OK - sit with this one for a minute. With a question like this, one of the worst things we can do is quickly give the Sunday School answer without reflecting. This is a question that is not initially academic in nature. Rather, it explores (and exposes) our values, our hearts, and the nature of our faith. Ready? Here we go.
Would it really be any big deal if Jesus wasn't in heaven when you got there?
John Piper, in his new book God is the Gospel, has me thinking about this. Here is how he frames the question:
The critical question for our generation - and for every generation - is this: If you could have heaven, with no sickness, and with all the friends you ever had on earth, and all the food you ever liked, and all the leisure activities you ever enjoyed, and all the natural beauty you ever saw, and all the physical pleasures you ever tasted, and no human conflict or any natural disasters, could you be satisfied with heaven, if Christ were not there?