"There You Will Be"

“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 14:3

The greatest love story known to man is found in the Holy Bible. A love so pure, a love so divine, when you read it with an open heart and a thirsty soul you will be satisfied each and every time. I have yet to meet a person who grows tired of being loved unconditionally. When you fathom the depth of God’s love for us in Jesus Christ we can’t help but shake our heads in amazement. To think, someone loves me like this. It baffles the human mind and comprehension. We are so conditioned by the world to perform for love we struggle with accepting the fact that a perfect, holy God would be mindful of me. I don’t know about you loved one, but I am humbled to think God would or even could love me at all but to love me like He does. It blows me away. How soon we forget, heaven is conditional but the love of God is not. He loves us unconditionally.

I love reading Johns Gospel account of the Last Supper that Jesus shared with His followers. He took the opportunity at a meal to share His heart with them. He was preparing them for His departure from them and this earth by way of the Cross and yet His goodbye wasn’t really a goodbye at all because if you hear His words to them that night He tells them that He is simply going on ahead to prepare both the way and the place where they could meet Him again one day. Jesus was going to prepare a place to meet again and not just to share a moment here and there or even a meal, but to meet together and be together forever. Jesus tells those He loves, “where I am, there you may be also”. The words, “There you’ll be” is both an invitation and a promise to the beloved.

“There you’ll be” is an invitation for each of us to put our trust in Jesus. To know for certain that we won’t be stuck in our current state forever. Jesus words are our reminder each day that we are never without hope in this world as long as our hope is in God. There is something spectacular that awaits us down the road if we are looking unto Jesus. “There you’ll be” is also a promise to us that God knows our heart, He knows our needs and Jesus tells His disciples that He is going on ahead to prepare a place just for them. “There you’ll be” also provides the hope we need for the future in the midst of a world overflowing with sorrow and pain.  The hope of “there you’ll be” is what pulls us forward when the world tries to pull us back, its what picks us up when we are down.

We can only imagine what that day will be like when we step into eternity. Like the perfect marriage, the imagery of belonging to Jesus is likened to a groom who adores His new bride so much and though He has been away from her for so long He was all the while with a purpose. He was making sure every provision for her was made and no detail was left undone so that when they meet for the first time face to face there will be no distraction to turn them away one another. Only celebration awaits them. That’s how it is going to be one day!

Let this promise fill your heart today, loved one, and let it soak into your mind as you go through your day. Ponder it long and well. Meditate on Jesus words and allow the Lord to fill your heart overflowing with the hope of what is still yet ahead. Live with your heart wide open today and be ready to receive all that He has for you. Your Beloved is coming, and He is coming soon. Remember, that is both an invitation and a promise. Don’t miss out, be ready!

“The voice of my beloved! Behold, he comes leaping upon the mountains, skipping upon the hills.” “…My beloved spoke, and said to me: “ Rise up, my love, my fair one, and come away.” “…Let me see your face, let me hear your voice; for your voice is sweet, and your face is lovely.”

Song of Songs 2:8,10,14

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Friday, 18 August 2017