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3/12/2006

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Jesus Made Room for Us

"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." (John 14:2)

Before Jesus went to the cross, He spent an evening talking with His eleven closest followers, preparing them for what was about to happen. John 14 records part of what Jesus said that evening. A well-known part of that conversation is John 14:2: "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" (John 14:2).

There are two things that we need to understand about what Jesus said that night. First, the word "mansion" doesn't mean "big house," which is the way we use the word today. "Mansion" in John 14:2 means "room" or "place to live." The point that Jesus was making is this: Don't worry; there's plenty of room for all my followers to live with the Father. I'm not going back to live there alone.

To understand the second important part, we have to remember what Jesus was about to do: He was about to go to the Father. His path to the Father was difficult: He had to die, be buried, and be raised from the dead. Then He would go up in the clouds. So when Jesus said, "I'm going to prepare a place for you," He didn't mean, I'm going to heaven to start a building project. He actually meant, I'm about to die. You'll be upset, but you shouldn't be. The reason I'm dying is to make a place for you where my Father lives.

Now why does Jesus say first, "There is plenty of room," and then, I'm going to make a place for you?" Well, even though there is plenty of room for people like us to dwell with the Father, there would be no way that we could join Him, unless Jesus first made a place for each of us--by dying for us.

Jesus' work is done now. When He died and was raised from the dead, He made a place for all of His disciples, for everyone in the past and the future who would ever believe in Him.

When Jesus died, He made room for us to dwell with the Father.

My Response:
» Am I one of Jesus' followers?
» Have I said "no" to my sins and made Jesus my Master?






Truth In Real Life


Description of God

A Light to the Gentiles
Isaiah 49:6 "And he said, It is a light thing that thou shouldest be my servant to raise up the tribes of Jacob, and to restore the preserved of Israel: I will also give thee for a light to the Gentiles, that thou mayest be my salvation unto the end of the earth."

 

Question & Answer

QWhat should be our response to God's Word?

AOur response to the Word should be faith and obedience. Psalm 119:9 – Wherewithal shall a young man cleanse his way? by taking heed thereto according to thy word.

 

BIG Christian Word

Creation - (kree-a-shun)

The word "creation" means to make from nothing. God created the entire universe out of nothing; it was originally very good; and he created it to glorify himself. This means that before God began to create the universe, nothing else existed except God himself. (Genesis 1:1) "In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth."