After 52 years of disappointment and embarrassing on-field performances, the City of Cleveland finally had a champion. The city’s professional basketball team, the Cavaliers won the NBA title. Cleveland fans of all sports celebrated this victory. It had been a very long time since the city had a championship in any major sport, and the city celebrated. Over one million people made their way into downtown Cleveland to enjoy this moment.
I’m not a fan of any Cleveland sports teams. As an outsider to the revelry, I observed from a distance. I do, however, have many friends that are Cleveland fans and they have suffered under so much last minute disappointments, and poor teams. I have even been known to tell a Cleveland joke. But for a few days after the Cavs win, I stood back and watched Cleveland enjoy the moment.
One close friend of mine was telling me how much he was enjoying this and it opened up a train of thought of mine. As happy and euphoric the city was with the Cavalier victory parade and the sea of over one million people celebrating their championship, it was not even a drop in the bucket to what Heaven will be like.
One attitude that was erased (if only until the next season) is the sense of disappointment; the feeling of loss and failure. Those situations are forever removed in Heaven.
And God will wipe away every tear from their eyes; there shall be no more death, nor sorrow, nor crying. There shall be no more pain, for the former things have passed away. – Revelation 21:4
No more death, nor sorrow or crying. No more pain! That sounds exciting to me!
While Heaven really is beyond what I can imagine, ever so often we get a little hint as to what it might be like. The celebration Cleveland was able to experience was just a quick minuscule fraction of how awesome Heaven is going to be! Happy, celebratory and lots of friends!
In chapter 19 of Revelation we are told of an event called the “Marriage Supper of the Lamb.” I have a feeling that food will be nothing short of delicious. Later in chapter 22, we see how there is “no more curse” and “no night.” This is really an amazing statement about what is promised us in the future.
The absence of the curse means no more sin, sickness, disease and death. No more night might indicate no more loneliness or fear or another negative aspect of night. Whatever Heaven is going to be, it will be even better than well-deserved championship parade!
So the next time you see a city celebrating a championship and thousands of people enjoying the moment, remember, there is an even bigger and better event awaiting those who have trusted Jesus.
No more pain, no sorrow, no tears, no sin, suffering or disappointment and lots of people celebrating the Risen Savior and our eternal relationship with Him. That is a parade you don’t want to miss!
Blessings my Cleveland fans!