John 14: 1-3
We recently visited an aged brother at a care home, and such a wonderful visit we had with him! He spoke of the coming of the Lord and quoted Thessalonians. I was just struck by that and thought, ’Am I ready for the Lord to come?’. He was: you could see it as we spoke. He was very bright and it was encouraging, to me at least, to see a brother who was over 90 so confident and able to say without any doubt that the Lord is coming.
I thought that was a challenge to myself, especially, and maybe to the brethren, to have a sense of what the Lord says here, “Let not your heart be troubled”. It was a time when the disciples knew He was going to leave, and He speaks to them to comfort them. Am I in a right position in this life? Am I comfortable? I have to wonder about that. Is my life easy enough as it is, so that I am not concerned whether I am ready to be in the presence of the Lord? He speaks of the Father’s house: the Father’s house is our home. The Lord says, “In my Father’s house there are many abodes”. I was impressed with the hymn that we began with. It says,
Soon shall we see Thee as Thou art
Is that not a wonderful prospect for the believer? Of course, we should be concerned about the way we live and things in the world, but should we not be more concerned with the coming of the Lord? If He tarries, yet we will meet Him in the air; and that is what our brother said. It was such a wonderful uplifting time for me. I just thought the exercise should be, at least on my side, to be more concerned about the Lord’s coming.
And there is no doubt. He says, “I go to prepare you a place; and if I go and shall prepare you a place, I am coming again”. It says of the disciples in the first chapter of Acts, “as they were gazing into heaven … two men … said, … This Jesus who has been taken up from you into heaven, shall thus come in the manner in which ye have beheld him going into heaven”, v 10, 11. That was a comfort to the disciples and should be a comfort to us. It is the Lord’s word. He is faithful; so He says, “I am coming again”. We should be clear of conscience, and our affections should be stirred to the point where we would desire the Lord to come. We would desire the Lord to come to us. We know that He comes to us, but He says, “I am coming again and shall receive you to myself”. So He wants us to be there with Him. Is that not a wonderful thing, to be with the Lord of glory, the One who came and gave Himself for you and for me at the cross, and took on all my sins, so that God has said He will not remember them any more, Jer 31: 34; Heb 8: 12? My sins are forgiven. I should be at rest in His presence. Am I ready?
That is my exercise, dear brethren, just to touch our hearts as to the matter of the Lord coming. He says, “I am coming again and shall receive you to myself”. Am I happy? I should be happy. I will be joyful. It should be a comfort to me to know that the Lord is coming again, and we can trust in His word. His word is faithful. He says, “that where I am ye also may be”. So we again remember that He went into death for us. It was something that He did considering for His own and, as a result of that, He has us in His heart, and He wants us to be with Him. “I go to prepare you a place; and if I go and shall prepare you a place, I am coming again and shall receive you to myself, that where I am ye also may be”.
This is just a thought, dear brethren, to encourage our hearts together that we should not be settling down here. Abraham waited for a city; he could see the foundations of another city and another world, Heb 11: 10.
May it be so, for His Name’s sake!
7th January 2014