I was at a small memorial service yesterday. As I sat listening to my friend, the pastor, speak about God's perspective of our death, I was struck by this one passage of scripture that he read:
John 14:1-4 (The Voice)
14 Jesus: Don’t get lost in despair; believe in God, and keep on believing in Me. 2 My Father’s home is designed to accommodate all of you. If there were not room for everyone, I would have told you that. I am going to make arrangements for your arrival. 3 I will be there to greet you personally and welcome you home, where we will be together. 4 You know where I am going and how to get there.
The NIV says:14 “Do not let your hearts be troubled. You believe in God; believe also in me. 2 My Father’s house has many rooms; if that were not so, would I have told you that I am going there to prepare a place for you? 3 And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come back and take you to be with me that you also may be where I am. 4 You know the way to the place where I am going.”
Jesus is preparing a place, making arrangements for ALL believers to come to His Father's house. Not just some, a select few, those who managed to do enough good works to earn their spot...all believers. There's no magic number. God would prefer we all end up there! God gives us grace so that we don't have to live our lives in a panic of "Did I do enough good here, to get a place there?" We must believe, confess, repent, and live in His light.
And how do we get there? Jesus says we know the way....it's Him. Jesus. Believe in Him. Hold on to Him. Focus on Him. Live in Him. Walk in the light of Jesus. Share that light. Jesus...the WAY, the TRUTH, the LIFE. The LIGHT...the beacon leading the way to eternal life with Him. And He can't wait for us to join Him in that place He is preparing for each and every believer...what peace in knowing...