Summary: Our home in heaven
“A Place For Us”
David P. Nolte
There are many elaborate, ornate, huge mansions around the world; for
example: the Pittock Mansion The Hearst Mansion
Graceland Mansion J.D. Rockefeller mansion
All of these, however ornate, costly, extravagant and famous will turn to
rubble. Here today, gone tomorrow.
We have all seen houses drop into the sea when the rains and winds and
tides erode the foundations. We have seen million dollar homes go up in
flames. Some have been flattened by hurricanes or earthquakes.
Just living in a mansion does not guarantee a happy or healthy life. Some
of the worst crimes have been committed in a mansion.
But there is good news. We can have an indestructible mansion. Jesus
said, “Let not your heart be troubled; you believe in God, believe also in
Me. 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 to Myself; that where
I am, there you may be also. And where I go you know, and the way you
know." Thomas said to Him, "Lord, we do not know where You are
going, and how can we know the way?" Jesus said to him, "I am the way,
the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through Me.
If you had known Me, you would have known My Father also; and from
now on you know Him and have seen Him." Philip said to Him, "Lord,
show us the Father, and it is sufficient for us." Jesus said to him, "Have
I been with you so long, and yet you have not known Me, Philip? He who
has seen Me has seen the Father; so how can you say, 'Show us the
Father'?” John 14:1-9 (NKJV).
The theme, if you have missed it, is “Mansions” When we consider the
mansions to which Jesus refers, there are some truths we ought to know.
I. OUR MANSION WILL BE A PREPARED PLACE:
A. “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.”
1. Jesus Himself is preparing it. We will for sure enjoy it
because He has us in mind while the preparation is
2. And we can be confident He will do it! He would not
kid us or have us cherish a pipe dream, or indulge a vain
B. The song reminded us of the certainty of our future prepared
“In my father's house are many mansions.
If it were not true He would have told me so.
He has gone away to live in that bright city;
He's preparing me a mansion there I know.”
C. It is a prepared place for prepared people. As Matthew Henry
commented, “If He has prepared the place for us, He will
prepare us for it, and in due time put us in possession of it.”
1. Prepared people are believing people: Jesus said, “You
believe in God, believe also in Me.”
2. Prepared people are those who know Jesus, “Philip said
to Him, ‘Lord, show us the Father, and it is sufficient
for us.’ Jesus said to him, ‘Have I been with you so
long, and yet you have not known Me, Philip?’” John
informs us, “By this we know that we have come to
know Him, if we keep His commandments. The one
who says, ‘I have come to know Him,’ and does not
keep His commandments, is a liar, and the truth is not in
him.” 1 John 2:3-4 (NASB).
3. Prepared people are those who are bonded to Jesus by
faith: He said, “No one comes to the Father except
through Me.” To come through Him we must be in Him
and He in us! How do we get in Christ?
a. Paul said, “Or do you not know that all of us who
have been baptized into Christ Jesus have been
baptized into His death? Therefore we have been
buried with Him through baptism into death, so
that as Christ was raised from the dead through the
glory of the Father, so we too might walk in
newness of life.” Romans 6:3-4 (NASB).
b. “For all of you who were baptized into Christ
have clothed yourselves with Christ.” Galatians
c. “Because of Christ and our faith in Him, we can
now come boldly and confidently into God’s
presence.” Ephesians 3:12 (NLT).
D. Marlene likes a prepared place at home. When we are
expecting company, she is hustle-bustling to get the place
prepared: no shoes in the living room; no dishes in the sink,