John 3 16-18
This is how much God loved the world. He gave his Son, his one and only Son. And this is why: so that no one need be destroyed; by believing in him, anyone can have a whole and lasting life. God didn't go to all the trouble of sending his Son merely to point an accusing finger, tellng the world how bad it was. He came to help, to put the world right again. Anyone who trusts in him is acquainted, anyone who refuses to trust him has long since been under the death sentence without knowing it. And why? Because of that person's failure to believe in the one-of-a-kind Son of God when introduced to him.
This world's not right. Just spend a few minutes watching the news, reading the paper, searching the internet. Daily something is reported that tells us that, as the song we used to sing, "People Need the Lord." Will this stop bad things from happening to them? No. If I believed that, I would have to believe that Jason's death was some kind of punishment for us. Jason's death was caused because sin entered this world through Adam and Eve. Jesus came to put the world right again, so now I can rest assured that Jason is in heaven.
It's so cold here today; he's not cold. Gasoline went up again; Jason is not concerned. His truck got terrible gas mileage, and he paid very close attention to gas prices when he was here, but in heaven, he doesn't have to worry about it. I wish I knew how he gets around up there, how does he transport his horses?
The economy is in real trouble right now, not a problem for him. He has no interest in interest rates.
My friend has cancer; one of my former students has cancer; Aunt Polly had a heart attack; no one Jason knows in heaven is ill. There are no hospitals, no medicines, no chemo, no need for any of these things.
My cousins buried their brother this week; there are no funeral homes in heaven.
Our family is taking turns sitting with Aunt Polly in ICU this weekend. I have no idea how many nights I have spent in uncomfortable chairs next to someone's bedside, waiting for test results, doctor visits, but I can tell you it has been too many. I will never have to do that in heaven because many years ago Jesus came to earth and put things right. What a gift, what reassurance.