Homesick for Heaven
We are confident, I say, and willing rather to be absent from the body, and to be present with the Lord. ~2 Corinthians 5:8
Whenever I go on missions trips, I plan for a very packed schedule of preaching, teaching, and winning souls. The time spent with the pastor, the missionary, and the church members is a very encouraging time. However, for trips that last longer than five days, I start to get homesick for my family and to be back preaching and doing ministry at my church. In 2 Corinthians 5:1-8, Paul makes it very clear that he was homesick for Heaven. In fact, what he says should be the desire of every saved person.
We see the place.
Heaven is paradise. It is the city of the living God. It is the home of the saved. Jesus said of Heaven, “That where I am, there ye may be also.” Paul says that it is "to be absent from the body, and to be present with the Lord.” There is no sin in Heaven. There is no death, sorrow, crying, or pain in Heaven. It is cubic in size and measures 1,500 miles in length, width, and height. Its streets are made of gold. Its foundations are garnished with precious stones. It has gates that are made of pearls. The glory of God and the light of the Lamb give it perpetual light. It is a city whose Builder and Maker is God. It is the destiny of everyone who is saved.
We see the people.
God, the Lord Jesus Christ, and the Holy Spirit are there. An innumerable number of the angels of God are there. Believers during the Old Testament are there. Everyone who has placed his faith and trust in the Lord Jesus Christ as Savior is there after he leaves this life. These people are referred to as the