Going Home


“Let not your hearts be troubled. Believe in God; believe also in me. 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?" - John 14:1–2

Going home! What a soothing reflection! What an amazing prospect! At the very thought of heaven, the heart throbs quicker, the spirit grows ecstatic, the whole soul uplifts, eager for its flight.

"I go to prepare a place for you" was one of the last and sweetest assurances that the departing Savior spoke; and though uttered almost 2000 years ago, those words thrill the heart with holy and indescribable joy. He has prepared heaven for us, and by his gentle, wise, and loving Spirit He is preparing us for heaven.

Amid the darkness and chaos of earth, it is refreshing to think of heaven as our eternal home. "In hope of eternal life, which God, that cannot lie, promised before the world began" (Titus 1:2). This is our basis for faith, our certainty of hope.

Heaven is a promised "rest"! And that promise is the Word of Him who cannot lie. Nothing can surpass, nothing can compare with this! Heaven is true! God has promised it - Christ has secured it - the Holy Spirit has prepared us for it!

The home to which we aspire, and for which we yearn, is a perfect and permanent home. We are not yet at our "perfect rest." Currently, God is our present home, and Jesus our present rest. Beneath the shadow of the cross, within the altar room of God's love, there is a real ease, a peace that passes all understanding.

"Come unto me, all you that labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest." It is a promise, a comfort, a certainty! But it is to heaven we look for perfect and changeless happiness. "The former things are passed away" (Rev. 21:4).

At Christ's second coming our eternal home will be reached, and our soul will find itself in heaven, where all is perfect and peaceful. Who would not live to win and enjoy a heaven so pure, so holy, and so changeless as this? Those who have Christ in their heart possess unchangeable hope of glory.

Heaven is my rest, toward which I am journeying. May this year bring me nearer its blessed and endless enjoyment.

Savior, Redeemer, King, it is to my eternal home which I strive. In You alone will I find eternal blissful rest. Help me this year to put my faith in You, my All in All. Amen.
Jun 4 2018