#5113 – God is for us

Good morning cherished and valuable children of God.

John 14:2 NIV “My Father’s house has many rooms; if that were not so, would I have told you that I am going there to prepare a place for you?”

One of the eternal truths of God is that He is for us; He is for you.

In this world, many people can be against us. We can be against ourselves. Love is replaced with harshness, anger, hurt and bitterness. Rejection, rebellion and hatred are often seen and experienced.

Unfortunately, we can sometimes project this onto God. Our view of God is often shaped through the lens of our natural experiences. Whenever we do this, we land in the wrong place.

Jesus is preparing an eternal home for you with His Father. Don’t miss the words ‘for you’.

I’m reminded of this empowering verse:

Jeremiah 29:11 NIV “For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.”

God is for us and His plan is to give us a future. In fact, this verse more literally reads, ‘plans to give you a hope-filled future’. That’s nice. That’s wonderful.

In all you do today – including if things are going great or if every step is filled with pain – may you know that God is for you. His thoughts about you are precious and He loves you with pure love. He lives in you and He is preparing an eternal home for you.

God is for you.

#5112 – Preparing a Home

Good morning people who are destined for glory.

John 14:2 NIV My Father’s house has many rooms; if that were not so, would I have told you that I am going there to prepare a place for you?”

Jesus came to earth to prepare us for eternity.

Jesus’ life on this earth is a model of how we can live life now. The prioritising of His time with His Father is to be reflected in our lives. His dependence on the Holy Spirit in every moment is how we too should live. His love for people is an example for us all to follow.

Jesus is now in heaven preparing a home for us!

If Jesus is preparing something for us, it’s going to be indescribably good beyond words! We are not talking about a great natural craftsman forming something out of wood. We are talking about the eternal Son of God forming a home for us with the Father!

What does it all look like?

I honestly have no idea. Yes, I know the Bible gives us insights into some aspects of the new heaven and the new earth. But honestly, whatever I can naturally imagine is immeasurably insufficient.

The same is true in our view of God Himself. Yes, we know some things about the Father, and the Son, and the Holy Spirit, and these things are wonderful. But oh, God is so much more!!!

Our best imagination barely scrapes the surface of the beauty, majesty and brilliance of our infinite God!

He is more! What He does is more! What He is preparing is more! God is just more!!

#5111 – Jesus is Truth

Good morning people who are planted deeply into truth.

John 14:2 NIV “My Father’s house has many rooms; if that were not so, would I have told you that I am going there to prepare a place for you?”

Jesus reveals a constant essential truth in this verse. It is consistent with what He declares about Himself just a few verses later in John 14:6 when He declares, “I am the truth.”

Jesus is the Truth; this is who He is. He doesn’t just speak what is true, although everything He says is true. It goes much deeper than this. He is Truth.

As the Truth, Jesus always speaks the truth. In this verse, He is talking about His Father’s house and the many rooms in it. This is a deep profound truth that is not easily understood. Jesus knows that even His disciples might struggle with what He is saying.

So, in essence He declares, “If what I am saying is not true, I wouldn’t say it.”

I have always smiled when I have meditated on the scriptures where Jesus is talking and He starts with the words, “Truly I tell you.” To me, they are redundant, because everything Jesus says is the truth, because He is the Truth.

But in these moments – and in the verse above – Jesus highlights the fact that He is speaking the truth because He knows that we too often get stuck in our own natural way of thinking. It’s understandable that we think, “That’s not possible.” And from a human standpoint, that’s true.

But God is not natural. God is not limited. God is not bound by the laws that He created to govern the earth.

God is spiritual, eternal, all-powerful. God is without limit and infinite.

God is Truth and all that He speaks is true. Of this we can always be confident.

#5110 – The Father’s House

Good morning people who have been given eternal life.

John 14:2 NIV My Father’s house has many rooms; if that were not so, would I have told you that I am going there to prepare a place for you?”

Jesus told His disciples that salvation is the doorway into eternal life. The focus then and now is not primarily for a better life on earth, but for a heavenly eternal home with the Father.

When Jesus talked about His Father’s house, He was talking about where His Father dwells; His residence. And when He was taking about the many rooms in this place of His Father’s residence, He was also talking about many dwellings; places of residence.

Here’s what Jesus was saying: My Father has a place of residence and there is plenty of room for others to have their residence with Him. This is too glorious for human comprehension!

Once again, Jesus did not describe this residence as His residence, but as His Father’s residence. Of course Jesus lives there, but it is rightfully His Father’s house.

One day, every believer will be welcomed home to live in our Father’s house; the place where He dwells. Oh what a wonderful day that will be!

You have a place waiting for you with our Heavenly Father. He created you to spend eternity with Him. He desires this with a supernatural desire. He longs for this and yearns for this. His heart is completely for you and He wants you to live with Him forever.

This is why He sent His Son Jesus. Through believing in Jesus as the Son of God who lived, died and rose again, we have a confidence that we have eternal life; living where our Father lives forever. This will be our home.

#5109 – Jesus’ Father

Good morning highly favoured friends of our Lord and God.

John 14:2 NIV My Father’s house has many rooms; if that were not so, would I have told you that I am going there to prepare a place for you?”

Jesus was never created, but He has a Father. This most definitely fits into the realm of mystery. It also equally fits into the realm of absolute truth.

Jesus constantly drew people’s attention to His Father. I believe that this is the most significant focus of Jesus’ life while He walked the earth. I believe it still remains His highest priority.

In Matthew 6, Jesus instructs us to pray ‘our Father’. He was clearly highlighting who to pray to; not to Himself, but to His Father. But He was also making it very clear that His Father and our Father is the same Father.

Again, this is a mystery too deep to naturally understand, but this is an imperative thought for the world today. The depth of truth about the spiritual reality of God cannot be naturally understood. It’s not that it’s difficult to naturally understand, it’s that it is impossible to naturally understand.

We need revelation from heaven, and the greatest revelation from heaven is Jesus; He is the revelation of the Father. Hebrews 1:3 tells us that Jesus is ‘the exact representation of His (Father’s) being’. As Jesus says in John 14:9, ‘anyone who has seen Me has seen the Father’.

This is such a beautiful truth, and it starts with Jesus pointing us to the Father being His Father as well as our Father. Jesus has a Father and we also have a Father in heaven.