CAN’T FOLLOW ME HOME Revelation 21
I. SORROW, YOU CAN’T FOLLOW ME HOME v. 4
A. There is no denying that this life is a life of trouble, trials and tragedies. Every day we hear accounts of diseases, distresses, discouragements and deaths. This is how the Bible said it would be, Job 14:1, Job 5:7; John 16:33, 1 Peter 4:12
B. There isn’t a person in this room who has come this far in the journey unscathed by the troubles of life.
C. According to verse 4, the troubles and trials of this life cannot follow us home! When we leave this world, whether it be by the rapture or the graveyard, there are just some things that cannot go with us!
1. Death – In heaven, no one will ever die and no graves will be dug. Never again will grief stricken loved ones stand beside the body of a departed loved one. (1 Cor. 15:53-56)
2. Sorrow – This word refers “to sorrow or grief of any kind.” It speaks of the all the pains, troubles and heartaches we experience in this life. Disappointments, trials, problems, loss of friends and property, death of loved ones, persecutions, our own failures, all are in view here.
3. Crying – This word has the idea of “an outburst or an outcry.” It refers to those times when we are absolutely overwhelmed and broken by the events of life. It speaks about those times when we are at the very end of our ropes and do not know what to do!
4. Pain – This word refers to “labor, toil or great trouble.” It refers to all the diseases, disappointments and disasters we encounter as we move through this world. Well, the good news is that none of these things will ever follow us home! No hospitals, no broken homes, no broken hearts, no trials and no tribulation will go with us to glory!
5. Tears – This is the sum of our blessed, promised state in Heaven. All the things that drive us to weeping and sorrow here will not be found over there!
II. SATAN, YOU CAN’T FOLLOW ME HOME v. 8
A. While it is true that much of what happens in this life is just part of living in a sin-cursed world; it is also true that a being called “the devil” causes the saints of God much grief. Satan’s desire is to defeat and destroy you, 1 Pet. 5:8, and he will stop at nothing to see you fall and fail.
B. His names reveal his nature and his desires toward you and me. He is called:
1. The Accuser of the brethren – Rev. 12:10 (Job 1:9-11; 2:4-5)
2. The Adversary – 1 Pet. 5:8
3. The Devil and Murder – John 8:44
4. The god of this world – 2 Cor. 4:4
5. The Tempter – Matt. 4:3
6. The Ruler of Darkness – Eph. 6:12
7. The Serpent – Gen. 3:4
8. The Wicked One – Matt. 13:19
C. He has many other names and they all tell us how evil he is. But, the saints of God can just call him “Gone” some day, because as evil as he is, he cannot follow us home! (Rev. 20:1-3; 10; Rev. 21:27)
III. SIN, YOU CAN’T FOLLOW ME HOME v. 2, 8
A. Verse 2 tells us about the city of God, the New Jerusalem. Verse 9-11 tells us that this city is the Bride of the Lamb. As far as I can tell, the church is the Bride of Christ, 2 Cor. 11:2. Here, the city is associated with the inhabitants. Here, the Bride of Jesus is pictured as a glorious, spotless and sinless Bride, Rev. 19:7-8. This means that one of these days, we are going to be changed. This vile flesh will drop away and there will be no more appetite or ability to sin!
B. Let’s face it, everyone in this room; even those of us who are saved have trouble with this flesh we carry about. This was the experience of Paul, Rom. 7:14-25; and it is our experience as well.
You see, when the Lord saved us, He saved us from the Penalty of sin, John 5:24; Rom. 8:1. He also saved us from the Power of sin, Rom. 6:14. We have also been saved from the Presence of Sin, but that great blessing will not be realized as long as we live in this world.
C. According to the Bible, there will come a changing day for the saints of God, 1 Cor. 15:48-54. One glorious day, this flesh with all its appetites, affections and allurements will drop away forever. When that day comes, all the saints of God will be forever delivered from the presence of sin and will be in bodies that cannot possibly sin! We will be in a body and a land that is free from the blight and temptation of sin! We will be free! Free to worship. Free to praise! Free to live perfectly for the glory of God!
IV. SINNER, YOU CAN’T FOLLOW ME HOME v. 8
A. All of the things I have told you about today are wonderful and glorious for those who are saved. But, there is a sad note to this message. Verse 8 tells us that those who die in their sins will not be allowed inside that city. That bothers me, but that is the price of refusing to believe on Jesus.
B. Notice the fifth word of verse 8. It is the word “unbelieving.” This word refers to those “without faith, to those without trust in God.” It speaks about those who have never been saved through a personal relationship to the Lord Jesus Christ. Jesus Himself said that those who would not believe in Him would not be saved, John 8:24.
C. Friend, you may have listened as I tried to preach about Heaven and about some of the things that will not follow us to that perfect land. You might have thought, “That’s a place I too would like to go to when I leave this world.” I just want you to know that unless you come to saving faith in Jesus Christ, you will never go to Heaven! You will instead go to Hell, Ps. 9:17; 2 Thess. 1:8-9!
A WONDERFUL HOME CALLED HEAVEN Rev. 21:9-27
I believe the Bible. I believe in taking this book literally. Therefore, I believe in a literal place called Hell. I also believe in a literal place called Heaven. Some people think we are foolish to believe in some city far above the earth, where people are happy, holy and home. I may be foolish for believing that, but I am in good company!
I. LET’S TALK ABOUT A PLACE CALLED HOME
A. It Is A Prepared Place – John 14:2 – Ill. Creation, John 1:3; Col. 1:16-17, and the fact that it is marred by sin. Imagine what Heaven will be like. (Ill. “Prepare” – Speaks of the man who went before the king to make sure the way was clear. Ill. A bridegroom making everything ready for his bride. Jesus Has cleared the way and made ready the place.)
B. It Is A Perfect Place – Rev. 21:4; 9-21 – None of the things that hinder here will enter there. (Sea, v. 1; Tears, v. 4; Pain, v. 4; Sorrow, v. 4; Crying, v. 4; Sin, v. 8, 27; Satan, v. 8, 27; Temple, v. 22; Sun, v. 23; Night, v. 25; Curse, v. 22:3.) (Heaven will be glorious! Not just for all that is there, but for what isn’t!) (The sorrows of this life.)
C. It Is A Pleasant Place – Rev. 21:22-27 – The size, the appearance and all that will be missing in glory. (1500 miles on each side! Walls 216 feet high. Gates of pearl. Walls of jasper. Foundations of twelve precious stones. Streets of pure gold.) John is attempting to describe the indescribable.
D. It Is A Permanent Place – 1 Pet. 1:4 – Everything in this world is fading away. That world is free from decay, destruction and degeneration. The Bible uses four phrases here to describe Heaven. It is “incorruptible”. It will never be invaded by enemies, Matt. 6:19-20. It is “undefiled”. It cannot be “soiled or stained”. It is free from the taint of sin and corruption of sin. It is a place that “fadeth not away”. Unlike any place or thing in this world, Heaven cannot decay or wear away. It is “reserved”. It is guarded and kept under lock and key for us! Psa. 145:13.
II. LET’S TALK ABOUT THE POPULATION
A. They Are A Redeemed People – Rev. 21:24; Psalm 107:2; Eph. 1:6-7; 1 Pet. 1:18-19; Rev. 5:9 – Heaven will be populated only by those who have been to Jesus for the cleansing power.
B. They Are A Resurrected People – 1 Thess. 4:13-18; 1 Cor. 15:42-56 – Heaven will be populated by those who have been delivered from the grip of death and the grave.
C. They Are A Rescued People – John 14:3; 1 Thess. 4:16-17; 1 Cor. 15:51-52 – Heaven will be filled with people who never had to go through the doorway of death.
D. They Are A Resting People – Rev. 14:13 – Free from the burdens, care and labors of this life.
E. They Are A Rejoicing People – Rev. 4:1-11; 5:11-14; 7:9-17 – Every glimpse into Heaven reveals the same thing: rejoicing!
III. LET’S TALK ABOUT THE PATH
A. It Is A Plain Path – John 14:6; Acts 16:31; 1 John 5:12; John 8:24 – The Bible is clear about the road to glory. There are only two ways in life, Matt. 7:13-14, and you are on one path or the other!
B. It Is A Peculiar Path – John 10:9; Acts 4:12; John 14:6b – There are not many roads to that city. There is only ONE, and His name is Jesus. That may sound narrow, but it is still the truth!
C. It Is A Personal Path – Rom. 10:9, 13; Luke 13:3; Pro. 9:12 – No one can walk that path for you. You must take the step of faith for yourself.
Victory Baptist Church 23 October 2019 victorypalmetto.com