Tuesday, April 7, 2020

As We Enter Holy Week

John 14:
1“Let not your heart be troubled; you believe in God, believe also in Me. 2In 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. 3And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again and receive you to Myself; that where I am, there you may be also. 4And where I go you know, and the way you know.”

Jesus was talking to His disciples at the Last Supper.
He was trying to give them a heads up as to what was about to transpire.
What he was preparing for them. Where He was going.

Many people have preached (praught?) about those mansions.
Sing about them as if Jesus was talking about our heavenly dwelling:

"Mansion" in the King James came from the French word for "dwelling place".
It does not imply wealth.

It actually implies a room attached to a building like a spare bedroom.

Jesus was about to demonstrate the total irrelevancy of the Herod Temple by having it's curtain torn top to bottom during His Crucifixion.

The Temple was supposed to be the Dwelling Place of the Most High!
Where was He to dwell now on the earth?

In us.
And where were we to dwell?

In Him.

And he was going to prepare that place. The body of Christ. The "Church".

Ephesians 2
19Now, therefore, you are no longer strangers and foreigners, but fellow citizens with the saints and members of the household of God, 20having been built on the foundation of the apostles and prophets, Jesus Christ Himself being the chief cornerstone, 21in whom the whole building, being fitted together, grows into a holy temple in the Lord22in whom you also are being built together for a dwelling place of God in the Spirit.

1 Peter 2
4Coming to Him as to a living stone, rejected indeed by men, but chosen by God and precious, 5you also, as living stones, are being built up a spiritual house, a holy priesthood, to offer up spiritual sacrifices acceptable to God through Jesus Christ.

Why would you be satisfied with Just A Cottage Below?

And He is willing to clean up the room.
You are the room.

He is willing to clean up your life.
God knows, you can't.

You certainly couldn't do the job at it He can.

All you have to do is ask Him to.
Ask Him to get rid of that junk in your life that's killing you.

He doesn't kill you for offending Him.
That's Mercy.

He gives you stuff you could never deserve or imagine.
That's Grace.

Remember Charley In Willy Wonka? He thought he was getting a Golden Ticket, a lifetime supply of chocolate.

He repented of his "sin" and was given the kingdom!

My God is an Awesome God! Awesome!

My prayer this that you take advantage of the Life he gives.
Dwell in Him. Let Him dwell in you!

Revelation 3
'Behold, I stand at the door and knock; if anyone hears My voice and opens the door, I will come in to him and will dine with him, and he with Me.
How can you resist?