If you were told that a brand-new palatial mansion was yours, bought and paid for, would you believe it? What if it was in writing? Then would you believe it? Suppose you did, then what? Wouldn’t you want to find out where your new home was and what it looked like? Wouldn’t you want to see the plans? Wouldn’t you ask about the view, the neighbors, the climate in that area, and every other detail you could think of? Wouldn’t you start dreaming of the day you would move in? And how do you suppose that news would change your life and priorities in the meantime?
Well, someone has promised you such a mansion-Jesus–and He’s put it in writing: “In My Fathers house are many mansions. … I go to prepare a place for you … that where I am, there you may be also” (John 14:23).
Want to know what life in your mansion will be like? These articles give a glimpse into the beautiful life that is waiting for you after this one. If you’ve received Jesus, its all yours–no payments, no taxes, no upkeep! Sound too good to be true? That’s just the beginning!
The Amazing Journey
The weekend that Peter had been looking forward to had finally arrived. Rising before dawn, he picked up his lovely fiancée, Melinda, to join him in an airborne adventure. They raced towards the tiny country airstrip, their anticipation mounting as daybreak neared. The single-engine prop plane that Peter had rented for the occasion was there on the tarmac, awaiting them.
Except for the pale bluish hue to the east, it was still dark as the two-seater droned down the small runway and lifted into the sky. In a matter of minutes they were soaring high above the lush landscape below. They both oohed and ahhed as the first rays of day set fire to the distant peaks and filled the cockpit with a warm golden glow.
It was glorious, just as Peter had hoped it would be on this maiden flight with his wife-to-be. “Isn’t this just fantastic?” Peter asked her. “You feel as free as a bird up here!”
“Yes, Honey, you were right, its magnificent,” she answered, leaning over and snuggling against his shoulder.
Their utter enjoyment of the view and each other was rudely interrupted when 20 minutes into the flight the tiny crafts motor sputtered and died. Instinctively, Peter reached for the ignition and tried to restart the plane. Once, twice, thrice he tried, but the engine refused to turn over.
No! This can’t be happening, he thought to himself.
“Do something, Sweetheart!” Melinda pleaded, as Peters attempts to bring the engine to life became more frantic.
“I’m trying!” he answered. “It won’t start!”
“We’re going down!” she shrieked. “Oh, God, please help us!”
Peter scoured the rapidly ascending terrain for a clearing of some kinda road, an open field, even railway tracks where he could make an emergency landing.
“Damn! Trees, nothing but trees!” he cried, as the tiny plane continued to drop from the morning sky into what looked like an endless tract of foliage.
As Peter awoke from what seemed to be a nightmare, he immediately called out, “Melinda, Melinda, are you all right?”
“Yes, I think so,” she answered in a hushed, stunned tone. “The last thing I remember is bracing ourselves just before we crashed into the treetops. I must have fainted after that.”
Overwhelmed by feelings of relief and awe that somehow they had managed to survive such an ordeal, they embraced and clung tightly to each other.
But they both felt so strange, so different. Feelings of lightheadedness seemed to give way to a peculiar sensation of overall lightness. They felt almost weightless.
Suddenly Melinda exclaimed, “Peter, what’s happening to us? Look! Our feet … they’re not even touching the ground!”
“I … I don’t know what’s happening,” he struggled to answer. “I’ve never felt like this before. … I feel like were going up!”
As their rate of ascent increased, Melinda cried, “Oh my God! No! Look at that!” pointing downwards. “The plane, its completely wrecked! Its burning! And … oh no! … It can’t be! Those two bodies … they’re us!”
“Oh, God!” Peter moaned. “We must be … dead!”
With those fateful words ringing in their ears, they both felt as if some unseen force had taken hold of them and was drawing them up, faster and faster, far above the wreckage below. All of a sudden they found themselves shooting through a dark passageway or tunnel of some kind at an incredible speed!
A light appeared ahead of them, which grew larger and brighter as they flew towards it. It was soon more dazzling and brilliant than any light they’d ever seen, but strangely, it did not hurt their eyes.
As they drew nearer to it, they realized it was a person, a brilliant Being of Light! Bathed in this all-pervading glow, they were flooded with an intense feeling of love and compassion.
Gone were the apprehension and shock they felt upon realizing they were dead. Enveloped in this warm and loving Light, they were completely at peace. Never before had they felt so wonderful, so loved!
There, in the presence of the Being of Light, they both found themselves watching a detailed review of their entire lives. They were not just viewing, but actually experiencing a full-color, three-dimensional presentation in which they saw themselves from the time they were tiny toddlers all the way through to the moment of the plane crash.
Remorsefully, they observed and relived every unkind or selfish thing they did as children. Every detail was crystal clear. Thankfully, they also saw all the good things they had done: when they shared or gave a toy to a childhood playmate, when they had helped a friend in need, when they offered a word of encouragement or did a deed of kindness–everything!
It was as if this life-review made each of them their own judge. They clearly and honestly saw where they had failed and where they had succeeded. There was no denying anything. Everything was irrefutably true, and the conclusions they reached were clear and fair. And though they reviewed their whole lives, scene after scene, when it was over they felt as if the entire review had lasted only a few moments.
Having had their lives literally “flash before their eyes,” they looked apprehensively into the face of the Being of Light. What relief they felt when their eyes met His and found them still warm and loving, full of sympathy and understanding. Despite their wrongdoing and mistakes, they found unconditional love and acceptance.
The Being extended a welcoming hand, and motioned toward a beautiful shimmering golden light in the distance, which was brighter than any of the stars around it. “Fear not, little children,” He encouraged them. “It is your Fathers good pleasure to give you His kingdom! For in My Fathers House are many mansions, and I have prepared a place for you, that where I am, there you may be also!”
Peter and Melinda then realized that this kind and loving person was Jesus, and that He was welcoming them home to Heaven. Although all of their wrongs and mistakes, shortcomings and failures of the past are perfectly known to Him, He still loves them and received them with open arms. Tears of thankfulness streamed down their cheeks as He embraced and comforted them, and tenderly wiped their tears away.
“That’s why I died for you because I love you!” He assured them. “I took your sins upon Myself so that you wont have to suffer for them. Because you believed in Me and accepted My sacrifice for you, your sins are cleansed and forgiven forever! So come now, enter the kingdom that I have prepared for you!”
And with that, He took them each by the hand and they began flying again, as they had in the tunnel. Their destination, a beautiful crystal-gold heavenly city, grew larger and larger as they approached it, until they were both overwhelmed by its immensity and beauty!
As they entered through one of its pearly portals, they were thrilled to be met by the reception party there to greet them. Peter could hardly believe his ears when a voice he had missed terribly called to him from the side, “Welcome home, Son!” He turned to meet his mother, who had died of an illness seven years earlier. She looked just beautiful–young, vibrant and radiant–the way Peter remembered her when he was just a little boy. They clung to each other and wept for joy, thanking God for this wonderful reunion!
Neither Peter nor Melinda had ever imagined that Heaven would be so wonderful! Everyone is loving and kind; no one is a stranger. Everything is incredibly alive and vibrant, from the luscious flower-filled gardens and parks to the magnificent trees and the friendly animals of all sorts. The buildings and houses are of such amazing design and beautiful colors and materials; they can’t even be compared with anything they have ever seen before!
All the people are wearing shimmering, shining garments of light that lightly drape and reveal their beautiful forms. No one is rushed or hurried, they just seem to float along the golden sidewalks and lush green grass, their feet barely touching the ground. Others actually fly and glide gracefully through the air!
The story of Peter and Melinda’s incredible journey is no mere fantasy. It is based on the near-death experiences of thousands of cases that have been scientifically documented in authoritative studies and books. Of course, in all such cases, the subjects–some who were clinically dead for as long as 20 to 30 minutes–were revived. Each one testified that the Being of Light who reviewed their lives had offered them the opportunity to return to their bodies and their life on earth. But these are the exceptions, as its obvious that most people do not come back after passing on.
Are you ready for that incredible journey? Is there a place for you in Gods wonderful Heavenly City (described in the Bible’s Book of Revelation, chapters 21 and 22)? Peter and Melinda were ready because before passing on they had both believed in Jesus Christ, and had chosen to receive Him into their hearts. “For God so loved the world [you and me], that He gave His only begotten Son [Jesus], that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life” (John 3:16).