How great is the love the Father has lavished on us, that we should be called children of God! And that is what we are! The reason the world does not know us is that it did not know him. Dear friends, now we are children of God, and what we will be has not yet been made known. But we know that when he appears, we shall be like him, for we shall see him as he is. 1 John 3:1-2
Today’s verse talks about where we are going: Heaven. Heaven is a real place. Indeed, it is the ‘placiest’ place of all. It is not a “state of mind”. Hell is a state of mind: it is the mind and soul locked into the furnace of Self.
But Heaven is where we encounter God in all fullness. And wherever encounter happens, there is a “place”. Place is different from mere “location”. Location is something out of mathematics or physics. It’s a mere point on a chart somewhere. But when an encounter with God or another person happens, a mere mathematical location is transfigured into a place. A house becomes a Home. Four walls becomes a sanctuary. A geographical elevation becomes Mt. Sinai.
And all these little encounters with another are foretastes of our Final Encounter with Another which is Heaven. That’s why Heaven’s so ‘placey’. We don’t know exactly what it will be like since “eye hath not seen nor ear heard.” And yet, in another sense, Heaven shall not be alien to us, but the greatest Homecoming we have ever known, for in becoming “like him” we shall at last be fully ourselves too.