Saturday, February 23, 2008

The Best Is Yet To Come

John begins his gospel by saying that God created everything through Jesus, and nothing was created except through him.(a) In today’s promise Jesus tells believers that He is going to prepare a place for us in his Father’s house.(b) Have you ever tried to imagine what that is going to be like?

This visible world, which Jesus created, is awesome! The great natural wonders like Mount Everest, The Grand Canyon, the Northern Lights, to mention a few. Then there is the beauty we can see by telescope of countless stars and galaxies in space - the minute things that become visible through the microscope – plus the everyday world all around us of flowers and trees, lovely fragrances, singing birds, changing seasons, sunsets, rainbows, etc. etc.

While this natural creation is so wonderful, it is only a veiled hint of the grandeur and beauty of a spiritual reality that is invisible to natural eyes. Somewhere in that indescribably beautiful spiritual reality is the Father’s house with its many mansions, and where Jesus is preparing a place for us. In our wildest imaginations we will never, in this life, even get close to envisioning how gloriously fabulous that place is going to be! It will be infinitely beyond the natural creation.

But what makes that place even more wonderful is that Jesus will be there! And furthermore he is coming back to get us so we can be with him!! We will be with Jesus forever!!!

As lovely, and enjoyable as this natural world is, it along with all the material things we have built and accumulated are all going to burn up.(c) Our primary focus needs to be on the spiritual creation and our eternal relationship with Jesus. Paul says, “Since you have been raised to new life with Christ, set your sights on the realities of heaven, where Christ sits in the place of honor at God’s right hand. Think about the things of heaven, not the things of earth. For you died to this life, and your real life is hidden with Christ in God.”(d)

When we come upon hard times – the death of a loved one, or when we ourselves are diagnosed with a life threatening illness, our thoughts quite naturally shift to spiritual things and the Father’s house where we will be with Jesus. But even the healthy, joyful times of this life can become even richer if we think more about the things of heaven than the things of this world. It’s going to be far better than the best we will ever have on this earth. Indeed, the best is yet to come!

Let’s Pray –
Father, thank you for this lovely world and the material things you have blessed us with. But Father, what we are most thankful for, is the wonderful hope of spending eternity with Jesus. Help us to keep our minds fixed on that priceless privilege. Amen

Foot Notes:
(a) John 1:3, (b) John 14:1-3, (c) 2 Peter 3:12 (d) Colossians 3:1-2,


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