“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 and prepare a place for you, I will come again and will take you to myself, that where I am you may be also. And you know the way to where I am going.” Thomas said to him, “Lord, we do not know where you are going. How can we know the way?” John 14:1-5
Hope is what differentiates Christianity from all other religions. What Christians have is not what most think of as hope, a wish or longing for something, but a certainty. Today Jesus tells us that He will prepare a place for us in Heaven so that we can be with Him always. That is a hope no other religion give its followers.
Mormons have to work for their salvation, never knowing if they have done enough. They must dot all the I’s and cross all the T’s. The followers of Mohamed must follow a set of rules, have their good deeds outweigh their bad and yet Allah may decide that still is not enough. For the Buddhist and the Hindu all they have to look forward to is an endless recycling of life and just maybe and end as they are absorbed into nothingness. And the unbeliever, life just ends and all is pointless.
Christ brings fulfillment to a basic longing of everyone, that there must be more than what we have here on earth. That somehow we must endure past the grave. He answers that question with a resounding YES, there is more there is life more abundant than we have ever known and that life is with His forever.
God’s house is a very, very big house with room for all of us. Have you made your reservation? They lines are always open. All you have to do is call out to Jesus. He is waiting for you to call Him and He will answer, no being put on hold, no endless menu within menus and no “your call is very important to us, please wait on the next available agent. Jesus takes all the calls in person with no wait. Your room is always ready and He has left the light on. Don’t forget the football.
Have a blessed day,