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October 10, 2021 | Doug Sauder
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“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 to Myself; that where I am, there you may be also.”—John 14:2-3 (NKJV)
Jesus couldn’t be any clearer as He begins to paint a picture of heaven for His disciples, “I’m going to prepare a place for you . . . I’m going to return for you . . . so you can be with me.” He wants His disciples to be with Him in heaven!
Now, if you’re a Christian, at this point you may be tempted to think, Yeah, but Jesus was saying this to the original set of disciples . . . I believe He felt that way about them but I’m not so sure He feels the same way about me.
Allow Jesus to clear that question up for you, because He does so in this very same discourse. He goes on to give the disciples more promises, then to top it all off, He prays for them. But not just them, watch who He includes: “I do not pray for these alone, but also for those who will believe in Me through their word” (John 17:20 NKJV).
Jesus extends His prayer to anyone who has come to believe in Him through the words of the original disciples. If you’re a Christian reading this today, that’s you! We’re all connected and included in Christ’s promises here. Watch what He goes on to say about you: “Father, I desire that they also whom You gave Me may be with Me where I am, that they may behold My glory which You have given Me” (John 17:24 NKJV).
Jesus is praying that all who have come to trust in Him would be with Him and witness His eternal glory in heaven. You can’t interpret that as meaning anything other than this: He wants you to be with Him in heaven!
Why is this an important point? Because self-loathing is imbedded in our human nature. Most of us, at some point, will doubt that God really wants us to inhabit heaven with Him, or that He will have a begrudging attitude towards us. Perish the notion! He desires for us to be there with Him . . . so much so that He died to make it possible. Don’t doubt His desire for you.
DIG: What is Jesus’ desire for His disciples? Who qualifies as a disciple?
DISCOVER: How can you use this to quench your doubts?
DISPLAY: Today, reflect on how much God loves you. Consider all He did to make a home for you in heaven. Consider all He endured and the victory He won to allow you to be made right with Him and bring you into His family.
Pastor Dan Hickling serves our online community, also known as the Calvary Chapel Online Campus. He and his wife Becky have been married for 22 years and have two children, Lauren and Danny. Both Dan and Becky have been part of the CCFL church family for 22 years and have served in full time ministry for 20 of those years.