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Dr. Walter D. Huyck Jr. D.Min.

The Place Called Heaven

John 14.1-3

[Resourced in part from Dr. R.G.Lee]

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[Many years ago when D. L. Moody was still busy in this country, there was an industrial exposition in Chicago. There was in the exposition ground a fountain which became the rendezvous for folk who arranged to meet each other. One would say to another, "Will you meet me at the fountain?" The answer was, "All right, I will meet you at the fountain."]

[P. P. Bliss, the gospel song writer, was allured with this meeting place. He wrote the gospel song based on it, lifting the thought from the meeting place in the exposition ground to that higher meeting place, and he wrote this: ]

[Will you meet me at the fountain,]

[When I reach the glory-land?]

[When you meet me at the fountain,]

[Shall I clasp your friendly hand? ]

[Other friends will give you welcome;]

[Other loving voices cheer;]

[There'll be music at the fountain—]

[Will you, will you meet me there?—Selected—Encyclopedia of 15,000 Illustrations]

 When we think of Heaven we must think of: 

A.       It’s Meagerness [– When we speak and preach the placed called heaven we must understand our human linguistic ability.  R.G. Lee said, “The word ‘meager’ means deficient in or destitute of quantity and quality.  When I use the word ‘meagerness’ in pointing to Heaven, I mean to say that any quantity of words, most skillfully arranged and most eloquently spoken, are deficient in power fully to portray the wonders and wealth of the place called Heaven. [The Placed Called Heaven, Christ for the World Publishers, 1959]  Consider:] 

1.      [John C. Calhoun – November 4,1811 – With Henry Clay as Speaker of the House, made his first speech in reply to John Randolph of Virginia.  He spoke boldly against England.  “The Richmond Inquirer” said of the speech:  “Calhoun fells the cause of his opponents with the club of Hercules.  The cause of his country is robed in light while her opponents are wrapped in darkness.”] 

2.      [Henry Grady – December 1889 – The great Georgia statesman and Christian, upon the occasion of the New England dinner in New York, delivered the great oration “The New South,”  a message only twenty minutes long as to its delivery, but years long in its enduring influence.  A newspaper reporter wrote, “Grady was an animate aurora with all the variations of a luminous sunset.  He managed in twenty-minutes to bathe the whole nation with fraternal light.  His speech thawed out much coldness and inaugurated a better day.  The Gulf Stream hugged in midwinter New England’s ice-bound coast.”] 

3.      [Senator George Hoar from Massachusetts heard Dr, James Walker, president of Harvard College, speak.  Hoar’s comment was: “The tick of the clock in the college chapel was inaudible when the chapel was empty.  But it ticked out clear and loud upon the strained ears of the auditors who were waiting in the power of his sentences.”  In other word, Men listened as they had never listened before.] 

4.      [Charles Haddon Spurgeon – 1834-1892 – Often referred to as “The Prince of Preachers,” eloquently gripped the attention of over 10,000 listeners with his sermons before the time of electronic amplification.  His written works are still some of the most desired volume’s sought by preachers today. 

5.      [Dr. Adrian Rogers1931-2005 – Was a dynamic pastor and preacher, who through his fervency, vibrancy, and articulation lead the Southern Baptist Convention into what we call the Conservative Resurgence.  He gripped multitudes with his sermons and always seized all of my attention when I heard him speak.  I found myself hanging on his words.] 

6.      [If I could speak with the strength of Calhoun, as greatly as Grady, as wonderfully as Hoar, as eloquently as Spurgeon, and as dynamically as Adrian Rogers, all I could say about heaven would still be meager in comparison to its reality.  Hence, as I begin to speak of heaven I cannot help but think of it’s meagerness in my articulation.] 

B.     It’s Mistake (Luke 10.17,20; Heb 12.23; John 14.2-3) [– Not the mistake of heaven itself, but the mistake of those who would convince others that there is no place called heaven.] 

1.      [Heaven is not merely an abstract thought.  It is not a mere emotional feeling.  R.G. Lee once noted, “Heaven by some, who have vague and floating ideas of heaven, is thought of and spoken of as a sublimated and ethereal state, ever purely spiritual, ever abstracted and removed from all the sympathies of the present life.”] 

2.      [Heaven is a real place.  Heaven is a real physical place.  Just as:] 

a.       [Your home is a place.]

b.      [A jail is a place.]

c.       [Mount Moriah is a place]

d.      [Your city is a place.] 

3.      [Luke recorded:] 

a.       [The astounding power of the seventy that were sent out by Jesus and their amazement.] 

[Luke 10:17 And the seventy returned again with joy, saying, Lord, even the devils are subject unto us through thy name. ] 

b.      [Jesus reminded them that heaven was a real place when He said,] 

[Luke 10:20 Notwithstanding in this rejoice not, that the spirits are subject unto you; but rather rejoice, because your names are written in heaven. ] 

4.      [Jesus would encourage us with similar words, as scripture records:] 

[Hebrews 12:23 To the general assembly and church of the firstborn, which are written in heaven, . . .] 

5.      [Jesus twice refers to heaven as a place.] 

[John 14:2-3 In my Father's house are many mansions: if it were not so, I would have told you. I go to prepare a place for you. 3And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again, and receive you unto myself; that where I am, there ye may be also.]  

6.      [D.L. Moody said, “My heaven is a solid heaven.  After the resurrection has come, you will have a resurrection foot and something to tread on; a resurrection eye and colors and substances to see with it, a resurrection ear and voices and music to regale it, a resurrection heart and to satisfy it. I have no patience with your transcendental, gelatinous, gaseous heaven.”] 

7.      [Jesus went to prepare a place for you.  A real physical place where pure waters of life flow freely from the throne lined on both sides by the trees of life that bear twelve types of fruit and whose leaves heal the nations.]

 C.     The Multitudes (Rev 7.9; Heb 12.22) [– While exiled on the island of Patmos, the lonely John looked and saw the place called heaven and wrote,] 

[Rev. 7:9 After this I beheld, and, lo, a great multitude, which no man could number, of all nations, and kindreds, and people, and tongues, stood before the throne, and before the Lamb, clothed with white robes, and palms in their hands;]  

1.      [Untold millions have gone to heaven since this vision was recorded by the Apostle John.  Multitudes upon multitudes are there in the glorious light of the eternal lamb, slain from the foundation of the world.  Bible reminds you that when you fit yourself for heaven, you prepared yourself to join this redeemed host.] 

[Hebrews 12:22 But ye are come unto mount Sion, and unto the city of the living God, the heavenly Jerusalem, and to an innumerable company of angels,]  

2.      [Multitudes from:] 

a.       [China’s hidden, underground churches, where Lottie Moon gave herself in ministry, and where numerous other missionaries work tirelessly to share the gospel today.] 

b.      [Ecuador’s hidden jungles where Jim Elliot and other missionaries were speared to death, and would rather die than defend themselves with firearms because they were ready for heaven, but the Indian’s were not.  Yet, today multitudes in those jungles are securing heaven as their home because of their sacrifices.] 

c.       [The radically religious Muslim nations will be found in heaven’s multitude because of those missionaries today who hazard their lives, many sacrificing their lives to bring the gospel to the lost in their militant lands.] 

d.      [The ranks of the despised and reproached handicapped peoples of our world will be seen in this hallowed place of restoration and renewal.  Many of whom will see for the first time when they gaze upon the Lion of the Tribe of Judah.  Many who will hear for the first time as they listen to the precious words, “Well done my good and faithful servant.”  Many who will leap for joy in the presence of this innumerable host who have never walked before.] 

e.       [The poverty stricken and lowly esteemed as well as the upper class and affluent who focused their eyes upon Jesus Christ rather than the corruptible riches of this temporal existence will be seen in this place.] 

f.        [The lost and sinful world who have heard and responded to the gospel of Jesus Christ will be seen in this precious, perfect and prepared place.] 

D.    It’s Marvels (1 Kings 10.4-7; 1 Cor 2.9; Rev 21.3-5) [– Having considered the multitudes eternally inhabiting this place called heaven we are also compelled to consider the marvels of this incredible place.]   

1.      [The Queen of Sheba once came to see King Solomon in all his glory and said,] 

[1 Kings 10:4-7 And when the queen of Sheba had seen all Solomon's wisdom, and the house that he had built, 5And the meat of his table, and the sitting of his servants, and the attendance of his ministers, and their apparel, and his cupbearers, and his ascent by which he went up unto the house of the Lord; there was no more spirit in her. 6And she said to the king, It was a true report that I heard in mine own land of thy acts and of thy wisdom. 7Howbeit I believed not the words, until I came, and mine eyes had seen it: and, behold, the half was not told me: thy wisdom and prosperity exceedeth the fame which I heard.]  

a.       [The queen of Sheba had not heard the half of Solomon’s glory.  In comparison we will find that the minutest fraction of heaven’s glory and perfection has not been told, nor could be in human speech.] 

2.      [Paul wrote:] 

[1 Cor. 2:9 But as it is written, Eye hath not seen, nor ear heard, neither have entered into the heart of man, the things which God hath prepared for them that love him. ] 

3.      [Dr. Bounds wrote, “all figures and values and beauty are exhausted in description.  Earthly and angelic vocabularies are exhausted—and yet only the outside is described.  What there is of wealth and good inside defies all language to convey, all beauty to describe.”] 

4.      [Yet this is the marvelous place promised to all who have accepted Jesus Christ as their personal Lord and Savior.  They are promised a place like that described y John when he wrote,] 

[Rev. 21:3-5 And I heard a great voice out of heaven saying, Behold, the tabernacle of God is with men, and he will dwell with them, and they shall be his people, and God himself shall be with them, and be their God. 4And God shall wipe away all tears from their eyes; and there shall be no more death, neither sorrow, nor crying, neither shall there be any more pain: for the former things are passed away. 5And he that sat upon the throne said, Behold, I make all things new. And he said unto me, Write: for these words are true and faithful. ] 

[What a Marvelous place, A Place Called Heaven.] 

E.     The Madness (Acts 26.9-11; 24; Rev 22.3-5) [– The madness of multitudes in our culture today.] 

1.      [Many have noted this madness:] 

a.       [R.G. Lee said, “Many are mad—wildly mad, and tragically mad—in this world . . .”] 

b.      [John Taylor said, “’Tis a mad world, my masters, and in sadness I travailed madly in these days of madness.”] 

c.       [The Apostle Paul wrote, ] 

[Acts 26:9-11 I verily thought with myself, that I ought to do many things contrary to the name of Jesus of Nazareth. 10Which thing I also did in Jerusalem: and many of the saints did I shut up in prison, having received authority from the chief priests; and when they were put to death, I gave my voice against them. 11And I punished them oft in every synagogue, and compelled them to blaspheme; and being exceedingly mad against them, I persecuted them even unto strange cities.]  

d.      [Festus demonstrated the worlds madness when, in the presence of King Agrippa, he said of Paul,] 

[Acts 26:24 And as he thus spake for himself, Festus said with a loud voice, Paul, thou art beside thyself; much learning doth make thee mad.]  

2.      [The Madness Simply Put.  That God has provided a perfect, precious, marvelous place of eternal bliss and glory, and mankind is largely leaving itself unprepared for this place.] 

a.       [If there were an island, somewhere on earth, where all forms of cancer were mysteriously cured, aides could be completely healed, hearts never failed, arthritis never inflamed a joint, cholesterol never clogged an artery, and death never visited a family, you would give everything you owned to be on that island.  And yet, multitudes look scoffingly at heaven which is just such a place.] 

b.      [We find that in heaven there is:] 

1)      [Perfect Security] 

[Rev. 22:3 And there shall be no more curse: . . . ] 

2)      [Perfect Government] 

[Rev. 22:3 . . . but the throne of God and of the Lamb shall be in it; . . .]  

3)      [Perfect Service ] 

[Rev. 22:3 . . . and his servants shall serve him: ] 

4)      [Perfect Fellowship] 

[Rev. 22:4 And they shall see his face; . . . ] 

5)      [Perfect Recognition] 

[Rev. 22:4 . . . and his name shall be in their foreheads.]  

6)      [Perfect Knowledge] 

[Rev. 22:5 And there shall be no night there; and they need no candle, neither light of the sun; for the Lord God giveth them light. . .] 

7)      [Perfect Victory] 

[Rev. 22:5 . . . and they shall reign for ever and ever.]  

3.      [It is madness to be offered such a perfect, precious, marvelous place like heaven and to not make oneself ready to enter that wonderful place.] 

F.      It’s Master (John 14.1-3) [– The Master and Maker of heaven is none other than Jesus Christ himself.] 

[John 14:1-3 Let not your heart be troubled: ye believe in God, believe also in me. 2In my Father's house are many mansions: if it were not so, I would have told you. I go to prepare a place for you. 3And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again, and receive you unto myself; that where I am, there ye may be also. ] 

1.      [Jesus has gone to prepare a place for you.  A place that the highest aspirations of mans imagination cannot conceive of.  He is preparing for you and has place a mansion in it just for you.  It is a:] 

a.       [Physical Place.]

b.      [Perfect Place.]

c.       [Precious Place]

d.      [Permanent Place.]

e.       [Promised Place.] 

2.      [The Master of this place, King Jesus desires that you be in this place.  Jesus wants you there and He offers it to you as a free, eternal gift.  Yet, you must let Him know that you want to join Him in This Place Called Heaven.  You let Him know by:] 

[Romans 10:9That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved. ] 

3.      [Will you accept Jesus Christ as your personal Lord and Savior, or will you continue in your earthly madness?]


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