A Place for You

Stan Mast

READ : John 14:1-6

I am going there to prepare a place for you. (v. 2 NIV)

The Son of God left the throne room of heaven precisely for those who think there’s no room for them there because there’s no room for them on earth. As he prepared to head back to that throne room by way of the cross, he spoke these deeply comforting words.

What can they mean? If heaven is a perfect place, how can he prepare a place there? Think of heaven as an immense luxury condo project. There’s a condo there with my name on the door. Inside everything is perfect, but incomplete—no carpet, or furniture, or decorations, or anything that marks that place as uniquely mine. Of course, that’s just an analogy. But it’s a way of saying that when we arrive, we will exclaim, “This is the place I’ve always longed for!” What a promise for homeless sinners!

Jesus knew we would struggle to believe that promise, because it often seems there is no room for us here. So, on that same night he spread a table and said, “Come. There is room at my table for you.” There’s just one qualification for that meal, one ticket to the banquet, one way home. We have to make room in our hearts for Jesus.

PRAYER

“Thou didst leave thy throne and thy kingly crown when thou camest to earth for me. But in Bethlehem’s home there was found no room for thy holy nativity. O come to my heart, Lord Jesus, there is room in my heart for thee.” Amen.