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
Anyone who has walked with the Lord for even a short time is familiar with the scripture that promises us a mansion in heaven. Jesus himself gives us the guarantee that we will one day be in heaven with him, living in a mansion greater than we can comprehend in our earthly bodies. It is a promise that I desire to see fulfilled.
I wonder, however, why we so often become doubting Thomas’. The promise is given clearly, numerous times, that we are given a home in heaven by Jesus himself. Sadly, though we would never say it, moments of doubt creep in.
Thomas saith unto him, Lord, we know not whither thou goest; and how can we know the way? – John 14:5
This world permeates us so much that we cannot truly grasp on to this promise at the level we should. Our flesh battles the idea of such an awesome thing. Lately, thoughts of heaven consume me. I wonder about what to expect, and I ponder the idea of being freed of the chaos I have known for all 33 years of my life.
Picture this in your mind: No more cancer. No more sickness. No more aches and pains. No more losing loved ones. No more fighting with friends. No more tears of sadness (only those of joy – if at all). No more imperfect bodies. No more people judging others. No more hurtful words. No more misunderstandings. No more doubt or worry. No more imperfections. . . . .
It is impossible to truly imagine this, yet it will come one day. Our minds have a beginning and end, but where we will go there is NO end. It will always be as a fresh beginning!
Here are some wonderful promises given to us by the Lord:
For this we say unto you by the word of the Lord, that we which are alive and remain unto the coming of the Lord shall not prevent them which are asleep. For the Lord himself shall descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of the archangel, and with the trump of God: and the dead in Christ shall rise first: Then we which are alive and remain shall be caught up together with them in the clouds, to meet the Lord in the air: and so shall we ever be with the Lord. Wherefore comfort one another with these words. – 1 Thessalonians 4:15-18
And he that sat was to look upon like a jasper and a sardine stone: and there was a rainbow round about the throne, in sight like unto an emerald. And round about the throne were four and twenty seats: and upon the seats I saw four and twenty elders sitting, clothed in white raiment; and they had on their heads crowns of gold. – Revelation 4:3-4
And I saw a new heaven and a new earth: for the first heaven and the first earth were passed away; and there was no more sea. And I John saw the holy city, new Jerusalem, coming down from God out of heaven, prepared as a bride adorned for her husband. – Revelation 21:1-2
I like to try to imagine what things will be like there. I realize I truly can’t, but it doesn’t stop me from trying. The greatest thing ever will be seeing Jesus face-to-face and audibly hearing his voice.
I wonder if my mansion will be up in the clouds where I can fly (or float) up to it or if it will be on a mountainside with lots of flowers. Maybe it will even be on Hallelujah Street (as in the song Value of One), right by the gold street.
Whenever this world gets to be too much, I just think about what is to come. There is NO greater comfort than knowing I will one day be in God’s perfect world, in a glorified body, with a Holy and Almighty King!!!
Trust in the Lord’s promise. Heaven is real, and you can be there one day if you trust in the Lord Jesus Christ!!