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"No Place Like Home"

PastorMikeOsthimer1

"But as it is written: "Eye has not seen, nor ear heard, Nor have entered into the heart of man The things which God has prepared for those who love Him."


1 Corinthians 2:9




After three nights on an inflatable mattress on our daughter and son in laws living room floor both my wife and I will be glad to be at home sometime tonight to enjoy the comfort of our own bed. As I was awakened this morning by the smile of our grandson making his way down the stairs to spy on us in the dark to see if we were awake, as he was under strict orders from his mom not to wake us up. With a bad back, sleeping on this air mattress made me feel more like a sailer at sea in the midst of a great storm, tossing and turning all night, my prayer was that the dawn of a new day could not come soon enough.


We love the time we get to spend up here with our kids and the discomfort of any bed other than our own is worth the pain. I find it interesting that God often times uses discomfort to get our attention and seems to always speak in the midst of life's more trying circumstances to teach us greater truths He wants us to know.


As I was laying awake in the dark in the early hours of the morning the Lord brought to mind the words of Jesus in John 14:1-4, where Jesus is speaking to His disciples at what is known as the Last Supper, where He is preparing them for His soon departure from this earth back to heaven after He goes to the Cross and purchases our salvation.


Jesus tells the disciples in John 14, "Let not your heart be troubled; you believe in God, believe also in Me. 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. And where I go you know, and the way you know."

Its funny to me how God can use an air mattress to remind me that the better place isn't necessarily sleeping in my own bed. The best place by far is to be in the presence of God one day, in My Father's house. The most important thing to know about the Father's house is the way to get there. Just like my wife knows the way to get to our home from where we are (I'd be lost without her), Jesus has mapped out a way for each of us to make it to the Father's house safely.


In John 14:6, "Jesus said to him, "I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through Me." The good news of the gospel today is there is one way to heaven, and only one way so as to not be confusing and at the same time to be comforting to those who seek it.


Heading home from our daughters house today we will find ourselves traveling in numerous directions and on multiple freeways. The point being, it will be harder to get to our earthly house than it is to get to heaven. To get to our earthly home safely is contingent on a lot of things, some we have control over and many we do not. Yet with regard to heaven the only thing we need to make it home safely is place our hope and trust completely in and only on Jesus Christ, God's only begotten son, who loved us and gave His life for us. That's the way Jesus was speaking of in John 14:4, thats the way Jesus was telling His disciples they knew.


In the book of Acts we read again that Jesus is the way home, the way to the Father's house. In Acts 4:10-12 its written, "let it be known to you all, and to all the people of Israel, that by the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth, whom you crucified, whom God raised from the dead, by Him this man stands here before you whole. This is the 'stone which was rejected by you builders, which has become the chief cornerstone.' Nor is there salvation in any other, for there is no other name under heaven given among men by which we must be saved." Did, you catch that in verse 12, "Nor is there salvation in any other, for there is no other name under heaven given among men by which we must be saved." Jesus is the way home!


The best news still is, just as Jesus promised to come get the disciples when He was ready for them to come to the Father's house, we have the same assurance today too. You don't need to memorize a route to get home or pack your clothes or anything like that to be ready for heaven one day. The apostle Paul might have said it best when he penned these words in Galatians 2:20, "I have been crucified with Christ; it is no longer I who live, but Christ lives in me; and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave Himself for me." Just keep living for Jesus and one day soon, one day before we know it, Jesus will come again and bring us safely home to the Father's house.


A great reminder today if you woke up on the wrong side of the bed or if you find yourself feeling today like C.S. Lewis who once said, "If I find in myself desires which nothing in this world can satisfy, the only logical explanation is that I was made for another world." Yes, loved one, there is no place like home!



"For we know that if our earthly house, this tent, is destroyed, we have a building from God, a house not made with hands, eternal in the heavens. For in this we groan, earnestly desiring to be clothed with our habitation which is from heaven, if indeed, having been clothed, we shall not be found naked. For we who are in this tent groan, being burdened, not because we want to be unclothed, but further clothed, that mortality may be swallowed up by life. Now He who has prepared us for this very thing is God, who also has given us the Spirit as a guarantee. So we are always confident, knowing that while we are at home in the body we are absent from the Lord. For we walk by faith, not by sight. We are confident, yes, well pleased rather to be absent from the body and to be present with the Lord. Therefore we make it our aim, whether present or absent, to be well pleasing to Him."



2 Corinthians 5:1-9



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Monday, 22 October 2018