GET TOGETHER– Won’t It Be Wonderful There.
Joh 14:1 -6 “Let not your heart be troubled; you believe in God, believe also in Me. “In 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. “And 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.”
As I began to write this the Holy Spirit brought before me the title of a song that we sang at what is now Bethlehem church. That was the first church that we ever Pastored. In that song it talks about the joys of not having any burdens and the joys of Heaven.
A couple of weeks ago we went to Fort Morgan for a few days at the beach. J.J. had rented us a wonderful cottage to stay in for those four days. There were several other cottages near us. There was a little lake right behind us with a fountain in the middle and water was continuously running and making a soothing relaxing sound.
One morning as J.J. and I were sitting out there having our quiet time with the Lord I was reminded of Jesus promise that in our Father’s house are many mansions. I was thinking that if there was one of those cottages like that up there for us how wonderful that would be. Everything seemed to be so peaceful there where we were staying.
Then I got to thinking about how great that it would be. We could go visit my mother and daddy one day. We could go visit my brother one day. We could go visit J.J.’s Mom. I have two grandmothers there. One of them I have never met. There will be so many friends that I would like to see again. I would like to tell the woman that was caught in adultery how her being forgiven by Jesus helped me to know that I could be forgiven for the many sins that I have committed. And then most of all I thought about seeing Jesus and touching His nail scarred hands.
Well, we know that as wonderful as vacations are they are not perfect. So as special as that time was for us at the beach it was not perfect. There were wars being fought in the world. Children had been murdered two days earlier in Uvalde Texas. Gas prices kept rising and are still rising. I am sure that you can add some unpleasant and some horrendous things that are taking place in our world at the same time as well.
With all that Jesus tells us to not let our hearts be troubled. He tells us to believe in God and to believe in Him. There are times that the evil one would try to convince us that there is no answer for the troubled heart. The enemy has done a good job of convincing a lot of people that God either does not exist, or that the God of the Bible isn’t God.
But we believers in Jesus Christ we know that He is God. We know that He is faithful to what He has promised. He has promised us that He will come again. He promises that He will receive us unto Himself. And that we will be with Him forever and ever.
When we go on vacation sometimes it takes me a day to get relaxed and to get into vacation mode. When we go to be with Him, we won’t have that problem. The apostle Paul tells us in 2Co 5:8 We are confident, yes, well pleased rather to be absent from the body and to be present with the Lord. When we are with Him, He will help us to make the adjustment real quick, kind of like in the twinkling of an eye.
Another thing that happens with me when I get into vacation mode, is that I get into counting down how many days until we must go back. When we get there, we won’t have that problem. Jesus said that we would be with Him always. As a matter of fact, we won’t have any problems and yes, we will be there forever and ever! The apostle John wrote about this in Revelation 22:3 -5: “And there shall be no more curse, but the throne of God and of the Lamb shall be in it, and His servants shall serve Him. They shall see His face, and His name shall be on their foreheads. There shall be no night there: They need no lamp nor light of the sun, for the Lord God gives them light. And they shall reign forever and ever.”
There are a few different routes that you can take to get to the beach from Hamilton, Alabama. We went down I-65 through Montgomery, got on I-10 just past Bay Minette. We then got on the Baldwin Beach express for several miles before taking a couple of other roads to get us to our destination. We came back a different route. We came back on US 45 going through Mississippi. So there is definitely more than one way to get to the beach from Hamilton, Alabama.
However, there is only one route that you and I, or anyone else can take to live in Heaven forever and ever and to be reunited with those that are in Christ. Jesus in this same chapter had this to say when Thomas one of his disciples ask Him this question and He gave Him the answer. In John 14:5,6 Jesus answers Thomas question :Thomas said to Him, “Lord, we do not know where You are going, and how can we know the way? “Jesus said to him, “I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through Me.
Friends and brothers and sisters in Christ that J.J. and I love so much. We are looking forward to spending so much time with you in the presence of the Lord one day. Many of you time and distance does not allow us to get together like I would like to. For those of you who have put your faith in Jesus Christ rejoice and look forward to that time as you serve the Lord here on earth until that time comes.
On the other hand, if you are reading this and you have never put your faith in the Lord Jesus Christ to save you from your sins. Please understand that it is only by repenting of our sins and putting our faith in His precious Blood that we can live forever in the presence of our Lord Jesus Christ and be reunited with those that are in Christ again in Heaven. I want to see you there. Here is a line from that old song that the title of this message comes from.
When with the savior we enter the glory land
Won’t it be wonderful there
Ended the troubles and cares of the story land
Won’t it be wonderful there? (Songwriters: Alexander Olson / Jason Esdale / John Lee Smith / Ray Riddle
Won’t It Be Wonderful There? lyrics © Sony/ATV Music Publishing LLC)
It is going to be good!!!!
Let us Pray
Lord Jesus, we thank you for paying the price for us to be able to live with you in Heaven forever and ever. May all that read this one day live with you in heaven forever and ever.
In Jesus Name
Love you all
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