Homecoming reflections 9/18/11

John 14:1-6  “Let not your hearts be troubled. Believe in God; believe also in me.  (2)  In my Father’s house are many rooms. If it were not so, would I have told you that I go to prepare a place for you?  (3)  And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again and will take you to myself, that where I am you may be also.  (4)  And you know the way to where I am going.”  (5)  Thomas said to him, “Lord, we do not know where you are going. How can we know the way?”  (6)  Jesus said to him, “I am the way, and the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.

John chapter 14:1-6 were the passages we looked at this morning for our devotion and prayer.  In these passages we see our Lord comforting his disciples as the time is approaching when he will suffer and die.  He comforts with the assurance that he goes to prepare a place for them in Heaven, and if he goes to prepare a place he will come again, to take them home.

Today our Lord knows of our fears and uncertainties as many try to create heaven on earth.  He is there when this fails to bring us true peace and security with these same words of comfort that he has left to prepare our home as well and will lead us home one day.  In this home we will find the true peace and joy of God’s love.

Thomas does raise a question in passage that resonates truth even today about the human condition.  He asks Lord how will we know the way.  Jesus replies “I am the way, the truth, and the life; no one comes to the Father but through me.”  A church folks we are always called back to the gospel to remember that our salvation is based on accepting the payment for our sins, to cleanse us and lead us to that heavenly home.  For all folks are you still struggling to make a home here in this life and find that it can be so easily destroyed by disaster and circumstances.  Then maybe God is calling you to repentance and to stop questioning like Thomas and to find the assurance of God’s salvation in faith alone in Christ alone.  It is a free gift offered through the love and grace of our heavenly Father.

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