Text: John 14:1-6
It’s always good to know the context of scriptures. Jesus Christ is speaking to his disciples. In a few hours he will be hanging on a cross and dead. In light of that reality, the Lord Jesus sets his disciples minds at ease with a confident look toward the future and glory. It is to give perspective to what these disciples have to wrap their minds around as they face the prospect of death.
Some day you will read in the papers that D.L. Moody of East Northfield, is dead. Don’t you believe a word of it! At that moment I shall be more alive than I am now; I shall have gone up higher, that is all, out of this old clay tenement into a house that is immortal- a body that death cannot touch, that sin cannot taint; a body fashioned like unto His glorious body. – Dwight Moody
Jesus Christ talks more about Hell than Heaven. Heaven is never talked about in the context of unbelievers, only Hell is.
Heaven is a comfort (vs 1)
- Nearly everyone wants to claim heaven as their home. “He’s in a better place” you’ll hear people say; not knowing whether that is even true. It’s simply said to comfort.
It is a comfort because Heaven is a place
- Heaven is a place, not a condition or a state of mind
- Romans 8:16-23 – Contrast suffering with glory – apples and oranges, not worthy to be compared with the glory
- Revelation 21:4, 7:16-17—no tears, sin, death…
- Revelation 22:3-5—no night, no curse
- Isaiah 65:17—no bad memories
- Physically described in Revelation 21:11-27
- 21:16—Size 12,000 furlongs (furlong = 1/8 mile) = 1500 miles length, width, height
- a single city that covers half the continental United States
- Height 5,462 Sears Towers stacked on each other
- Commercial jets fly about 6 miles above ground
- 21:18,21—Foundation of gold, streets of gold with gemstone garnishes inlaid in the foundations with the apostles names
- 21:17—the wall is about 250 feet high
- 21:21—pearly gates (maybe as tall as the wall?)
- Largest pearl on earth found is 9.5 inches long, oblong shaped, weighs 14 lbs and worth $40M ($500/grain)
- Many Mansions—John 14:2-3
- It is a prepared place for prepared people who have had their sins taken away by the blood of the Jesus Christ on calvary.
- It is a populated place
- It is a perfect place
- Fairness says so
- Faith says so
- Feeling says so
It is a comfort because Heaven is a promise (vs 3)
- If you were to die right now, are you 100% sure you would go to heaven? If you are not sure, it’s because you don’t believe Jesus Christ. If you are 100% sure, it’s because you do believe God.
- It is promised to those who receive Jesus Christ and trust him exclusively for their salvation.
It is a comfort because Heaven is knowable (vs 4)
- The way ye know…
- 1 John 5:13
- Do you believe God is a loving God?
- Do you believe a loving God would leave the most important questions in life unanswered?
- The reason heaven is a comfort to those who trust in Jesus Christ is because they KNOW where they are going.
- The reason Jesus Christ said Let not your heart be troubled is because of the assurance that things are going to get much much better.
It is a comfort because Heaven has only one road (vs 6)
- Since heaven is a place, then there is a way to get there
- Jesus Christ is the way.
- Not that they were baptized into the church.
- It is an offense to God for you to say you’ve been good enough.
- Are you going to heaven? Why? Well, I think I’m a good person. Verse 6 would read much differently if being a good person had something to do with it.
Heaven is a mystery to some (vs 5)
- Thomas was one who had a hard time believing if he didn’t see it. He, like many religious folks, had a hard time trusting the words of God.
- The only reason heaven is a question mark in your mind; the only reason you would say, “I hope I’m going there,” is because you don’t believe Jesus Christ.
- Every religious person I’ve ever met had the same doubt about going to heaven. The reason religious people have no idea where they are going when they die is because they’re trusting in the wrong things.