Andy Hollifield 6-18-18
Revelation 21:4 And 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.
2 Corinthians 5:17 Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new.
Let me begin by saying that I hope every dad had a wonderful Father’s Day. To everyone else, cherish your dad every day and not just one day a year. The day will come that he will no longer be there so don’t leave anything unsaid or undone that you will regret later. This is the tenth Father’s Day without my dad. As a matter of fact, It was 11 years ago this past Friday that I made a statement to my dad, when he was extremely winded after walking out in the driveway, that he needed to go to the doctor and get checked out because something wasn’t right. Having no insurance, he laughed it off and said “I’m trying to hold out till 65.” I told him he might want to go ahead and get checked to make sure he made 65. Well, the sad truth is that he didn’t. I believe tomorrow, the Tuesday after Father’s Day,was the day that we found out that dad had lung cancer. Several other things came up and he graduated to the pain-free life mentioned in the scriptures above in October of ’07. I still regret the fact that, for reasons I won’t get into, I didn’t go to the Outer Banks the last time the family all went. None of those reasons seem all that important now. We had planned on going the next year but never had the opportunity.
The good news is that he is no longer suffering with any of the ailments or diseases that he left here with. Not only does he have a new body like unto the Son of God, but he is having a continuous family reunion even with some folks he never met here such as our first baby lost to miscarriage and waiting for us there, as well as a couple of nephews and at least one niece. Truth be known, like my uncle Carlos told everyone before his graduation, dad has “more family over there than he did over here” anyway. I take a lot of comfort in the fact that he is no longer hurting. I also take comfort in the fact that he hasn’t given any of us a thought since the morning he took his journey home. It just wouldn’t be heaven if he spent all those years missing us.
According to scripture, in Luke 16 we find that Lazarus was comforted after his death. We also find that the rich man was tormented because he rejected the Lord. He remembered his brothers and wanted them to be warned so they wouldn’t follow in his footsteps. I haven’t ever found where Lazarus had any recollection of anything about his former life. As much as I miss my family down here when I take a trip without them, I would hate to think that I would be remembering them and missing them for years if I get promoted before they do. I remember sitting on back of a trailer in Lincoln, Kansas when I was 19 years old, crying like a baby because I missed my family so bad. I had only been gone five days and was going to be home in only three more. I can’t begin to imagine how much I would miss them if I knew I wasn’t coming back.
David said in 2 Samuel 12:23 upon realizing his son had died as part of the judgment for his sin with Bathsheba, “But now he is dead, wherefore should I fast? Can I bring him back again? I shall go to him, but he shall not return to me.” I know that as much as my dad looked forward to heaven and seeing the Lord he had lived for most of his life, he didn’t want to go when he did. He loved life and people and would have loved to have lived long enough to grow old with momma. He finished his race. Hebrews 9:27 “And as it is appointed unto men once to die, but after this the judgment.” Dad never did like to miss an appointment and that is one we will all one day keep. I will get to go and be with him just because I have been born again by God’s grace.
I have thought a lot about what it must be like and what all is going on in heaven right now. “And the city had no need of the sun, neither of the moon, to shine in it: for the glory of God did lighten it, and the Lamb is the light thereof.” No moon means no night there. Just one glorious day according to Revelation 21:23. Luke 15:10 tell us that “there is joy in the presence of the angels over one sinner that repenteth.” I don’t pretend to understand a lot of things but I do know this; the saints are in the presence of the angels and redemption and the gospel is something “the angels desire to look into” according to 1 Peter 1:12. I suppose they don’t understand how Jesus could have loved us enough to die for us because they have never experienced salvation. Paul talked in 1 Corinthians 13:12 about the fact that “then shall I know even as also I am known.” As good as the reunions are going to be and as good as it will be to have no more death or pain or sorrow, and no more devil, it gets even better. When we get there, as many of our friends and family already have, we will see the one that died for our sins and get to worship and thank him throughout all eternity. There has never been but one day in heaven and it is Father’s Day. Not to honor our fathers but to honor and praise God the Father for saving our souls and bestowing his grace and mercy upon us.
No, there is no Facebook in heaven and those that are gone on before us wouldn’t be reading it if there was. Remembering those that they left behind would bring them sorrow and there is none there. Besides that, they have better things to do; worshipping the one that got them there. Have a blessed day in the Lord!!!
Andy Hollifield 6-18-18