A Place for You • Devotion 1

Preparing for a Visit
Pastor Patrick Rowland

In the final moments Jesus has with the disciples, He has much to say and is very intentional with those words. The disciples, sensing something is about to happen to Jesus, were filled with anxiety, fear, and sadness. Yet, comforting them, Jesus tells them He will be leaving soon, but not to worry He will see them again.

John 14:2 says, “In my Father’s house are many rooms. If it were not so, would I have told you that I go to prepare a place for you?”

Some of my best memories as a child were traveling to see family. I have a large extended family on both sides, yet we did not live close to them. Multiple times a year we would go see them or they come to see us. It was always great seeing my cousins, grandparents, aunts, and uncles. There was never a feeling as if we were a burden, or they to us, on visits.

Rooms and beds would be prepared with fresh sheets. The fridge would be stocked and wonderful meals prepped. We would clean and straighten up. All day long I would ask my parents when our family would arrive. Once they did arrive, it was a celebration of days together, of course, until they had to leave. Saying goodbye would always include when we would see them next. We would have to hold on to that promise of seeing them again in the future.

For those who have faith and trust in Jesus, like the disciples, we are holding on to seeing Him. Even today we are promised that Jesus is preparing a special place for each of us. There is room in His Kingdom for you. I imagine Jesus asking the Father, when are “they” coming? I do not wish to rush my time on Earth, but I know when it is done there can be a celebration as I arrive in Heaven.

He is prepared for you, are you prepared to see Him?
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