Let Not Your Heart Be Troubled

“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 to prepare a place for you I will come again to receive you unto myself that where I am there you may be also.” - John 14:2 - 3

 

Remember having someone come to stay with you? Remember how you worked diligently to make the house all clean and nice for them? Remember how you wanted your home to not only be clean but to smell nice for them? Remember how you wanted everything to be perfect for them? Fresh linens on the guest room bed, scrubbed the toilet, scrubbed the tub and shower, vacuumed the rugs, swept the floors, dusted everything and made your home as clean and nice as it had ever been? You wanted to make a good impression on them. You prepared everything so that their stay was as nice as possible. You may have even taken time off of work, cleared your calendar and made no plans whatsoever in anticipation for their coming. Nothing was too much work, nothing was too good and nothing was too much trouble for your guests. 

 

Here we see in the book of John, Jesus preparing for us. The forty lashes weren’t enough, having the skin literally ripped from his back wasn’t enough, being spit upon and humiliated in front of everyone wasn’t enough. After all of that, He went to the cross for us. Nails were driven through His hands and feet for us. He hung there on the cross, each breath excruciating for us. He hung there for hours in pain for us. He hung there until ALL of our sins were repaid. Even in death, Jesus said that He was going to prepare a place for us but, that wasn’t even enough! Jesus said that not only did he suffer and die for us, He was going to prepare a place for us AND that He would receive us so that where He was we would be also! No wonder the scriptures tell us that we can do nothing without Him!

 

In human terms, it would be like Jesus taking us to the airport, flying the plane that gets us to our destination. Jesus driving the rental car, picks us up at the airport and drives us to the house that he has worked and slaved to prepare for us. As if that weren't enough, Jesus escorts us in then stays there with us and invites us to dine with Him. Jesus does it all!

 

In other passages it talks about a marriage supper. I don’t know about you but I have a daughter that was recently married. The supper was grand and no expense was spared. We wanted the guests to be well fed, content and to celebrate with us that our daughter was married and that she had fallen in love with a young man. The marriage supper was a feast of all feasts. Yes, it was expensive but, we were celebrating so the expense didn’t matter. The guests paid nothing, everything was paid for and everything was free and meant to provide a carefree, all expense paid, celebration for the wedding. 

 

In this day and age of protests, violence, destruction and lawlessness it's good to remind ourselves that this isn't it. This isn't all and this isn't our home. Our home is in heaven and our Savior went ahead to prepare a place for us. 

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Comments (16)

  1. PTF

    We should prepared ourselves to be called home at any time.
    Am I his worthy servant ?
    I have a few rough edges needing to be smoothed.
    With our new Republican President it has gotten easier to depend upon our religious beliefs to carry us through.

    November 12, 2016
    1. willsblog

      None of us are “worthy” and scripture clearly tells us that. That’s the reason that we need a Savior. That’s the reason that He had to send His Son to suffer and die for us. We ALL have a “few rough edges”, possibly MANY “rough edges”. Rather than rely on “religious beliefs”, I would advise anyone to rely on God alone.

      November 13, 2016
      1. PTF

        How could anyone not relying on God for help ?
        He may not answer right away or the ways we want to hear a favorable answer…he does answer the knocks on his door.
        I believe more people will turn to God freely after this liberal Demo regime vacates.

        November 15, 2016
        1. willsblog

          It makes no sense to me either. God is not a puppet and thus He may not answer when we think He should nor in the way He should but, you are right that He always does. I hope you are correct about more people turning to God, there certainly is a lot of evidence for it.

          November 15, 2016
          1. PTF

            wil…sooner or later we have to asked God for his help no matter how reluctant.
            There’s no embarrassment or ego trip that will stop us from asking…yet there are those who challenge 24/7 just to discourage. I think you know the two(mrmacq and wireless who mocks as he calls himself God,both are a abomination).
            One day wil when we close our eyes for the last time God will be waiting.
            Two words…
            Be ready.

            November 16, 2016
            1. willsblog

              I am looking forward to being with the Lord and living in the place that He is preparing for me. While here I pray that He will use me and that I will be useful for His kingdom.

              November 16, 2016
  2. cpministries

    Awesome post!

    November 12, 2016
    1. willsblog

      Thank you very much. Coming from someone who is clergy means a great deal.

      November 13, 2016
  3. jaageet

    We should remind ourselves that this is it. This is what we are. Even if this is a halfway house, shouldn’t we stop trashing it?

    November 14, 2016
    1. willsblog

      It depends upon what is meant by “stop trashing it”. The Leftists would advocate that we shouldn’t use fossil fuels at all even though God made them. The Leftists would raise taxes, increase regulation, take away rights and increase the costs of keeping warm simply because it would give them more control. Should we take care of the earth? YES however, we aren’t the only ones on the planet. Forcing Americans to pay through the nose for everything while allowing other countries to pollute the planet with impunity mades absolutely no sense. This is one area where the U.N. could be beneficial but instead it will seek to control, disarm and rape those countries that are wealthier than others.

      November 14, 2016
      1. jaageet

        Ok, I agree with you with regard to environmental regulations. By “trashing”, I didn’t meant burning fossil fuels. I meant not getting invested in our home here instead of our home in the afterlife. The Kingdom of Heaven if here and now – the present. The future is an imagination.

        November 15, 2016
        1. willsblog

          The Bible talks about our conduct here AND our lives in heaven so it’s not JUST here that Christians should be concerned about. Certainly we aren’t perfect, not sinless and not able to save ourselves and for that we need Jesus but there IS a home awaiting ALL believers in heaven AFTER we have passed away. Our lives here are brief and we need to be about the Father’s business while we are here BUT, Jesus went to prepare a place for us and we need to remember that heaven is our home NOT here.

          November 15, 2016
          1. jaageet

            Can you and I inquire without holding onto a crutch? Jesus had no Bible to hold on to. Let’s be Christlike, put away the Bible, and talk mano o mano. Life is eternal. It is brief only if you believe in death, that you can die.

            November 15, 2016
            1. willsblog

              First of all, God’s word is NOT a “crutch”. Secondly Jesus DID have a Bible which was the Old Testament, (He quoted from it many times so that the people of that day would understand). The New Testament comes from the Life of Christ, His ministry, His life and what He said. The Bible is the ONLY truth so it’s not a “crutch” as the unsaved try to claim. You are welcome to believe what you wish but I will proclaim God’s word unto my death. As I told “magnocrat” you are welcome to dream up and believe whatever you wish but, I will continue to believe and follow God’s word REGARDLESS of what Liberals claim nor say.

              November 15, 2016
  4. jaageet

    Ok, let’s do it your way. What is “God’s word” to you? You said: “The Bible talks about our conduct here AND our lives in heaven so it’s not JUST here that Christians should be concerned about.” Is this what the Bible literally says or what you believe it says? I studied the Bible as a Christian and want to contribute something to our discussion.

    November 16, 2016
    1. willsblog

      You studied the Bible “as a Christian”? So what are you now, a piece of toast? Apparently you have no clue that the Bible is a LIVING document and needs to be read and studied FOR A LIFETIME rather than once “as a Christian”. Stop wasting my time.

      November 16, 2016