Heaven is for real

Three thousand years ago, the wisest man in the world, King Solomon, wrote these words, "God has set eternity in the human heart." Ecclesiastes 3:11

That means God has made us with a yearning for heaven, and there is nothing on this earth that ever will satisfy us completely. It's something that only can be satisfied by heaven; nothing on earth can fill the eternity-shaped void in our hearts. We were created for the perfection of heaven and never will be satisfied until we arrive there.

The great Christian author C.S. Lewis expressed our dissatisfaction this way: "Creatures are not born with desires unless satisfaction for those desires exists. A baby feels hunger: Well, there's such a thing as food. A duckling wants to swim: Well, there is such a thing as water. Men feel sexual desire: Well, there is such a thing as marriage. If I find in myself a desire which no experience in this world can satisfy, its most probable explanation is that I was made for another world. (And) if none of my earthly pleasures satisfy it, that does not mean that the universe is a fraud ... earthly pleasures were never meant to satisfy it, but only to arouse it, (and) to suggest the very thing."

Science fiction writer Isaac Asimov writes, "I don't believe in the afterlife, so I don't have to spend my whole life fearing hell or fearing heaven even more. For whatever the tortures of hell, I think the boredom of heaven would be even worse."

That's how a lot of people think about heaven -- that it's going to be a place where we do nothing or do the same thing all eternity long. In other words, a place that's b-o-o-o-r-i-n-g. But that is not true.

I'm sorry if you've gotten the impression that heaven will be boring, because the opposite is the case. Heaven instead will be far more fascinating than anything we'll ever experience on this earth.

When Todd Burpo wrote a book about his son Colton's account of visiting heaven, he never in his wildest dreams imagined it would hit the New York Times best-seller list, selling 8 million copies in paperback and e-books.

The film adaptation of "Heaven Is for Real," released this Easter, is approaching the $66 million box office mark.

"Heaven is for Real" is striking a chord in the hearts of Americans who want to understand better the innate longing inside to know our eternal destiny.

"Heaven is for Real" tells the story of Colton Burpo, who during an emergency appendectomy and miraculous recovery, recalls in detail his trip to heaven and back.

Colton, not yet 4 years old, told his parents he left his body during the surgery and authenticated that claim by describing exactly what his parents were doing in another part of the hospital during his operation.

Colton talked of visiting heaven and relayed stories told by people he met there -- people whom he never had met in his life.

He also shared events that happened even before he was born and giving astonishing descriptions and obscure details about heaven that match the Bible exactly.

I encourage you to see "Heaven is for Real," and if you can, join with the C3 congregation this Sunday as we hear from Jesus himself about the reality of heaven and hell.

To find out more, visit C3 at www.celebratejesus.org.

Kyle Ermoian in the founding and senior pastor of Celebration Community Church.