Welcome to INTO THE LIGHT Journal!

This journal is NOT about me but about the GREAT Savior, the LORD JESUS CHRIST and ALL that He has done for me(and NOT what I have done)—who saved and changed (inside-out) a great sinner like me. I don't claim that I know everything about life. But one thing I am certain, that apart from the love and mercies of Christ—I AM NOTHING. "... God forbid that I should boast except in the cross of our Lord Jesus Christ, by whom the world has been crucified to me, and I to the world."(Galatians 6:14). I’m attesting the words of Charles Spurgeon: "My hope lives not because I am not a sinner but because I am a sinner for whom Christ died; I don’t trust that I am holy but that, being unholy, He is my righteousness. I don't have to be rich, but I must be pure. My faith doesn’t rest upon what I am, or shall be, or feel, or know, but in what Christ IS and what He has done for me. The love of Jesus is the source of salvation. He loves, He looks, He touches us, and we live!" Christ said, "I am the vine, you are the branches. He who abides in Me, and I in him, bears much fruit; for without Me you can do nothing."(John 15:5). For of Him and through Him and to Him are all things, to whom be glory forever. Amen. (Romans 10:36)

Serving in Christ's throne of grace,

Erlinda Mejia Olson, RN

Unto A Place Called HEAVEN

By: Erlinda Mejia Olson

JOHN 14:1-3 ~ "Let not your heart be troubled; you believe in God, believe also in Me. 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. And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again and receive you to Myself; that where I am, there you may be also."

Previously, I have shared with you, What Is A Home? I was pretty much referring to our earthly home. Now, let me shift to a higher gear. As much as we all find having a roof over our heads important in this life, we now need to discuss our eternal home.

Unlike the earthly homes, the eternal home comes in two kinds, with unsimilar characteristics, they are pre-constructed, and unmodifiable. It has one door, once you decide to enter, there is no turning back.

What are these two kinds of eternal homes? In this article I will discuss the first kind. In John 14:1-3, the Lord Jesus is preparing a house - not just a "house", but a mansion. Can you begin to imagine living in a mansion with the Lord? Where is this mansion He's talking about? In His Father's house. And where is the Father's house? It is in the third Heaven ... (2 Corinthians 12:2). In other words, the first kind of eternal home  will be with the Lord Jesus - unto a place called Heaven.

What is Heaven? It is certainly a REAL PLACE! Not floating on the clouds - playing a harp forever, like some people believe. It is a place of splendor and majesty. A place where beauty is beyond imagination! It's a place that has many mansions where the saints of God will live; mansions which are designed and built specifically and uniquely by God Himself. We see all the palaces and mansions that people are living today that we think are so beautiful, but will never come close to these mansions that God has built. All these man-made palaces and mansions are but temporary; they will be burned up by God someday (2 Peter 3:10).

Heaven is a place where all the hardships of this world will be gone. There will be no more tears for "...God will wipe away every tear from their eyes; there shall be no more death, nor sorrow, nor crying. There shall be no more pain, for the former things have passed away." (Revelation 24:1).  All things made new ( please read Revelation 24:2-27).

But above all, God is in Heaven. As saved Christians, we all look forward to seeing God and the fullness of His glory; be reunited with Him, and with our saved loved ones who have gone before us.

How do you get there? In John 14:6, the Lord Jesus said, "...I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through Me." That's pretty clear, isn't it? So, not through your church, not through your own good works, not even through your religion or your family, that you will get to Heaven. Reservation fee is not needed. You don't need to buy this place, because it has been purchased for you, by the blood of Christ (Revelation 5:9). It is a GIFT (Ephesians 2:8-9)!  Now, it is totally up to you to claim this gift. Please take note that if you decide to claim this gift, the title is yours forever in Christ, it is not transferable, nor could you lose it.

Friend, I could go on and on about this topic, and still come out with one main point - pointing you out to this place called Heaven. I know that there are many times in this life when we can become weary of what life brings down our path, but don't lose heart. When Satan tempts you to go despair, think of what Christ has done for you and where He is now. Remind yourself of Heaven. And, yes, I so desire for us to be neighbors, but not in "Farmville",  but in my MANSION in HEAVEN. Will I see you then?
*Journal Date: 11/1/2010
*Time: 12:00PM CST