Saturday, November 24, 2012

The Terms of The New Covenant Part 6 – Jesus’ Return

Do not let your hearts be troubled. You believe in God; believe also in me. My Father’s house has many rooms; if that were not so, would I have told you that 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. John 14:1-3

So far we have looked at the 5 terms of the New Covenant which are our responsibility: to love one another; to come to the Father through Jesus; to love Jesus; to remain (abide) in Jesus; and to tell others about Jesus.

Though these may not always be easy, they are not complicated. They are simple enough for a child to understand. It is beautiful that the Christian faith is not about keeping a specific set of rules and regulations which are onerous or burdensome. They will all flow from love for Him.

So now we come to the first thing Jesus says He will do for us.

Coming Back
Much of the New Testament makes reference to Jesus coming again for His church and that is surely past of what He is referring to in this passage from John's Gospel. Whereas followers of other religions are not offered the certainty of heaven by their faith, Christians have the promise of Jesus, not only that we will be with Him in heaven, but also that He is preparing it for us.

I find it staggering that almighty God should accommodate His home to suit us. That is love.

Tender Care
But this love is also extended to us at our greatest point of weakness - the time of our death. These words of Jesus don't simply speak of a time, possibly long distant, when He rends the heavens and comes down. They also declare that as we leave this life He will come to us to escort us Home.

We need not fear the moment of death because we will not be making the journey alone. Jesus Himself will come to us personally and take us to be with Him and the Father forever.

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