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The Longing of Jesus

Wednesday, February 7, 2018

And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again and will take you to myself, that where I am you may be also (John 14:3, esv).

“Have a good day” will be a silly thing to say in heaven.

“Have a good day?” Are you new here or what?

In heaven, we’ll be with Jesus Christ forever. In heaven, we will never get over what it’s like to experience the nearness of God. In heaven, we’ll find that Jesus has moved right into the neighborhood, that He owns the house just up the street. And nothing will ever be the same again. Life in heaven will always be good.

God has revealed His affection for His own by calling us His children.

But here’s what makes it even better, something we can go ahead and enjoy thinking about today. Not only is heaven sure to be good when we get there; having us in heaven is what Jesus is wanting right now, too. He is longing to be with His children. With us. Forever. Never forget that.

Having a child changes everything, doesn’t it? From the moment a couple welcomes a new son or daughter into the house, everything in life begins revolving around this addition to their family.

“Where is she?”

“How’s he doing?”

“Is she sleeping?”

“What does he need?”

This shift in a household dynamic is not a surprise to us. We fully expect it. In fact, we would think of parents as sick if they felt any other way. They don’t need to go to a “Love Your Kid” seminar to help them realize this is what they ought to be doing and feeling. All they want, without ever being taught to want it, is simply to love their baby. They’d even love their child if the child hated them! Parents loving and wanting to be near their children is how they just naturally respond.

Well, God has revealed His affection for His own by calling us His children. “To all who did receive him, who believed in his name, he gave the right to become children of God” (John 1:12). “Behold what manner of love the Father has bestowed on us, that we should be called children of God” (1 John 3:1, nkjv)! And Jesus—who is never too busy for us, never distracted by some other task or responsibility that keeps Him from paying attention to us—is actively longing for reunion with us, the way a parent longs to hold and cherish their own child.

Herein lies the incredible assurance of John 14: “Let not your hearts be troubled. Believe in God; believe also in me. In my Father’s house are many rooms. If it were not so, would I have told you that I go to prepare a place for you? And if I go to prepare a place for you, I will come again and will take you to myself, that where I am you may be also” (John 14:1–3, esv).

These are not just familiar Bible verses. They’re not only the kind of comforting words people speak at the end of someone’s life. Jesus’ longing for His own is the true desire of His heart. And if you’re one of His sons or daughters, having turned from your sin and embraced Him by faith, you are on His heart right this very moment. He is dearly looking forward to having you with Him forever.

And that’s all you need to know to have a genuinely good day until then.

Journal

  • What does being a child of God provide you that any other type of relationship would leave incomplete?
  • What are the lies that must be believed whenever you minimize or discount the love of Christ for you? Name some truths that refute those lies.

Pray
Lord, how sweet the hope of heaven. How awesome to think of Your desire to gather Your children around You forever, where Your grace toward sinners will yield for You maximum, endless glory. Thank You for making me Your child through Your great mercy and love, and for choosing to want me as part of Your family, even though You need nothing at all to complete You. Accept my praise in the name of Jesus, who has gone to prepare a place for me, amen.


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