From the Pastor . . .
Most of you know that for the past few months, my family and I have been preparing to move into a new house so we can have more space for family. But what some of you may not know is how much work is involved! First there is all the sorting and packing of our things and putting a lot of our stuff in storage. Then we have to prepare our current house for sale with painting and new carpets and various repairs. Then people come over to look at our house and see if they want to buy it, and at the same time we are trying to look at other houses and see if we want to buy them. And if all that goes well, then there are the mortgages and then the moving itself. I get tired just thinking about it all!
But all this brought to my mind something that Jesus said, in John 14: 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.
Do you get it? On the Last Day, when Jesus returns and it's moving day for all of us, there will be no work for us to do! Jesus has done everything. First, He came to do the work of atoning for our sins on the cross. Then He rose from the dead and ascended into heaven to prepare our home for us. And finally on the Last Day, He is coming to take us to our new home from which we will never have to move again! He promised. And when Jesus makes a promise, you can count on it.
Now, what exactly is Jesus doing to prepare for us? I'm not sure. If He can create everything that exists by just His Word, seems like preparing a place for us in heaven would be easy.
But what this means is that our home will be perfect - just right for you and me. Right now, my family and I are looking at houses and trying to find one that is just right and fits all our needs. And our realtor is helping us. But no searching with Jesus! The home He will provide will be not only what we need, but far exceed our expectations. John tries to describe it all in the book of Revelation, but words fail him - our words are inadequate to describe the wonder of what is waiting for us.
When you were baptized, the contract was signed, sealed, and delivered for you in Jesus' blood. His Absolution and Supper keep us firm in Jesus and His promise. So when the Last Day comes . . . I can't wait! What joy will be ours, and that is ours even now as we await that day, knowing that great day and great reward is coming. Because of Jesus. All His work. All His gift. All for you.
His servant and yours,