“In my father’s house…” (John 14:2).
Radio personality and financial advice-giver Dave Ramsey has a saying about debt that goes something like this: “Some people feel the same about debt as a baby does about a dirty diaper: sure, it stinks – but its warm, and its mine.”
That is not a pleasant picture. But it is accurate. A baby doesn’t know there is a better way to live; that is all she knows.
That is probably how most of us feel about this world. Sure, compared to heaven, it is the spiritual equivalent of a dirty diaper. But it’s what we know. It feels safe and familiar. It is home.
But I suspect our Lord never really felt that way. He was always comparing this world to another place. Even when he spoke of the spiritual kingdom that he was ushering in here and now, he would say, “To what can I compare the kingdom? What is it like?” Preparing people to think in kingdom ways must have been like trying to explain the Grand Canyon to someone who has never visited. You just have to experience it for yourself.
But he was also preparing people for life after this world is gone. How do you do that? To what do you compare it? How do you explain it? You can make some comparisons, but they all fall somewhat short.
So how do we know that heaven is so great? How do we know we’re going to feel “at home?”
It should be enough to consider what our Lord endured to return there. He told his disciples he was returning to his Father’s house and assured them that he would return and bring them back there as well (John 14:1-3). When he prayed in the Garden, the eyes of his heart were on home. He said, “And now, Father, glorify me in your own presence with the glory that I had with you before the world existed” (John 17:5).
In other words, “I want to go home.”
Our Lord has been to both places and his preference is clear.
That should be plenty enough for us.