Countless mourners have been comforted by these precious words when standing over the grave of a dearly departed loved one. Farewell is not forever. 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 unto myself; that where I am, there ye may be also. There are of course countless people going through unimaginable suffering for the name and cause of Christ.
We hear of people being shunned, ex-communicated because of their faith in the Son of God. Then there are those who are tortured in an attempt to make them renounce their faith, while others are silenced through martyrdom.
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Most people reading this will know nothing of these dreadful things happen to us but still we suffer in another way. Words like those above spoken by the Lord Jesus Himself bring hope, comfort and cheer to the long and dreary pathway.
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And perhaps because we are Christians we do not feel that we are at liberty to work all hours under the sun for bricks and mortar or for a promotion. We do not appear to progress like others do and are left behind while our colleagues, neighbours, family or church family members forge ahead in this roller coaster thing called life! The Bible tells us: " This is not your rest Here have we no continuing city, but we seek one to come. Where did the joy go that filled the soul when first we trusted the Lord Jesus?
What happened to our first love? So many things have got in the way, demanding our time and our valuable resources and somehow the days have turned into weeks or months or maybe even years and we have forgotten who we really are!
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The promise of His coming regulates the way we live our lives and gives to us a desire to be occupied with that which is pleasing to Him. Remember, other people are watching and their lives are affected by what they see in ours. What is our attitude towards fellow believers? Has something been left undone? Have we left a problem to fester in the hope that the passing of time will erase it? How dreadful it would be at that time for both the Lord and His people to suddenly be in His presence with unresolved issues with those whom He has commanded us to love!
The promise of His coming sobers our thoughts and produces faithful and positive actions. Who in all honesty in that soon coming day wouldn't prefer to hear our beloved Lord saying to us: "well done, thou good and faithful servant Two women shall be grinding at the mill; the one shall be taken, and the other left. Watch therefore: for ye know not what hour your Lord doth come. But know this, that if the goodman of the house had known in what watch the thief would come, he would have watched, and would not have suffered his house to be broken up.
Therefore be ye also ready: for in such an hour as ye think not the Son of man cometh.
Knowledge of the imminent coming of the Lord Jesus is ludicrous to people who have no fear of God. However among the vast majority of unbelievers there will be a soul here and a soul there that will feel uneasy about the reality of the coming of the Lord Jesus. She knew what He liked and loved. She knew who He really was. She knew the reason why He had come. Knowing Him the way she did gave her the courage to demonstrate her love for Him in this extravagant manner without feeling intimidated by the opinions of others.
Knowing Him the way she did gave her serenity in time of sorrow and caused her to behave in a manner that made it easy for others to believe in Him also:. Less than a week after this incident there was another who did have a hundred pounds weight of ointment to give to the Lord. He was in a position to do so but had to make a sacrifice of a very different sort altogether.
Nicodemus, the same man who had earlier come to Jesus in the night had learned a thing or two from the Lord Himself in those precious hours when there was nobody else around to disturb and distract. Like Mary who had waited for the right moment to offer her gift, so had Nicodemus.
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Just after the death of Christ on the cross Nicodemus was ready to anoint that precious body with the fragrant ointment far in excess of what was ever needed, but Nicodemus knew how worthy His beloved Lord Jesus was of such a gift. If he only had more he would have gladly given it all without reserve.
It was because he knew His Lord so well. Who, by the way was another extravagant giver! In the dark of the night in the garden of Gethsemane where Jesus and His disciples were, there came a band of soldiers. They had come to take away the Lord for an illegal trial under the instructions of the priests and elders. They had sought for a long time to silence this Man and now the opportunity was theirs thanks to Judas who led them to where he knew the Lord often resorted. Why would they do such a thing and go to all this trouble? Perhaps they were prepared for a scuffle or last ditch attempt of Jesus to save Himself from inevitable fatality.
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Of course from our standpoint, we know that never happened. There was no scuffle and He went peacefully much to their surprise. Why was that? Why do we sometimes over prepare for imagined eventualities, only to find that for which we thought we were prepared never happened. Is it because we are fearful and perhaps unbelieving? Have you ever noticed that the fears we imagine never embrace the reality of the presence of God in our lives?
We spend our money, we give our time and worry ourselves to distraction and all because we have lost sight of the Lord Himself. Let us remember that the Lord whom we so often neglect is a cheerful giver Himself. In fact He gives to such excess we would perhaps think He was being wasteful, humanly speaking. Think of the stars in the night sky, a sunset, countless little bluebells on the forest floor bed, snowflakes, birdsong, water, autumn leaves; the list is endless. Then there are the spiritual benefits for the believer like being loved by God and forgiven, being accepted by God in Christ, the certainty of His promised presence with us all the time, the assurance of a home in heaven all because He loved without reserve and regret and proved it when He gave Himself and became our substitute, dying to take away our sin.
Have you noticed our friends that were mentioned earlier were a bit like the Lord they loved in their giving? Without even noticing they were mimicking His ways when they gave the way they did. Perhaps we then could utter as the hymn writer wrote:. 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 unto myself; that where I am, there ye may be also. It is in the scriptures and in our hearts.
But our hearts rejoice in its personal nature. The Lord Himself will come and sweep us from our trials to Himself. Robert E. Surgenor How bright that blessed hope!