“Do not let your hearts be troubled. You believe in God; believe also in me. My Father’s house has many rooms; if that were not so, would I have told you that I am going there to prepare a place for you?” John 14: 1-2
My mom has been in heaven since 2014. My dad joined her in 2019. After Mom died, I remember many times in talking with my dad, the subject naturally turned to eternity. “I wonder what it’s going to be like,” he would think aloud. Well, Dad, you don’t have to wonder anymore. You both have a front-row seat to eternity!
But even for long-time followers of Christ, this topic raises questions, just as it did with my dad. After all, how can the finite human language possibly describe the indescribable? How do we wrap our minds around eternity?
Jesus explains it this way – heaven is like a home with many dwelling places or many rooms. For the follower of Jesus, there will be a room for you. Here we see a picture of Jesus becoming the ultimate servant – preparing our place in heaven, preparing our home. Jesus is saying that heaven is like a home. It’s the ultimate home: free from stress, relational drama, and endless ‘to-do’ lists. Our heavenly home will be one of rest and of peace, prepared personally by Jesus, for those who trust in Him.
Most importantly, heaven will be about our heavenly Father, Jesus explains. This is a Father offering us security. A Father we can count on. Many people haven’t had a good relationship with their biological father. Some may have never even known him. Some may have greatly feared him, while others may have felt their love never pleased him. The type of Father Jesus is describing might be difficult to imagine, but heaven is going to be like the perfect home with the perfect Father. In heaven, we will finally experience the world the way that God intended – free from brokenness, pain, and disappointment – with a Father who is strong, loving, fair, dependable, and kind.
If you have been hurt or let down by people or life’s circumstances – look to Jesus. If your earthly father has failed or disappointed you – look to Jesus. Whatever your circumstances are – look to Jesus.
Because for those who trust in Him, the best is yet to come!