For some of us, though, it’s not quite so simple. You see, I’ve moved quite a bit in my life. I was born in Toledo, Ohio. I spent half of my childhood in the city of Saginaw, Michigan and the other half in a tiny town called Stevensville, Michigan. Since then, I’ve lived in Watertown, Wisconsin; Mequon, Wisconsin; Milwaukee, Wisconsin; Monterrey, Mexico; Mexico City, Mexico; Miami, Florida; and now Edna, Texas.
So, how should I answer that question? Where am I from? Usually I say I’m from Michigan because that’s where I spent most of my childhood. That’s what I’ve always considered home. Realistically, though, I could now say I’m from Edna, Texas, because I’ve lived here longer than any other place in my entire life.
Where are you from? What do you consider your home?
On the night before he died, Jesus told his disciples, “In my Father’s house are many rooms… I am going there to prepare a place for you” (John 14:2). I recently read that verse to the residents at our local nursing home. But then I thought about it. That verse probably doesn’t sound so appealing to them. The nursing home has many rooms as well.
When you hear Jesus speak about the “rooms” of heaven, don’t picture the small two person rooms at your local nursing home, or even your bedroom or living room or kitchen. That’s not what Jesus was talking about.
The old King James Version of the Bible translated it this way, “In my Father’s house are many mansions.” Now we’re getting somewhere.
Don’t think small and simple. Think big and luxurious. Honestly, though, the word Jesus used doesn’t literally mean “mansion” either. It means, “a permanent dwelling place” – a permanent residence. It means “home.”
“In my Father’s house are many homes… I am going there to prepare a place for you.” Right now, Jesus is preparing a home in heaven just for you – a room, an apartment, a house, a mansion – with your name on the mailbox.
It’s a fact. You can be sure you are going to heaven – not because you are such a good person or because you go to church every Sunday, but because Jesus left his home in heaven to be born in Bethlehem, to be raised in Nazareth, to live in Capernaum and to die on Calvary.
You can be sure you’re going to heaven because it doesn’t depend on you. Jesus suffered God’s anger for your sins in your place. He died your death. He suffered your hell. He said, “It is finished!” It is all taken care of. You are forever forgiven because he took your place.
All those who believe in Jesus as their Savior from sin have a home waiting for them in heaven, prepared specifically for them by Jesus, with their name on the mailbox.
That truth gives us a confidence and a peace the world cannot understand. In the end, what do I have to worry about? I’m going to heaven.
When you struggle with the pains and problems of this world, just remember that your current address is not your permanent address. You aren’t home yet. Because of Jesus, your home is waiting for you in the happiness of heaven.
Your name is already on the mailbox.