While we look not at the things which are seen, but at the things which are not seen: for the things which are seen are temporal; but the things which are not seen are eternal. (2 Corinthians 4:18
People need precedents for everything, without seeing they do not believe and without being done so by someone else earlier, they won’t do.
So the other disciples told him, “We have seen the Lord.” But he said to them, “Unless I see in his hands the mark of the nails, and place my finger into the mark of the nails, and place my hand into his side, I will never believe.” – John 20:25
Jesus brought back three dead people to life and through that, people got the notion that a dead person can get back to life. Jesus died and rose again on the third day and people had a reason to believe. The only difference in the case of Jesus is that the Father had demonstrated His power invisibly.
If the Spirit of him who raised Jesus from the dead dwells in you, he who raised Christ Jesus from the dead will also give life to your mortal bodies through his Spirit who dwells in you. – Romans 8:11
Till Christ’s resurrection we have an eye witness but as He ascended into heaven, only our faith about heaven through the Living Word becomes our belief as nothing physical and visual is available. This is what has been said by Paul that things which are not seen are eternal. Author of the Book of Hebrew records the entry of Jesus into heaven in the following verse.
But when Christ appeared as a high priest of the good things that have come, then through the greater and more perfect tent (not made with hands, that is, not of this creation) he entered once for all into the holy places, not by means of the blood of goats and calves but by means of his own blood, thus securing an eternal redemption. – Hebrews 9:11-12
Jesus told many parables to illustrate heaven. In one of the parables he brought out that a poor man Lazarus who reached heaven and seated on the lap of Abraham could not go back to earth as an eye witness. Jesus warns us through this parable that there are prophets in this earth to tell us about heaven and it is our part to believe without seeing it with our naked eyes.
Jesus said to him, “Have you believed because you have seen me? Blessed are those who have not seen and yet have believed.” – John 20:29
Book of Revelation tells us many facts about heaven – it’s light, pearly gates and golden road. Here I recall my Sunday school life where they had explained about the golden roads of heaven. We used to admire as to how it would look and how it would be to walk on those roads. This thought came to our mind keeping gold as a precious material and sidelining our precious heaven. The wealth of this world took us a long way that we are unable to get the real picture of heaven. Later, it has been revealed to me by my Lord Jesus Christ that the values of this world are a dust in heaven. Heaven values gold as tar to pave its road. God open our eyes to see the wonders of thine. Only one life in this earth to reach ashore.
But when I thought how to understand this, it seemed to me a wearisome task, until I went into the sanctuary of God; then I discerned their end. – Psalms 73:16-17
Till then, an assurance is coming from our Lord.
Yet a little while and the world will see me no more, but you will see me. Because I live, you also will live. – John 14:19
The same assurance was confessed by Job even before the grace of our Father was revealed through Jesus Christ.
For I know that my Redeemer lives, and at the last he will stand upon the earth. – Job 19:25
The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy; I have come that they may have life, and have it to the full. – John 10:10