I. Our attitudes concerning this homecoming? (vs. 1)
John 14:27 Peace I leave with you, my peace I give unto you: not as the world giveth, give I unto you. Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid.
John 16:22 And ye now therefore have sorrow: but I will see you again, and your heart shall rejoice, and your joy no man taketh from you.
II. What are the attributes of this homecoming? (vs. 2)
It will have mansions.
Revelation 21, 22
No more sea 21:1
No more tears, death, sorrow pain or crying 21:4
No more sinners 21:8; 20:14, 15
No More sun or moon 21:23, 22:5
No more sin 21:27; 2 Peter 3:13 Nevertheless we, according to his promise, look for new heavens and a new earth, wherein dwelleth righteousness.
No more disease or injuries 22:2; Jeremiah 30:17 For I will restore health unto thee, and I will heal thee of thy wounds, saith the LORD; because they called thee an Outcast, saying, This is Zion, whom no man seeketh after.
Isaiah 35:3-6 Strengthen ye the weak hands, and confirm the feeble knees. Say to them that are of a fearful heart, Be strong, fear not: behold, your God will Then the eyes of the blind shall be opened, and the ears of the deaf shall be unstopped. Then shall the lame man leap as an hart, and the tongue of the dumb sing: for in the wilderness shall waters break out, and streams in the desert.
No more curse 22:3
Unending water of life 22:1, 6, 22
Unimaginable beauty 1 Corinthians 2:9 But as it is written, Eye hath not seen, nor ear heard, neither have entered into the heart of man, the things which God hath prepared for them that love him.
Untold wealth 21:18-21
Unending light 21:23
Unending fruit from the tree of life 22:2
Unceasing service to God 22:3
Unending reign 22:5
III. The assurance of this homecoming. (vs. 3)
1 John 5:13 These things have I written unto you that believe on the name of the Son of God; that ye may know that ye have eternal life...
A. We have God's Word concerning eternal life.
1 John 1:4 And these things write we unto you, that your joy may be full.
1 John 2:1 My little children, these things write I unto you, that ye sin not. And if any man sin, we have an advocate with the Father, Jesus Christ the righteous:
1 John 2:25 And this is the promise that he hath promised us, [even] eternal life.
John 20:31 But these are written, that ye might believe that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of God; and that believing ye might have life through his name.
B. God cannot lie.
Numbers 23:19 God [is] not a man, that he should lie...
Deuteronomy 32:4 [He is] the Rock, his work [is] perfect: for all his ways [are] judgment: a God of truth and without iniquity, just and right [is] he.
Psalm 146:6 Which made heaven, and earth, the sea, and all that therein [is]: which keepeth truth for ever:
1 Thessalonians 2:13 For this cause also thank we God without ceasing, because, when ye received the word of God which ye heard of us, ye received [it] not [as] the word of men, but as it is in truth, the word of God, which effectually worketh also in you that believe.