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Preacher feature: How will your ninth inning end?

 
By Ernie Fowler
Contributing writer
updated: 8/28/2021 7:24 PM

A few days ago, I, along with many other baseball fans across the United States, was able to watch what was called the "Field of Dreams" game between the New York Yankees and Chicago White Sox. The game was played in Iowa, where no major league baseball team is located.

The game was reflective of the 1989 movie starring Kevin Costner, where the premise was based on the line, "If you build it, he will come."

Costner's character, a young and inexperienced farmer, is compelled to plow under the majority of his corn crop and build a baseball field on his property. Sure enough, after the field is built, a player from the old White Sox walks through one of the corn rows and onto the field. He looks at Costner and asks, "Is this Heaven?"

Costner says, "No, this is Iowa."

I've never been to Iowa, but I can tell you as beautiful as Iowa may be, it will never be nearly as beautiful as Heaven. The 21st chapter of Revelation gives a description of Heaven. It is a place filled with brilliant colors. It is a place very bright so that there is no need for the sun. One of the descriptors of Heaven that I cannot even imagine is its size. It measures 1,500 miles by 1,500 miles. It has a surface area of more than 2 million miles!

As amazing as those measurements are, I find the most awesome characteristic of Heaven is that it is not a square but rather a cube. That means the New Jerusalem will be over 660,000 stories high with every story having more than two million square feet! With those dimensions, I can fully believe the line in the song that says, "There is room at the cross for you. Though many have come, there is still room for one. There is room at the cross for you."

God has made sure there will be no housing shortage in the afterlife of a Christian!

John 14:2-3 talks about Jesus going to prepare a place for us. However, in order to get into Heavenly Housing we have to be prepared. Heaven is a prepared place for prepared people. Preparation is based on one question. Is your name written in the Lamb's Book of Life?

The cost of a single ticket to the Field of Dreams game was $1,400. The cost for a ticket to Heaven was the life of Jesus Christ. Those who wanted to attend the baseball game had to enter a lottery and be selected to have the opportunity to pay the $1,400 to obtain one of the 8,000 available tickets.

Those who want to enter Heaven simply have to accept what Jesus did on the cross of Calvary, believe that His death atoned for their sins, and confess Jesus Christ as their Lord and Savior.

There was a Hollywood ending to the Field of Dreams game. Tim Anderson from the White Sox hit a two-run home run in the bottom of the ninth inning to seal the win. Fireworks shot off. People cheered and hugged each other. It was an emotional scene.

Every time a person makes the decision to follow Jesus, there is a far greater celebration in Heaven. Today, you may be in the bottom of the ninth inning. Will your life end in celebration?

• Ernie Fowler is associate pastor at Pankeyville Baptist Church in Harrisburg.