The Promise of Discipleship: A Heavenly Reunion
In my Father’s house are many rooms; if it were not so, I would have told you. I am going there to prepare a place for you. And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come back and take you to be with me that you also may be where I am.
Home. That’s where we’re going. There Jesus is preparing a special place for us in the Father’s house. There we will join the jubilant multitude of the redeemed from every age. There we will meet Jesus face to face. There we will spend eternity with our Savior. What a reunion that will be!
To the Christ follower, nothing could be more thrilling than the prospect of being welcomed into our heavenly home by Christ himself. But this is more than a hopeful prospect. It’s as certain as anything we know. On Christ’s promise, we will reach our destination. Until then, we press on in hopeful expectation, because “Here we do not have an enduring city, but we are looking for the city that is to come” (Hebrews 13:14). Or, as the apostle Paul put it, “Our citizenship is in heaven. And we eagerly await a Savior from there, the Lord Jesus Christ” (Philippians 3:20).
E. M. Bounds says,
To the true Christian, heaven is not a mere sentiment, or poetry, or dreamland, but real solid and abiding granite in strength, home-drawing in sweetness and influence. . . . What does God think of us who have no sighings for heaven, no longings for it; earth, earthly, earthened? God’s throne is in heaven. His power, person and glory are preeminently there. Does God attract and hold us? Then heaven attracts and holds. Do we thirst after God?
John Donne once wrote, “No man ever saw God and lived; and yet, I shall not live till I see God; and when I have seen him I shall never die.” This is the hope and destiny of every disciple of Jesus.
Soon will our Savior from Heaven appear,
Sweet is the hope and its power to cheer;
All will be changed by a glimpse of His face;
This is the goal at the end of our race.
—Ada R. Habershon
E. M. Bounds, Heaven: A Place—A City—A Home (NY: Fleming H. Revell, 1921), 108-109.
John Donne, Donne’s Sermons: Selected Passages With an Essay by Logan Pearsall Smith (Oxford: Clarendon Press, 1919), 224.