Good Morning Everyone,
“Let not your hearts be troubled. Believe in God; believe also in me. 2 In my Father’s house are many rooms. If it were not so, would I have told you that I go to prepare a place for you? 3 And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again and will take you to myself, that where I am you may be also. – John 14:1-3
Recently, a good friend and a Christian brother, told me he was concerned about where he’ll live when he gets to heaven. My first thought was that he was kidding me, but then, I could tell by the look in his eyes that he was totally serious. He went on to tell me, that this had been bothering him for some time. He was certain that he would see his Savior face-to-face, but not as sure where he’ll stay when he gets to heaven.
I’ll admit, that I was a bit uncomfortable with his question. I often use levity to lighten a situation because it makes me more comfortable and it was tempting to fall back on a “Heaven joke” to break the seriousness of the moment.
Instead, I shared John 14 “In my Father’s house are many rooms. If it were not so, would I have told you that I go to prepare a place for you? And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again and will take you to myself, that where I am you may be also.” – John 14:2-3.
As I watched, as God’s word spoke to his heart, I could see the care wash from his face. “In my Father’s house are many rooms….” One of those rooms is there for each of us who believe in Jesus Christ, our Savior. Jesus, who not only gave up his life for ours, but has gone on to prepare a place for each of us.
Later, when I stopped to think about this conversation, I was struck by the fact that he had no reservations about whether or not he’d go to heaven, just where would he live. Without faith, he would never have asked that question; so different from when Jesus told his disciples.
5 Thomas said to him, “Lord, we do not know where you are going. How can we know the way?” 6 Jesus said to him, “I am the way, and the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me. 7 If you had known me, you would have known my Father also. From now on you do know him and have seen him.”
8 Philip said to him, “Lord, show us the Father, and it is enough for us.”9 Jesus said to him, “Have I been with you so long, and you still do not know me, Philip? Whoever has seen me has seen the Father. How can you say, ‘Show us the Father’? 10 Do you not believe that I am in the Father and the Father is in me? The words that I say to you I do not speak on my own authority, but the Father who dwells in me does his works. 11 Believe me that I am in the Father and the Father is in me, or else believe on account of the works themselves.
12 “Truly, truly, I say to you, whoever believes in me will also do the works that I do; and greater works than these will he do, because I am going to the Father. 13 Whatever you ask in my name, this I will do, that the Father may be glorified in the Son. 14 If you ask me anything in my name, I will do it. – John 14:5-14.
Jesus understood that his disciples still didn’t completely comprehend what was about to happen; he reassured them by telling them about the Holy Spirit who he’d send to them.
15 “If you love me, you will keep my commandments. 16 And I will ask the Father, and he will give you another Helper, to be with you forever,17 even the Spirit of truth, whom the world cannot receive, because it neither sees him nor knows him. You know him, for he dwells with you and will be in you.
18 “I will not leave you as orphans; I will come to you. 19 Yet a little while and the world will see me no more, but you will see me. Because I live, you also will live. 20 In that day you will know that I am in my Father, and you in me, and I in you. 21 Whoever has my commandments and keeps them, he it is who loves me. And he who loves me will be loved by my Father, and I will love him and manifest myself to him.” 22 Judas (not Iscariot) said to him, “Lord, how is it that you will manifest yourself to us, and not to the world?” 23 Jesus answered him, “If anyone loves me, he will keep my word, and my Father will love him, and we will come to him and make our home with him. 24 Whoever does not love me does not keep my words. And the word that you hear is not mine but the Father’s who sent me.
25 “These things I have spoken to you while I am still with you. 26 But the Helper, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in my name, he will teach you all things and bring to your remembrance all that I have said to you. 27 Peace I leave with you; my peace I give to you. Not as the world gives do I give to you. Let not your hearts be troubled, neither let them be afraid. 28 You heard me say to you, ‘I am going away, and I will come to you.’ If you loved me, you would have rejoiced, because I am going to the Father, for the Father is greater than I. 29 And now I have told you before it takes place, so that when it does take place you may believe. 30 I will no longer talk much with you, for the ruler of this world is coming. He has no claim on me, 31 but I do as the Father has commanded me, so that the world may know that I love the Father. Rise, let us go from here. – John 14:15-31.
In my Father’s house are many rooms, what peace and assurance we have in the promise of our home in heaven!
Today, as you consider God’s Word, rejoice that you are at peace with God, that you are indeed, a redeemed child of God.
Prayer – Almighty God and Father, precious Lord and Savior, your Word assures us of the fruits of faith, that one day we will be at home with you in heaven. How we yearn for that day to see our Savior face to face. Thank you Father for your precious gift of forgiveness and salvation, won for us through the death and glorious resurrection of Christ Jesus. As we seek your face in your Word today, may it humble us, strengthen us, and give us the joy of knowing your grace. Amen and Amen.
May God bless you richly as you dwell on his word.
In His Service,