"Heaven is where the cooks are French ..."

"Heaven is where the cooks are French, the policemen are British, the mechanics are German, the romantics are Italian, and everything is run by the Swiss." So the joke goes. But what is heaven really? Is it actually a place?

The Bible speaks about the "kingdom of heaven," and Christ Jesus uses several parables to illustrate what it is (see Matt. 13:1-48). Among his illustrations: "The kingdom of heaven is like unto leaven, which a woman took, and hid in three measures of meal, till the whole was leavened." And "the kingdom of heaven is like unto a merchant man, seeking goodly pearls: who, when he had found one pearl of great price, went and sold all that he had, and bought it." What do these images tell us about "heaven"?

Focusing on the Bible
November 24, 1997

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