Heaven without Christ?
"The critical question for our generation - for every generation - is this:
If you could have heaven,
- with no sickness
- with all the friends you ever had on earth
- all the food you ever liked
- all the leisure activities you ever enjoyed
- all the natural beauties you ever saw
- all the physical pleasures you ever tasted
- no human conflict
- no natural disasters
From God is the Gospel - John Piper
Many people will think that their dear departed loved one who has (we presume) gone to heaven is looking down upon them left here on earth in pain, suffering and grief and is aware and even concerned with how they continue living their lives. This is probably just a sentimental coping mechanism invented by man to comfort one's grief. Surely to look down upon earth would cause pain and heartache seeing mankind in their current condition and if in heaven we have no pain, suffering or sadness then how could that be so? Surely whilst in heaven the last place they would be interested in would be our fallen planet - especially with the wonder and rapture of seeing and being with Christ.
Too often we focus on the 'message' of the Gospel - yes it is good news - yes it is great news - but not enough focus that the Gospel is Christ and our preaching should also focus and centre on Christ. There are many sermons preached that can only be described as pep talks - may we avoid the Christless preaching and return to the One and only Truth and worship Him whom God has lifted up.