Ask most people – Christian or otherwise – what will be the best thing about Heaven, and the answer will overwhelmingly be to see their friends and family who have died.
Strangely, however, the Bible doesn’t speak directly of that as a glory of Heaven. Oh, it’s a popular sentiment in sermon, song, and society, but really there’s not much Biblical theology to go along.
Will we see loved ones when we get to Heaven? If they made it into the Lamb’s Book of Life, yes, but is that what makes Heaven Heaven? Is that why you want to go there?
Heaven is the abode of God where we will know Him intimately in unlimited bliss. It is the place where Jesus is creating a habitation of eternal fellowship for the Father with His sons and daughters by faith. It is where we shall see the Saviour face-to-face, no longer separated by the limitations of physical reality, the corruption of sin, or any hindrance to faith. Experiencing God’s full presence is what makes Heaven the desire of the saints.
If going to Heaven means seeing friends and family, you’ve missed the meaning, purpose, reward, and exceedingly great joy of God’s Heaven.
And we shall always be with the Lord. Therefore comfort one another with these words (1 Thessalonians 4:17b – 18).