A Mansion

Let not your heart be troubled: ye 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 unto myself; that where I am, there ye may be also.  And whither I go ye know, and the way ye know.

John 14:1-4

I think that this has always been one of the more encouraging passages in the Bible for the Christian.  I’m sure that Christians throughout the ages have looked to these words for comfort and strength when things got difficult.  We can take that same comfort and encouragement even today.

Jesus starts this passage with “Let not your heart be troubled.”  Sometimes our hearts do get troubled.  It was not hard to see why the disciples’ hearts were troubled at this time.  Their Lord was preparing to die on the cross.  They were confused and likely disheartened.  Jesus gave them these words and thoughts to comfort and still their troubled hearts.  They will still calm and comfort a troubled heart today.

“In my Father’s house are many mansions… I go to prepare a place for you.  I will come again, and receive you unto myself.”  Sometimes things don’t go our way.  Sometimes we get discouraged.  When that happens, we can think on this: Jesus is in Heaven preparing a place for us.  He is going to come again.  He is going to receive us unto Himself.  As I write this, Jesus is preparing a place for me.  That is an amazing thought.  I’m a weak, sinful person.  I don’t deserve any favor at all from the God of Heaven.  But He is there, preparing a place for me.

That is encouraging!

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