So what do you think about heaven? A state of mind? An alternate existence? A place? Will you be able to do the things that you like best all day?
“For God so loved the world that he gave his only Son, so that everyone who believes in him may not perish but may have eternal life.” John 3:16 (NRSV)
“And this is eternal life, that they may know you, the only true God, and Jesus Christ whom you have sent.” John 17:3 (NRSV)
So the focus is not heaven. Instead Jesus is concerned about giving us eternal life, and eternal life is knowing God. He gives us a relationship, not a place.
“And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again and will take you to myself, so that where I am, there you may be also.” John 14:3 (NRSV)
When Jesus does speak about a place, it is wherever He is. He will take us to Himself. What if the only thing that Jesus has to give us is Himself? The most valuable gift Jesus gives us is Himself. This, I believe, is Real Life Jesus.