Jesus Was the First Person to Get to Heaven

Up until the time of Jesus of Nazareth, no one was getting into heaven.  At death, every human being descended to a place of rest that the Hebrews called Sheol and the Greeks called Hades.  There was lots of speculation by folks in the ancient world about the state of existence down there, especially given that the fact that everyone went there – righteous and unrighteous alike.  Regardless of speculations, no one was going to heaven.  That wasn’t an option.

God entered human existence in the person of Jesus Christ in order to make a place for us in heaven.  For this reason, Jesus paved the way.  He was the first human being to ever enter heaven and stay.  He did this to make a place for us.  For this reason, the Bible calls Him our “forerunner.”

Ever since the Second Coming of Jesus Christ, people have gone to heaven above when they die instead of Sheol (Hades) below.  For this reason Jesus is called “the way,” because apart from the path He carved there would be no way into heaven for anyone. 

Just as all who died used to descend, now all who die ascend.  Jesus was the first person to get into heaven, but He was by no means the last.  On the contrary, He re-routed the path of death.  For this reason we can say, as the Bible prophesied we would, that death has been abolished.  It is now merely a transition to greater intimacy with God. 

Life on earth is as your time in your mother’s womb, life in heaven afterward is as the life you live outside your mother’s womb.  Please think about this.

Bible notes on this post.

The purpose of this blog is to praise Jesus Christ for those who want to hear about Him without having to join a church or any other group.

2 Replies to “Jesus Was the First Person to Get to Heaven”

  1. The departure of Elijah was constructed and written to be a foreshadowing of Christ (“went up by a whirlwind to heaven”), but this did not mean that Elijah’s soul actually ended up in heaven (“perhaps the Spirit of the Lord has taken him up and cast him on some mountain or into some valley”). In fact, Elijah ended up in Sheol (Hades) because it was the destination of every human being at death – until Jesus.

    As Jesus Himself said when He was speaking to Nicodemus, “No one has ascended into heaven, but He who descended from heaven: the Son of Man.”

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