Submitted by Robert Taylor
|Theme:||Looking Forward To The Ultimate Homecoming|
|Object:||“Heaven Is Real” video and book|
|Scripture:||“Then I saw a new heaven and a new earth, for the old heaven and the old earth had disappeared. And the sea was also gone. And I saw the holy city, the new Jerusalem, coming down from God out of heaven like a bride beautifully dressed for her husband. I heard a loud shout from the throne, saying, ‘Look, God’s home is now among his people! He will live with them, and they will be his people. God himself will be with them. He will wipe every tear from their eyes, and there will be no more death or sorrow or crying or pain. All these things are gone forever.’” Revelation 21: 1-4|
When you think of the word “homecoming”, what is the first thing that comes to your mind? Family reunions? Soldiers returning from war? Church get-togethers that are held every year, like we are having today? The word “homecoming” probably means a lot of different things to a lot of people.
Today, I wanted to share with you a story that is in a video I brought that gives a glimpse of the Ultimate Homecoming.
It is a very special story about a boy named Colton Burpo [pic]. When he was almost 4 years old, God let him experience a very special treat for almost 2 hours. Without giving away anymore of the story, we’ll go ahead and watch this 7 minute video now.
[Show video] http://www.godtube.com/watch/?v=KLD6GWNX
So not only did God give Colton’s family a special gift of allowing allow him to come back to them, but the Lord gave Colton a very special treat of allowing him to see and experience what Heaven is like for a few minutes. He saw Heaven’s beauty, a great grandfather that passed away when his father was a little boy, a sister he didn’t know he had who passed away in his mom’s tummy a few years ago, but the greatest thing of all was that he was able to meet Jesus Himself.
Colton has also shared his story in a book [show book]. I encourage you to check it out and read it sometime.
So if you believe in Jesus and ever became afraid of dying or if you ever get sad when loved ones pass away who have known the Lord, just remember the brief homecoming experience Colton had and what we have to look forward to. Remember what Colton said about Heaven at the end of the video “You will like it!”
Prayer: Lord, we thank you for allowing Colton to experience Heaven for a few minutes, so that he could come back and share what he saw with others. Help us to use his testimony and the testimony You give us in Your word to never be afraid of dying as long as we put our trust in You.
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