“Your heart must not be troubled. Believe in God, believe also in Me. In My Father’s house are many dwelling places, if not, I would have told you. I am going away to prepare a place for you. If I go away and prepare a place for you, I will come back and receive you to Myself, so that where I am you may be also. You know the way to where I am going.” John 14:1-4 HCSB
My father passed away in 2005 at the age of 82 from a brain tumor that took his life. I requested that these Scriptures be read at my father’s graveside service. In this wonderful assurance, Jesus promises to prepare a place in heaven for those who believe in Him and to return and take us to heaven where there is no more pain and suffering. I know that my father is in heaven, and I look forward to the day when I will see him again.
In Biblical times when a couple became “engaged” for marriage, the groom would go to prepare a home for his bride. Often the groom would add on a room or several rooms to his father’s house. When everything was ready in the new home, the groom would make his way to his bride to take her to their new home. The marriage ceremony and celebration would often last a week or more. Just like the groom, Jesus has promised to go and prepare a place for us, His church, His bride, and has promised to return and take us to our new home in heaven.
Challenge: Praise God that you have the promise of eternal life in heaven. Just imagine what a wonderful place God is preparing for you. You can be assured that Jesus will return. If you are a believer, you have the promise of a new home. Know that heaven is coming!