Madison Christian Church

Devotional – January 19th, 2015

The Boy Who Came Back From Heaven was not “real”. The boy (Alex Malarkey) said the story about him dying and going to heaven and all the things he saw and did while there, never happened. I was thinking, “How fitting coming from a boy with the last name of Marlarkey”. He said, “I did not die. I did not go to heaven. I said I went to heaven because I thought it would get me attention.” Well, did he ever succeed!

I have to tell you when I heard about the story I was suspicious immediately.  And I did not share the enthusiasm many had as my “far-fetched” alarms were going off.  I thought it simply sounded too contrived and fit many preconceived Americanized ideas about heaven and Jesus etc.  I also didn’t share the excitement because my faith in the reality of heaven is based on something far more reliable – God’s word.  If you were excited about this story, I know you also would say your confidence in heaven’s reality is based on the Bible.  So don’t take this the wrong way.

I am glad that the Malarkey boy who is now a teenager said that we read about heaven in the Bible and said, “which is enough…Anything written by man cannot be infallible.”

Paul said in Philippians 3:20,21 “But our citizenship is in heaven, and from it we await a Savior, the Lord Jesus Christ, who will transform our lowly body to be like His glorious body, by the power that enables Him even to subject all things to Himself.”  This will happen when heaven and earth intersect in what will be life on the new earth in eternity.  We read (in Rev. 21) that the Holy City the New Jerusalem will come down out of heaven from God and God will dwell among us.  2 Peter 3:13 says we are awaiting “new heavens and a new earth in which righteousness dwells.”

Along with John I am saying more and more the older I get and look around at what is going on here on this earth, “Amen! Come Lord Jesus.”(Rev. 22:20).