In his extreme old age, John Quincy Adams was slowly and feebly walking down a street in Boston. An old friend accosted him, and while shaking his trembling hand, asked, “And how is John Quincy Adams today?” “Thank you,” said the ex-President. “John Quincy Adams is well, quite well. I thank you. But the house in which he lives at present is becoming quite dilapidated. It is tottering upon its foundations. Time and the seasons have nearly destroyed it. Its roof is pretty well worn out. Its walls are much shattered, and it trembles with every wind. The old tenement is becoming almost uninhabitable, and I think John Quincy Adams will have to move out of it soon. But he himself is quite well, quite well.”
I love the Bible’s final chapter, Revelation 22. It tells me what heaven will look like. But I also like Revelation 21, because it tells me what heaven will be like. I especially like the “not to be” part. It says there will not be any death, tears, pain, or sorrow there. The “house” you live in will eventually wear out. But that is not a bad thing. It just means moving day is coming. You are about to upgrade to a better neighborhood. Read the words of John, rejoicing in his vision of heaven. “After this I looked, and there before me was a door standing open in heaven. And the voice I had first heard speaking to me like a trumpet said, ‘Come up here, and I will show you what must take place’” (Revelation 4:1). As with John Quincy Adams, you may be “quite well.” But it’s about to get even better. Moving day is coming.