2072) In the Father’s House

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John 14:1-3  —  (Jesus said), “Do not let your hearts be troubled.  You believe in God; believe also in me.  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?  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.”


     Some years ago one of our Christian brothers from the land of Thailand gave his testimony in my hearing.  He told what it had meant in his life and for his future when the missionaries came with the good news of the gospel of Christ.

     He described the godly life of one of the early missionaries who had since died, and then said: “He is in the Father’s house now.”

     He told of one of the early converts to Christianity (also dead) and the love of Christ she had displayed, and then said: “She is in the Father’s house now.”

     What a vision for a humble Christian who only a generation before had been a pagan, worshiping idols and spirits—and now because of grace and mercy he talks about the Father’s house as though it were just a step away, across the street.

     This is the gospel of Christ—the kind of Christianity I believe in.  What joy to discover that God is not mad at us and that we are His children…. What a hope that makes it possible for the Lord’s people to lie down quietly when the time comes and whisper, “Father, I am coming home.”

–A. W. Tozer (1897-1963), Echoes from Eden, pages 50-51.


Psalm 23:6  —  Surely your goodness and love will follow me all the days of my life, and I will dwell in the house of the Lord forever.

Revelation 21:1-7  — Then I saw a new heaven and a new earth.  The first heaven and the first earth disappeared, and the sea vanished.  And I saw the Holy City, the new Jerusalem, coming down out of heaven from God, prepared and ready, like a bride dressed to meet her husband.  I heard a loud voice speaking from the throne: “Now God’s home is with people!  He will live with them, and they shall be his people.  God himself will be with them, and he will be their God.  He will wipe away all tears from their eyes.  There will be no more death, no more grief or crying or pain.  The old things will have disappeared.”  Then the one who sits on the throne said, “And now I make all things new!”  He also said to me, “Write this, because these words are true and can be trusted.”  And he said, “It is done!  I am the first and the last, the beginning and the end.  To anyone who is thirsty I will give the right to drink from the spring of the water of life without paying for it.  Those who win the victory will receive this from me: I will be their God, and they will be my children.”


Heavenly Father, your Son has promised that he is preparing a place for us.  Prepare us also for that place in your home.  In the name of Jesus we pray.  Amen.