Heaven is such an amazing promise in Scripture. Heaven is when the perfect is realized. It is the consummation, after the resurrection, after the great judgment of God, when all is made right. It is the new heavens and the new earth. When the space between humanity and God is removed and we are no longer estranged but brought into eternal communion with God.
Heaven is home for Christians. Heaven is where we belong. Heaven is where Jesus is enthroned. I’m not referring to heaven (lower case “h”) that is the Intermediate State where the Christian is with Christ after death. Heaven is that time and place after the Return of the King. It is that time when the Kingdom of God is fully realized, after the separation of the wheat and tares, the good fish are taken from the net, the sheep and goats are sent to their respective dwellings. When all is finally said and done. When we can enter into the Eternal Sabbath, the final rest, that is Heaven.
Heaven is a kingdom where our citizenship is maintained. That is why we are referred to as visiting or sojourning while here on earth. The great King David ruled over a united nation, during which, through his armies, he established the ideal reign for the history of Israel. Yet he considered himself and his nation of Israel sojourners.
1Chr. 29:15 For we are strangers before you and sojourners, as all our fathers were. Our days on the earth are like a shadow, and there is no abiding.
Psa. 119:19 I am a sojourner on the earth;
hide not your commandments from me!
Even though David enjoyed the richest of blessings that could be given during his time, he knew there was more to this life than what he was experiencing. He knew there was something to look forward to and it wasn’t a geo-political system that he could establish but it was to spend eternity in peace, eating and drinking with God.
Ps 23: 4 Even though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death,
I will fear no evil,
for you are with me;
your rod and your staff,
they comfort me.
5 You prepare a table before me
in the presence of my enemies;
you anoint my head with oil;
my cup overflows.
Consider for a moment how Scripture describes that eternal consummated state with God.
Is. 25:6 On this mountain the Lord of hosts will make for all peoples
a feast of rich food, a feast of well-aged wine,
of rich food full of marrow, of aged wine well refined.
It will be time of fellowship. But that is a time that we can enjoy today. The consummation is what our time in Communion looks forward to. In the Supper we are eating and drinking with our risen Lord as we will do in glory, and that is true fellowship. In the Supper we eat and drink with God in faith and hope. Assured of that which we hope for, and convinced of what we have not yet seen.