HEAVEN (The Greater Reality): “Will We Know One Another There?”
On the 1st anniversary of the death of Matthew Warren (Rick & Kay Warren’s 27 year old son who took his life) I offer this wonderfully encouraging (at least to me :)) truth from the Bible.
Eric Clapton asked the honest question in his beautiful song, “Tears in Heaven”: “Would you know my name, if I saw you in heaven?” Most people tend to believe we will.
I’ve heard numerous stories from credible resources about those on their deathbeds reaching for, talking with, and “seeing” loved ones who’ve preceded them in death and are now in heaven. Are these stories true? Obviously, because of the death of my own, Jordan Blake Watts, I desperately want this to be true. But this i know….
For the truth we’ve got to go to the source for truth: God’s Word. And, although none of us reading this have been to heaven, the Bible implies to us a resounding, “Yes! It’s true!”
Note Jesus’ story, in Luke 16:19-31, of “the rich man & Lazarus.” (This “Lazarus” is a beggar, not the “Lazarus” Jesus raised from the dead in John 11.) In this story that Jesus told (if anyone is an authority on heaven, it’s Jesus), both the “rich man” and “Lazarus” maintain their distinct identities after their deaths. Furthermore, in Matthew 17, when Moses & Elijah spoke with Jesus, both of the Old Testament prophets (long dead) maintained their distinct identities. Finally, in Revelation 6:9-11, John saw “souls” in heaven, but they weren’t unidentifiable. They were distinct in their identity: they were the souls of those “who had been slain for the word of God and for the witness they had borne.”
When I get to heaven, I’m going to see Jesus. And I’m going to see Jordan. 🙂
Thank you, Jesus Christ, for making the wonder of heaven possible for all who place their faith in you.