Things were certainly cold and crunchy coming to the church this morning! The outside air temperature as reported on the dashboard of my car said “8 degrees”. That was on the South Hill. Out at the airport the official Spokane temperature dipped to 2 degrees just before 6:00 this morning. I had to feel for the kids standing at the bus stops waiting to be taken to school. None of them looked to me to be very joyful or exuberant…just cold! A question came up at the Tuesday morning Bible study at Yoke’s yesterday; “Will there be snow in heaven?” The obvious answer is no, as anyplace where it snows does not fit my definition of heaven. But there’s a flaw in my argument; I don’t get to define what heaven is, or hell for that matter (but I imagine there will be lots of snow there, that will never melt, even if there really is fire). No, God has already laid out the blueprints for my heavenly room/mansion, and I can trust that He will give me the proper, joyful and thankful, attitude about how it’s decorated and what the climate is like. God has also laid out the road map for me to get there, and it’s the same for everybody. Jesus frankly tells us: “I am the way the truth and the life; no one comes to the Father except through me.” (John 14:6) The way to heaven is only through faith in Jesus Christ, who’s birth we celebrate next week. It’s a narrow path and a narrow door, but it’s the only one that leads to heaven. What is behind that door? God and the saints already in heaven only know, at least, for now.
Pastor Brian Albrecht has served St. John's since June of 2009