A place to stay

My sisters and I often spent at least a week in the summer visiting our uncle and aunt’s home in Kentucky. My favorite pastime was riding my uncle’s tractor. I would spend hours just sitting on it, pretending I was off plowing the back forty acres.

By the time my sisters and I were teens, we knew not only the way to Kentucky, but also the way to our uncle and aunt’s house in Caldwell County. We knew it just as well as we knew where our home in Tennessee was.

Jesus said in his father’s house there are many places to stay (John 14:2). He knew where he was going. From what he said in verse four of John 14, it is clear he believed his disciples knew, too. He told them, “And you know the way I am going” (John 14:4 NASB).

Thomas said to Jesus that he didn’t know where the father’s house was, nor did he know the way to it (John 14:5). Jesus said that he himself is the way to the father (John 14:6). There is no other way to the father’s house except for Jesus’ way.

Later in the chapter, Jesus said, “If anyone loves me, he will keep my word; and my Father will love him, and we will come to him and make our abode with him” (John 14:23 NASB). Jesus is saying that if we keep his commands (John 14:15) he and the Father will come to us and we will all have a place to stay together forever. Such a blessed thought!

So many people struggle having a place to stay. My parents paid for their house for 30 years even though that house was much less expensive than homes are now. All of these earthly houses are temporary. We live in houses, and then we die. What then?

Wouldn’t it be wonderful to have an eternal place to stay with the Creator of the universe? But, there is only one way to get there. Have you obeyed the Lord’s commands?

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John Henson

Born in Nashville, Tennessee, John Henson has been a husband for 40 years and a preacher for about half that. He currently serves as the preacher for the Dibrell Church of Christ in McMinnville, Tennessee..

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