We know that we will go to Heaven because of:
1. The Promise Jesus Made
First, I know that those in Christ will go to Heaven because of the promise Jesus made. Some of the most familiar verses in the Bible are about the mansions in Heaven that He is preparing for us and the promise that He will come again and take us to be with Him (John 14:1-2). He “promises” and He even “swears” that He will take us there (Heb. 6:16-20, NASV). Since God cannot lie (Titus 1:2)—indeed, it is impossible for God to lie (Heb. 6:18)—then we can have “strong encouragement” because our hope is both “sure and steadfast.”
I know that we live in a world where our leaders lie and speak with “forked tongue.” One man asked another, “How do you know when a politician is lying?” The other answered, “When his mouth is moving.” I am not sure that I would go that far, but I do know that, in our world, it is hard to trust in their “promises” no matter who they are. Of course, I also know that convicts lie, lawyers lie, car salesmen lie, church members lie, elders lie, preachers lie, those who write books lie (I guess I need to move on!). What I am saying is that Jesus is not like us! When He makes a promise, He keeps it and we know that we are going to go because of the promise Jesus made.
2. The Prayer Jesus Prayed
Second, I know that those in Christ will go to Heaven because of the prayer Jesus prayed. In John 17, Jesus prayed a prayer for His disciples and for us (v. 20). In that prayer, He prayed that His Father would “keep” us (v. 11). He prayed that His Father would “protect” us (v. 15). Then in verse 24, He prayed: “Father, I want those you have given me to be with me where I am.” Notice carefully that He prayed that we would be with Him in Heaven.
There are many praying men in the Bible. Daniel was a man who believed in praying (Dan. 6, 9). Elijah was known as a man of prayer (James 5:17-18). Prayer is powerful. Prayer put hungry lions on a diet and stopped rain for over three years. God listens when His people pray even though we don’t always do what is right. But Jesus could say, “I always do those things that please Him” (John 8:29). Therefore, He could say to His Father, “And I know that You always hear Me” (John 11:42). Since the Father always hears Him, and He prayed that we would be in Heaven, then I know we are going because of the prayer that Jesus prayed.
3. The Price Jesus Paid
Finally, I know that those in Christ, who continually trust in Him and seek to do His will for their lives, will go to Heaven because of the price Jesus paid. Jesus died for sins once for all, the righteous for the unrighteous, to bring us to God (1 Pet. 3:18). He was obedient to the point of death, even the death of the cross (Phil. 2:8). Isaiah said: “He was wounded for the wrong we did. He was crushed for the evil we did. The punishment, which made us well, was given to him, and we are healed because of his wounds. We all have wandered away like sheep; each of us has gone his own way. But the LORD has put on him the punishment for all the evil we have done” (Isa. 53:5-6, NCV). Therefore, “It is finished” (John 19:30). He has “offered one sacrifice for sins forever” and has “sat down” (Heb. 10:12).
Why has He sat down? Because nothing else needs to be done as far as the sacrifice for sins is concerned. Furthermore, since God “did not spare even his own Son but gave him up for us all, won’t he also give us everything else?” (Rom. 8:32, NLT). In other words, if God let Jesus die for us, then surely, surely, surely, He will give us all the things that we need to get us to Heaven! The promise Jesus made, the prayer Jesus prayed, and the price Jesus paid should help His people be unafraid.
This is from my book, “Heaven: Where Few Are Many.” It can be ordered from me firstname.lastname@example.org or from Amazon.