Paradise Found

THURSDAY, September 12, 2013

You will show me the path of life; in Your presence is fullness of joy; at Your right hand are pleasures forevermore.

 Whenever we took the freeway through Anaheim when I was a kid, I would gaze out the car window at a familiar image in the distance: the Matterhorn at Disneyland. To me it represented the Promised Land. I remember making a vow to myself that when I became an adult, I would go to Disneyland every day.

When Disneyland first opened in 1955, visitors were charged for each attraction. Apparently there were a lot of complaints that Walt Disney was nickel-and-diming people, because Disneyland came up with a ticket book. There was a certain ticket in the book that was more important than the rest. You guessed it: the E ticket. That is what got you on the Matterhorn (the best ride back then) as well as the Monorail and the Submarine Voyage.I still enjoy going to Disneyland, though I haven’t kept my vow to go every day. But there is a far better paradise that I am looking forward to now. The final chapters of the Bible describe that paradise, which God has created for us in heaven. In the first book of the Bible, we see paradise lost. But in the last book of the Bible, we see paradise found.

The good news is the admission price to heaven already has been paid. There won’t be any nickel-and-diming, and there won’t be any need for E tickets—or any other tickets for that matter. The admission was purchased for me—and for you—by Jesus on the cross.

One day there will be restoration. Handicaps will be gone. Mental and physical disabilities will be nonexistent. There will be laughter. There will be joy. C. S. Lewis said it well: “Joy is the serious business of Heaven.” In God’s presence is fullness of joy—no E ticket required.

Used by permission from Harvest Ministries with Greg Laurie, PO Box 4000, Riverside, CA 92514.

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