“Do not let your hearts be troubled. You believe in God; believe also in me. My Father’s house has many rooms; if that were not so, would I have told you that I am going there to prepare a place for you? And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come back and take you to be with me that you also may be where I am.”
– John 14:1-3
Our hearts can be very disturbed. It happens more frequently than we think. We are like a styrofoam cup on the sea in a storm. Jesus asks us to trust Him in this. Your trust is very important to Him. He covets your faith in Him.
Jesus reveals a bit of heaven to us.
- First, it is a house and not a motel. There is a warmth and comfort in a house.
- Second, it is expansive– many rooms, the word is ‘dwelling places’. Someplace that is relaxing and restful. It’s a place you’ll never, ever want to leave.
- Third, it is a ‘prepared’ place. I have friends with a B & B. They are continually working to make it a comfortable and restful place for their guests.
We see our Lord Jesus taking a personal interest in our stay. He is involved in making heaven a remarkable place. That intrigues me. Somehow eternity seems more hospitable with Jesus directly handling our transition. He is making all the arrangements on our behalf.
A promise has been given. He intends to be our escort into heaven. No one gets lost, or confused as He is completely present. Our destination is sure, and our Savior is strong. When Jesus spoke these things, His disciples were encouraged and fortified in their hope and faith.
“It is not darkness you are going to, for God is Light. It is not lonely, for Christ is with you. It is not unknown country, for Christ is there.”
The promise is precise. Where I am, there you will be! This is solid and definitive. There is nothing vague or ethereal about this. We will be in His presence just as if it were a dear friend coming by for coffee. Too often this all gets lost in a haze or fog, and reality is just not there. But it is real, and its this life, here and now that has no eternal solidity. And, He has given us His word.