Here are five people I can’t wait to meet in heaven.
The Apostle Paul
Naturally, Jesus is far and away the One whom I want to meet. Jesus is most precious, and I will fall at His feet and lay flat on the ground to worship Him, if only I see Him. But next to Jesus Christ, why not the Apostle Paul? I have always wanted to know what was his “thorn in the flesh” (2 Corinthians 12:1-7) that he prayed three times to have removed? What was it like living in those Roman prisons? Did God speak to him audibly or was it an internal voice that only he could hear? Did others hear it?
I think Abraham would be someone I’d like to meet and sit down and talk with. What was it like knowing that you were going to sacrifice your only son with the promise, Isaac? Did you think God would resurrect him right there? Did you try to talk to God about a way out? What did it feel like raising that knife over your son? Whatever happened to Lot? He disappeared from Scripture right after Sodom and Gomorrah.
The Apostle Peter
What was it that Jesus said to the Apostle Peter that left him with the greatest impression? That’s what I would ask Peter. What was it like to see Him in person? By the way, I wouldn’t judge Peter for denying Jesus Christ three times because if I were in his sandals, I’d have probably done the very same thing, or worse. Then I would ask him, is it true about church tradition and church history that you were crucified upside down? What was that like? Why did you do that? Did you not feel worthy to be crucified in the same manner that Jesus Christ was?
One of the first things I’d ask King David was how did he know what to write in the psalms? How did God speak to you to write these under the inspiration of the Holy Spirit? What was that like? How did you know so much about the coming death of the Messiah, Who hadn’t even been born yet, like in Psalm 22? Have you seen the child you lost after your sin with Bathsheba? Is the child grown now or was the child still a baby when you entered into the presence of Christ after death?
I would ask Moses, what was it like to see the Shekinah glory cloud of God? Where you frightened when the cloud descended on the temple and you could not even enter it “because the cloud settled on it, and the glory of the LORD filled the tabernacle” (Exodus 40:34-35)? Did you tremble at this? Were you afraid in some ways like the ancient Israelites were as they asked Moses to speak to God and not them, as they were terrified at the thundering and lightening of God’s presence on Mount Sinai? Finally, what was it like to see God, even though you were hid in the cleft of the rock (Exodus 33:22)? What was that glory like? Can you even describe it?
Here is another person I can’t wait to meet in heaven: You! Yes, I want to meet all of the readers of this devotional someday because it’s sort of like I already know you. We have the same Father and Savior, we all have repented and believed, and we are in the same family–the family of God. In the kingdom of heaven, we’ll have all the time there is to talk and get to know one another because there’s no deadline in eternity. So I am really looking forward to meeting you in the kingdom someday, and I can’t wait!
May God richly bless you,
Pastor Jack Wellman
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