Saturday, December 15, 2007

Our First Christmas in Heaven

I don't know if many people trouble themselves with some aspects of the coming of God's kingdom as much as I do. I get antsy as I anticipate what the Lord of Creation has planned for those who love Him.

God and His Angels Enthroned on High in the Heavens by Beatrice Adams
God and His Angels Enthroned on High in the Heavens

I try to visualize the sky splitting as the redeemed are taken out of the tribulation, and the dead in Christ leading throngs, tribes and all kinds of people singing "Our God is an Awesome God, He reigns from Heaven above," as we approach Heaven's gates.

Our hearts will pour out in song at God's faithfulness to His promise, knowing that it is finally over. Then, as we march in front of the reviewing stand seeking to catch the eye of loved ones gone before, we will have begun our first day in Heaven.

After the first day and the presentation to the throne of God of the -- New Song, that the redeemed will sing of the Lamb who was slain, I try to imagine the name of that new song and even the words, but I am not able.

Then, I think about the first Christmas in Heaven.

Some would disagree and say that this holiday is not needed or that time will be no more, but I believe that we will celebrate the things that glorify our Lord according to season.

The Revelation of John refers always to Jesus as the Lamb of God. There is great significance to that because the theme of Heaven is that we were purchased with His blood and we are a possession of His. We will have constant knowledge that we are His bride and that He chose us from the foundation of the world. Our gratefulness will increase the more He reveals to us, and for the reason He died to make it all possible, is the reason that He came.

Imagine this:

The Heavenly music is muted somewhat as the angels begin to gather. The great light, which is from the throne--changes. Still bright but taking on a royal glow and now shimmering as the word comes forth from the Father "For unto you is born this day in the city of David a savior, which is Christ the Lord. And this shall be a sign unto you; Ye shall find the babe wrapped in swaddling clothes, lying in a manger."

Then the angels sing in beauty like we have never heard before, a song that is new to us.

At least, the words are new: the feeling of the song is familiar like Christmas carols we sang when the real Christmas spirit finally washed over us. But the words reflect the birth of the Christ-Child from the point of Heaven's view.

The verse tells of joy the Lord had, now that the time had finally come when He could walk among those He loved, and show them the way to God's forgiveness. Being born unto men, he could give revelation of Himself and leave the same which is the word.

Then the verse:

"What great love He had, that He should leave this place, What great love He had...
Then, after some singing and great joy, joy unspeakable,

The Christ of Christmas walks into view and there is a clap offering given that is thunderous in Heaven, even echoing throughout the Universe. It seems unending and The One on the Throne is pleased. Then the praise and laughing becomes contagious among the Bride of Christ.

That kind of laughing will seem interesting to us at first, but we quickly realize that it is normal because of the great happiness that comes after the curse if lifted. The season of celebration has been so wonderful and so free of what Christmas once was, that we are afraid it might end.

Then comes; a distraction of the gift of a new revelation of Himself that He kept special for us till this time. It is nearly too much to take in, for us who are so new to Heaven. Soon we are eating a new fruit and counting the months until the next time we can celebrate CHRISTMAS IN HEAVEN.

When you make Him your Lord and Savior, you'll feel the release that forgiveness gives.

But whatever you do, don't let an empty faith or anything short of the salvation that He died to give you, keep you from a very special


Christmas Lights Shine Over a Street
Christmas Lights Shine Over a Street

Tom Buttram, all posters


Saija said...

i know some who will be celebrating their first Christmas in heaven this year ... i get a lump in my throat as i think of their joy ... and ours to come!

Hailey's Beats and Bits said...

this is quite a promising scene, mimi. as Christians that would be our ultimate day. very inspiring post to anticipate His coming.

Nancy said...

What a wonderful way to think of heaven, My earthy father is celebrating his first Christmas there. What a comforting thought.
Thanks for visiting, & yes the tree is for real, it has some sort of telescoping device that goes up & down. I do add a few decorations to fill the holes in tho'

Cathy said...

I enjoyed reading your thoughts, Mimi. And the word says "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." :o)

Mary Isabella said...

I have a childhood friend who lost her husband last Sunday night. He will be having a wonderful Christmas this year. Blessings to you Mary

Sis. Julie said...

Lord Jesus...>Come quickly!! My husband's grandmother is spending her first Christmas in Heaven with her Lord and Savior and also with her son (my husband's father who died in the Vietnam War). I have thought about that and how wonderful that must be. I'm ready to go Home whenever the Lord calls me!!

Sharon said...

I have two aunts and an uncle spending their first Christmas in Heaven and this was such a wonderful and comforting thought, Mimi!

Mary said...

I do not have a loved one spending their first Christmas in heaven, but Dad will be celebrating his 26th year there. How wonderful that must be for him.

Thanks so much for posting your uplifting and precious thoughts of heaven. And thank you too for stopping by my blog and wishing my husband and I a happy anniversary. I have posted about it and hope you can find time to drop by.


Mimi said...

I too know some dear friends who will be spending their first Christmas in Heaven... and can only rejoice for them in all their glory...

this is indeed a promising scene.. because as Christians this is our promise that one day we will be spending Christmas in Heaven with Christ himself!!!

you can be comforted knowing that your earthly father is celebrating Christmas with your Heavenly Father.. isn't that a wonderful comfort?

It is very comforting to know that God is preparing a place for us in Heaven to be with Him for all eternity...

Mary Isabella,
yes it is such a comfort to know that your friends husband will be with Jesus this Christmas season...
and this will be his BEST CHRISTMAS EVER!!

Your husband's grandmother will be singing all her favorite hymns this Christmas!!!

your aunts and uncle will be together and enjoying themselves more than you can imagine this Christmas!!!

Your dad has had a wonderful 26 years with our Heavenly Father and he is waiting for you there...

blessings to you all this Christmas season...

mommyofaheartangel said...

My little boy will be spending his 3rd Christmas in Heaven this year. I want him here w/me so badly. I know his Christmas celebration with our Lord will be much better than ours here. Thank you for allowing me to have such a wonderful vision of what his Christmas will be like.

Mimi said...

Dear Mommy of a Heart Angel
I know you would like your little boy to be spending Christmas with you... but just think of him sitting on Jesus Lap singing Christmas Carols... with a great Big Smile on his sweet face...
Blessings to you ,
P.S. I tried to go to your blog... but you don't have it completely set up to post to yet... but I will keep checking by... I would love to visit you when you get it set up...