Summary: Jesus has promised us a future with Him.
Title: Heaven- According To Jesus
Text: John 14.1-4
CT: Jesus has promised us a future with Him.
FAS: Imagine you have two women of the same age, the same socioeconomic status, the same educational level, and even the same temperament. You hire both of them and say to each, "You are part of an assembly line, and I want you to put part A into slot B and then hand what you have assembled to someone else. I want you to do that over and over for eight hours a day." You put them in identical rooms with identical lighting, temperature, and ventilation. You give them the very same number of breaks in a day.
It is very boring work. Their conditions are the same in every way—except for one difference. You tell the first woman that at the end of the year you will pay her thirty thousand dollars, and you tell the second woman that at the end of the year you will pay her thirty million.
After a couple of weeks the first woman will be saying, "Isn't this tedious? Isn't it driving you insane? Aren't you thinking about quitting?" And the second woman will say. "No. This is perfectly acceptable. In fact, I whistle while I work."
What is going on? You have two human beings who are experiencing identical circumstances in radically different ways. What makes the difference? It is their expectation of the future. This illustration is not intended to say that all we need is a good income. It does, however, show that what we believe about our future completely controls how we are experiencing our present. We are irreducibly hope-based creatures.
Tim Keller, Making Sense of God (Viking, 2016), page 153
LS: Doesn’t how we view our future color how we live today? As followers of Jesus we believe there is a heaven. We believe this because Jesus tells us so.
Jesus was reclining at the Passover table with trusted disciples. The one he couldn’t trust, Judas, had already left. That was OK though since what we are about to hear Jesus say probably didn’t apply to Judas.
At this point Jesus knew he was about to die and his time had come. Tomorrow he would be crucified on a cross. Tonight he had to prepare his disciples for what was about to take place.
In John 13.1-17 Jesus had already shown them about being a servant by washing their feet. He showed them with a towel how they should treat one another.
But then he lays the big issue that is going to rock their world and is still rocking the world today. He says in John 13.33, “My children, I will be with you only a little longer. You will look for me, and just as I told the Jews, so I tell you now: Where I am going, you cannot come.
The disciples became distraught. They were fearful and their hearts were gripped with despair. They looked to Jesus for some sense of hope in this seemingly hopeless situation.
Don’t we need that too? Aren’t we often found in hopeless situations? Don’t we need to hear words of hope and encouragement still today?
What Jesus says to the disciples does still apply to us.
Jesus looks at the confused and worried disciples. I have to believe he had a calm about him, as he was about to give them back their hope and sense of assurance.