Wednesday, May 9, 2007
Our Great Hope
“In My Father’s house are many mansions; if it were not so, I would have told you. I go to prepare a place for you.”
We don’t have to be stressed-out or troubled in our hearts, because as Christians, we are going to heaven. No matter what happens, no one can rob us of that great hope. Maybe you’ve lost your job or your car won’t start. Maybe you have all kinds of problems in your life right now. But you are still going to heaven.
The apostle Paul encouraged the church with these words:
“Therefore we do not lose heart. Even though our outward man is perishing, yet the inward man is being renewed day by day. For our light affliction, which is but for a moment, is working for us a far more exceeding and eternal weight of glory” (2 Corinthians 4:16–17).
The troubles we see now will soon be over, and the joys that are yet to come will last forever. Jesus promises there is a real place called heaven, and you have His word on it. There is one thing that God cannot do, and that is lie. God will keep His word. He has prepared a place for us.
Now when Jesus said, “In My Father’s house are many mansions,” I don’t believe He was speaking of a celestial Beverly Hills with beautiful, palatial mansions for those who live really godly lives on Earth. I don’t believe there will be actual houses on streets when we get to heaven.
But Jesus has promised us that we will be together with Him in heaven, for eternity, in the place He has prepared for us. And He will keep His word.
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