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Can the distance from Earth to Heaven be measured? God knows the answer to that question.
Jesus did some descending and ascending to accomplish major purposes.
Following the sinful fall of mankind outlined in Genesis, humans attempted to build a tower to “reach unto heaven.”
In this case, the goal at hand was perhaps reaching the pinnacle of the sky, alluding to the visible arch in which the clouds move, as well as the highest ether where the celestial bodies revolve.
But there is a higher height than those material heights. The third heaven that Paul mentioned is above all.
Why should our ambition be settled on anything less than reaching Heaven where God dwells? God has paved the way for us to make it our destination.
There is a saying that goes something like this: “Shoot for the stars.” That means setting ambitions and goals very high.
Thank God, we can take it to a level much higher than merely the stars and constellations.
While on Earth, Jesus said He was “from above.”
He possesses the instructions and directions to get us to Heaven! But it has to be God’s way, for there is no other way.
The people in Genesis 11 journeyed from the east and found a plain in the land of Shinar. They chose to dwell there. At that time, the whole earth was of one language and one speech.
At Shinar they made brick and had slime for mortar. Their intention was to, “Go to, let us build us a city and a tower, whose top may reach unto heaven; and let us make a name, lest we be scattered abroad upon the face of the whole earth.” (Genesis 11:4)
Their plan was to work within themselves to reach the highest physical height. They were unified in doing it.
No doubt, they used the greatest technological advancements of the times to try and accomplish it.
God eventually confounded their efforts and “scattered them abroad from thence upon the face of all the earth; and they left off to build the city.” Not only that, but the name of that city was called Babel, because the “LORD did there confound the language of all the earth: and from thence did the LORD scatter them abroad upon the face of all the earth.”
God cut short their goal to make a name for themselves.
In fact, humans can’t obtain Heaven through their own works, or by being good enough in themselves. That’s because the initial fall of mankind plunged human beings into sin that separates them from God. With men, it is impossible (to make Heaven their eternal home through their own works). But not with God. All things are possible through God, who provided a way when there seemed to be no way.
The human race is very technologically savvy in the day and age in which we live. God said it would be that way. The Book of Daniel states that many shall run to and fro, and knowledge shall be increased.
That’s an apt description of today’s world. Human innovation has led to space travel. Even so, God controls the bounds of man’s habitation, whether some comprehend that fact or not.
Human achievements are constantly sought and glorified. Many of those achievements are beneficial.
But there is a higher height to attain than what people can achieve through human wisdom and ingenuity.
A spiritual relationship is possible that will take us to the ultimate height. But we can’t earn that within ourselves.
It can only be obtained through Jesus, who is the way, the truth and the life.
Jesus is the way for humans to reach Heaven.
First Peter 1:3 provides us with hope to reach that destination: “Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, which according to his abundant mercy hath begotten us again to a lively hope by the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead, To an inheritance incorruptible, and undefiled, and that fadeth not away, reserved in heaven for you…”
Have you made your reservation? That process includes repenting of sin and accepting Jesus’ forgiveness by faith and following Him.
Jesus told Nicodemus how to enter into a personal relationship with God.
“Jesus answered and said unto him, Verily, verily, I say unto thee, Except a man be born again, he cannot see the kingdom of God.” – John 3:3