Christ is Heaven

I?ve been reading a devotion written by Charles Spurgeon called ?Morning and Evening: Daily readings.? Spurgeon is one of the more famous preachers in Christian history.  His writings are filled with passion and rich in lessons. His January 17th, morning entry is on Revelation 14:1.

? Then I looked, and there before me was the Lamb, standing on Mount Zion? (Revelation 14:1, NIV)

Spurgeon writes:

?Heaven and Christ are the same thing;? to be with Christ is to be in heaven, and to be in heaven is to be with Christ ... ?O my Lord Jesus Christ, if I could be in heaven without thee, it would be a hell; and if I could be in hell, and have thee still, it would be a heaven to me, for thou art all the heaven I want.? It is true, is it not, Christian? Does not thy soul say so?
Spurgeon, C. H. (1995). Morning and evening : Daily readings (January 17 AM). Oak Harbor, WA: Logos Research Systems, Inc.

So often I contemplate heaven and I think about the problems that will go away. Asthma, allergies, back aches, or frustrations of life will be a thing of the past. I think about how beautiful a place it would be without pollution, traffic, death, or war. I think about how much more perfect my love will be. I will not think or feel any unrighteous thoughts. I will no longer need to seek spiritual growth because I will be perfected.

Perhaps all that is true, but what a thought from Spurgeon?s Daily readings; ?To be with Christ, is to be in heaven!? How great is our Lord that he is the crown jewel of heaven. I feel a little selfish now that I reflect on my own thoughts about heaven. It?s not just a place of ultimate comfort and peace. It is a glorious place to be with our Lord and Savior. It is a place that is illuminated by Christ himself.

?The city does not need the sun or the moon to shine on it, for the glory of God gives it light, and the Lamb is its lamp.? (Revelation 21:23, NIV)

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