... the rest of the story


Jonathan and Rachel couldn't think of a treat they would enjoy more than those warm chocolate chip cookies.  Heaven will be filled with delights. Our senses will be challenged like they never have here on earth.  Jesus ate with his disciples after his resurrection and we are told we will feast in God's kingdom. (Luke 24:43)  Some falsely believe that enjoyment is a sinful concept.  How absurd!  God "richly provides us with everything for our enjoyment." (1 Timothy 6:17)

One might think Rachel would drink milk with her cookies.  But this water was perfect.  The water flows from the very throne of God in heaven. "To him who is thirsty I will give to drink without cost from the spring of the water of life." (Revelation 21:6)


Why not have a gold button in the car?  The New Jerusalem "will be a city of pure gold." (Revelation 21:18)


We know that "no ear has heard what God has prepared for those who love him."(1 Corinthians 2:9)  We are told that "a great multitude sang a new song before God's throne." (Revelation 14:3)  The sound of this choir must be amazing!


In this life we see the things promised in heaven and welcome them "from a distance." (Hebrews 11:13)   Jesus told his disciples that he was "going there to prepare a place" for them. (John 14:2) What an incredible place this king's castle must be!


There is no sun needed in the heavenly city because the "glory of God gives it light." (Revelation 21:23).  Jesus describes himself as "the bright Morning Star." (Revelation 22:16)


Who will lead us on our adventure to eternity? God "will be our guide even to the end." (Psalm 48:14)


No wonder the palace seemed so big: the New Jerusalem is described as 1,400 miles long, wide and high! (Revelation 21:16)  The children were overcomers of fear as they neared. We are promised that God "will give the right to eat from the tree of life to him who overcomes." (Revelation 2:7) Their fear vanished because "God himself will be with them." (Revelation 21:3) The saints of old like Abraham "were longing for a better country-a heavenly one. Therefore God is not ashamed to be called their God, for he has prepared a city for them." (Hebrews 11:16)


The white horse in front of the castle was apparently friendly.  Isaiah chapter 11 states that animals will be friendly and no longer ferocious in heaven. Jesus is the rider on the white horse. (Revelation 19)


The gate was open because we are told that "on no day will its gates ever be shut." (Revelation 21:25) No burglars are roaming around heaven!


The kids were so excited to get there.  Believers in Christ "are looking forward to a new heaven and a new earth, the home of righteousness."(2 Peter 3:13)  "We wait eagerly for our adoption." (Romans 8:23) This place seemed familiar as Jesus said there would be a "renewal of all things." (Matthew 19:28)  He also said he was "making everything new!" (Revelation 21:5)  Perhaps Adam and Eve might recognize the Eden of old! The peacefulness of the setting reminds us that saints will "rest from their labor." (Revelation 14:13) The children could not comprehend how peaceful it was because "the peace of God transcends all understanding." (Philippians 4:7)