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The Gospel of John-Day 57

June 4, 2019 by Matthew Sink 0 comments

John 14:1-11 – “Let not your hearts be troubled. Believe in God; believe also in me. 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. And you know the way to where I am going.” Thomas said to him, “Lord, we do not know where you are going. How can we know the way?” Jesus said to him, “I am the way, and the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me. If you had known me, you would have known my Father also. From now on you do know him and have seen him.”

Philip said to him, “Lord, show us the Father, and it is enough for us.” 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’? 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. Believe me that I am in the Father and the Father is in me, or else believe on account of the works themselves.

The Bible does not tell us very much about Heaven – at least very little in the way of description. We hear about “streets of gold” and “pearly gates” – descriptions that come from Revelation 21. We hear about mansions – a description that came from Jesus Himself. But otherwise, the best description in the NT about Heaven comes from Paul, who saw it with his own eyes. Paul writes:“But, as it is written, “What no eye has seen, nor ear heard, nor the heart of man imagined, what God has prepared for those who love him” (1 Cor. 2:9).
 
Paul basically says, “Even if I tried to explain it, you wouldn’t understand it. No one has ever even IMAGINED anything like it!” Do you see Paul’s dilemma? How do you explain something so different? How do you help someone picture a color they have never seen? There is no way to communicate Heaven to people of earth.
 
Still, there is one detail of Heaven that we do know, and it is maybe the only one we NEED to know. It is the one that makes Heaven, well, Heavenly. Jesus says in John 14:3 - 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. Heaven is where Jesus is, and once we get there, we will be with Him forever.


At first blush, that may not sound like the “best part” of Heaven, but think about it like this: Paul said death was a journey home. What is it that makes Heaven “home"?  I don’t know about you, but for me, “home" is not so much a place as it is people. Do you know what I mean by that?
 
A few years ago, I was away from my family for several days. I was out of town, and by the time I got back to my house, they had left to start a vacation. It was several days before I could join them. When I did, it was a sweet reunion. That vacation house became my home. It had nothing to do with the house or the location. It had everything to do with who was there.

We were lovingly created by God, our Father, and if you know what I mean by this – our entire lives are a journey with Him and (hopefully) toward Him. Everyone recognizes this hunger inside and tries to find something to fill it. So we chase fulfillment and satisfaction. Jesus said that could only be found in Him. He said, "I am the bread of life. Whoever comes to me will never go hungry, and whoever believes in me will never be thirsty.”
 
That’s fulfillment. It’s wholeness. On this earth, we can experience that fulfillment by faith in Jesus.  But one day, through Jesus, we will be in Heaven, and things we must accept by faith right now will be right in front of our eyes. There will be no more distance. No more separation.
 
That’s what makes Heaven so sweet. We were created to be there, in the presence of God. Something inside all of us knows that this place is not our ultimate home. But one day the Lord will take us home, to the place He has prepared for us. And because that is true, I have no need to let my heart be troubled.

 

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