In My Father’s House Are Many Mansions
Let not your heart be troubled: ye 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 unto myself; that where I am, there ye may be also.
Do you ever wonder what Jesus is doing?
I admit sometimes I wonder, just what is taking Him so long??? I know He’s coming back for us. But when?
My trials make me impatient for it.
The ickiness and evil in the world make my soul cry out, ‘Come quickly Lord Jesus!’
I’ve found two passages in the Bible that give us clues about how He is occupied while we’re waiting for Him.
The first is this promise in John’s gospel.
“I go to prepare a place for you.”
He knows just what we’re gonna need for our forever stay.
He’s on it. He’s thought of everything. And it will all be perfect.
That lifts me when I feel ‘not at home’ in this world. I remember that this isn’t my real home, it’s like being on a long trip and longing to get home.
Home, where you belong, where your family is, and where you feel their love and acceptance.
Yep, even the things we don’t know we’ll need.
Like the knowledge of God that will heal our ‘soul holes’ as Ann Voskamp call them, even that will be ours.
To know God fully. There’s deep wonder in that promise.
The Grand Tetons are majestic, but God is Majesty, divine Majesty. He is brilliant in glory, immeasurable in love, overflowing in mercy, unmatched in power, and without equal in wisdom.
Don’t you want to know Him?
I can’t wait!
For now we see in a mirror dimly, but then face to face. Now I know in part; then I shall know fully, even as I have been fully known.
1 Corinthians 13:12
The second thing Jesus is doing is praying for us. Constantly. Faithfully. Wisely. Effectively.
Therefore he is able, once and forever, to save those who come to God through him. He lives forever to intercede with God on their behalf.
Hebrews 7:25 NLT
He intercedes with God on my behalf and on your behalf.
We forget to pray for ourselves and others, but Jesus lives for it!
We’re at the forefront of His thoughts. Don’t let the enemy tell you that Jesus has forgotten you—it’s not true. He numbers the hairs of your head. No detail is too small, no care too mundane, and no need too great for Him.
Jesus is waiting for that coming moment, that appointed time when He’ll return for His us and we’ll never be separated from His presence again.
We’ll see and enter into everything He’s prepared for us.
We’ll know all the prayers He prayed for us.
We’ll be all He has planned for us to be.
We’ll know as we are known.
The old song says, I’ve got a mansion just over the hilltop, in that bright land where we’ll never grow old.
I don’t know what kind of dwelling Jesus is preparing, but I know it’ll be perfect.
While in France we toured some of the great French Chateaux. This one is Chateau de Villandry. Beautiful, but a maintenance nightmare 😉
I said I’d blog about France, but instead I ate croissant, lots of French pastry and traipsed all over soaking up art, architecture, and the bucolic French countryside.
It’s all as beautiful as you’ve heard, but I’m sorry to report that there is still too much smoking in France.