““Let not your heart be troubled; you believe in God, believe also in Me. 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. And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again and receive you to Myself; that where I am, there you may be also. And where I go you know, and the way you know.”
Jesus said to him, “I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through Me.”
John 14:1-4, 6 NKJV
I have a deep hunger for solitude. I love being alone in my own house, enjoying only the company of the Lord. I have found that people evervate me, drain me of my vitality. Human relationships are so complex, wasteful, and can be time consuming, as some people have the tendency to use too much energy stirring up strife. It is as if they love drama. I for one do not.
I often find myself arriving at a destination, getting situated and then awaiting the moment when I can leave. I love that moment when I arrive home, and again find the peace I so crave.
The disciples had gone through three and half years of life altering ministry with Jesus. They were no longer citizens of the world in which they lived, as they had gotten a taste of Heaven. Soon, Jesus would be leaving them, and I am sure they felt the looming loss, as they wanted to go where He was going.
“Little children, I shall be with you a little while longer. You will seek Me; and as I said to the Jews, ‘Where I am going, you cannot come,’ so now I say to you.
Simon Peter said to Him, “Lord, where are You going?” Jesus answered him, “Where I am going you cannot follow Me now, but you shall follow Me afterward.””
John 13:33, 36 NKJV
As the disciples went about the work that Jesus had commissioned them to do, there was much loss as each of them faced persecution and watered the ground in which the Gospel seeds were planted with their blood. I find myself moved deeply by the life of John, alone on Patmos, alone remaining. He had only memories of his fellow disciples to accompany him.
All the others were gone.
I try and fathom the joy he must have felt when he was summoned into Heaven in his vision and he saw Jesus take the scroll. There was his Lord!
“And I looked, and behold, in the midst of the throne and of the four living creatures, and in the midst of the elders, stood a Lamb as though it had been slain, having seven horns and seven eyes, which are the seven Spirits of God sent out into all the earth. Then He came and took the scroll out of the right hand of Him who sat on the throne.”
Revelation 5:6-7 NKJV
All the years since he had last seen Him, must of rushed by, as John beheld Jesus in glory. Years of loss, torture, hurt and mourning gave way to victory.
We are living in a world that appears to be falling apart. Each day, we move a little closer to destruction, as superpowers rattle sabers, and old adversaries launch attacks back and forth in ever increasing intervals. In these times, I am heartened by the fact that I have an eternal home, a place beyond all this, that my Lord is preparing for me.
I need not fear what is happening in this world, as it is just symptomatic of a world passing away. I know that there is an eternal habitiation awaiting me.
My brothers and sisters, have no fear in these uncertain times, but know that God is for you. He has a place for those who have called upon the name of the Lord for salvation.
Be motivated to tell others of the Good News, of that great Savior who went to the cross, that sins could be paid for and forgiven. Let that motivation be based in the surety you have in Christ. We do not rely oh hearsay, but the words penned by witnesses to God’s glory, further confirmed by the presence of the Holy Spirit in us.
“For we did not follow cunningly devised fables when we made known to you the power and coming of our Lord Jesus Christ, but were eyewitnesses of His majesty.
And so we have the prophetic word confirmed, which you do well to heed as a light that shines in a dark place, until the day dawns and the morning star rises in your hearts; knowing this first, that no prophecy of Scripture is of any private interpretation, for prophecy never came by the will of man, but holy men of God spoke as they were moved by the Holy Spirit.”
II Peter 1:16, 19-21 NKJV
Now is not the time to go into hiding, but a time to be bold. Because of that great salvation, I leave my house to go places when I would rather stay home, I go forth and edify fellow believers, and share the Gospel as I have the chance.
Jesus is preparing a place that is being prepared as a bride, our future and eternal habitation. I am looking forward to the day when I and my brothers and sisters, will meet in our home, and separate no more.
“Now I saw a new heaven and a new earth, for the first heaven and the first earth had passed away. Also there was no more sea. Then I, John, saw the holy city, New Jerusalem, coming down out of heaven from God, prepared as a bride adorned for her husband. And I heard a loud voice from heaven saying, “Behold, the tabernacle of God is with men, and He will dwell with them, and they shall be His people. God Himself will be with them and be their God. And God will wipe away every tear from their eyes; there shall be no more death, nor sorrow, nor crying. There shall be no more pain, for the former things have passed away.””
Revelation 21:1-4 NKJV