Summary: Jesus died so we could have "land" in heaven.
Building Your Eternal Dream Home Series
Getting a Piece of Land in Heaven
Jan. 6, 2008 FBC, Chester Mike Fogerson, Pastor
A Today, one of the ways to get land is for someone to leave it to you in their will (family member).
1 Someone has to die to give you land
2 Jesus died so you & I could have "land" in heaven
B Jesus talked about heaven as a real place (not a figment of imagination).
1 Heaven is the place where God dwells, & where Jesus sits today at the right hand of the Father.
2 Heaven is described as...
c A country But as it is, they desire a better country, that is, a heavenly one. Therefore God is not ashamed to be called their God; for He has prepared a city for them. Heb 11:16 (NASB)
d A city (Heb. 11:16)
C Do not let your heart be troubled; believe in God, believe also in Me. 2 "In My Father’s house are many dwelling places; if it were not so, I would have told you; for I go to prepare a place for you. 3 "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. 4 "And you know the way where I am going." 5 Thomas said* to Him, "Lord, we do not know where You are going, how do we know the way?" 6 Jesus said* to him, "I am the way, and the truth, and the life; no one comes to the Father but through Me. John 14:1-6 (quickview)  (NASB)
I Heaven is a real place
A When we read Jesus’ talking about heaven, He’s not speculating what heaven is like (He’s talking in certainties).
1 When I tell you about Odin (my hometown) I’m not speculating on what Odin is like.
a I know every alley, house, shop, driveway, street, home, who lives where, what happened where...it’s my hometown.
b Heaven is Jesus’ hometown (not Galilee, Nazareth, or Bethlehem).
2 There are many dwelling places (NASB), mansions (KJV), rooms (NIV) in the Father’s house.
a There’s a place for us to stay, & there’s plenty of rooms.
b Some folks believe (perhaps in error) that faithful saints get mansions, and worldly saints get little cottages or shacks.
c If Jesus had prepared you a place, it’s beautiful!
B D.L. Moody preached his last crusade on Nov. 16, 1899, got sick & returned to his home in Northfield, IL. On Nov. 19 he climbed the steps to his room...never to leave it again (congestive heart failure).
1 Dec. 22, Moody is surrounded by family with son Will at his side: "I see Earth receding, heaven is approaching, God is calling me."