A Place Prepared by Jesus
Scripture Reading — John 14:1-4
"Trust in God; trust also in me. In my Father's house are many rooms..." John 14:1-2 —
An experienced traveler knows the value of making hotel reservations. The very thought of a comfortable room waiting for you at your destination makes you feel more relaxed. The trip goes more smoothly when you have advanced reservations.
In our reading for today Jesus speaks of hospitable lodging at the end of a long trip. He tells us, his followers, not to be worried during our journey on the road to eternity. We have to trust in the Father. In his heavenly house there are many rooms. And the Son prepares a special place for us. The best medicine for a troubled heart is to trust in God.
As we study this passage, we discover two important facts. First, Jesus promises us more than just temporary housing. The Greek words refer to "dwelling places," and that implies permanence and stability. Once we move into that heavenly sanctuary, we won't have to worry about finding new shelter again. Second, we won't have to look for that place on our own. On this earth, it can be challenging to find an unfamiliar location, even with good directions. But Jesus himself will return to show us the way.
The reservation confirmation for this heavenly lodging is going to be very simple. It's safe in the hands of our Savior, Jesus Christ. Have you trusted him fully?
Our Father, what a joy it is to know that Jesus has prepared a place for us in your presence! Help us to overcome our worries and to trust in you fully as we journey with you. Amen.