Summary: For all of those who are homesick for a better place, homecoming day is coming!
Scripture Reading: John 14:1-12
Every once in a while I get homesick. Does anyone here know anything about being homesick? The past few weeks I’ve got to admit I have been just a little homesick for Momma. This doesn’t happen very often – not that I don’t love my Momma, but I am just not that kind of guy who is a Momma’s boy. However, the last few weeks I’ve missed my Mother.
I remember a time when I was at Penn View (college), that I got depressed because I missed my mother waking me up every morning I telling me that “I was ugly and my Momma dressed me funny.” This was just something that my mother and I often joked around about. No one else really understands this when I tell them, but I got to missing my mother when I thought about this.
Well, this morning I want to tell you about a place that I am far more homesick for than I am for Ohio. Every once in a while, I get homesick for heaven! Yesterday as I was out visiting with some different people I just got to thinking about how homesick I was to meet Jesus face to face. I am looking forward to that day! I am looking forward to the time when I can bow before Him and praise His name forever! I am homesick for heaven this morning!
D.L. Moody said, “The thought of Heaven has cheered the soul of many believers. Some say that we are fools to believe in Heaven. But, to deny Heaven is to deny Jesus, for He came from Heaven, it is to place our departed loved ones in the cold dark grave, it is to deprive millions of Christians of the greatest hope they have. To deny Heaven is equal to murder for it kills hope, to thievery for it robs joy, to slander because it calls God a liar.” Today, I would like to state for the record that I believe in heaven!
We live in a world that does not offer the child of God much hope or encouragement. With sin, crime and ungodliness abounding everywhere, it is easy to become discouraged, disillusioned and disappointed. That is why it is important for us to remember where we are going!
Allow me to remind you that this world is not our home and that we are just passing through. Philippians 3:20-21 says, “For our citizenship is in heaven, from which we also eagerly wait for the Savior, the Lord Jesus Christ, who will transform our lowly body that it may be conformed to His glorious body, according to the working by which He is able even to subdue all things to Himself.”
Homecoming day is coming! This morning I want to talk to you about heaven for just a little while from this passage of Scripture in John 14.
I. The Promise of Heaven (v. 1-2)
Jesus said, “Let not your heart be troubled: ye believe in God, believe also in me. In my Father’s house are many mansions; if it were not so, I would have told I go to prepare a place for you.” Jesus has promised heaven to those who follow Him! Heaven is a reality this morning! Jesus said so, and that is good enough for me! According to one poll I read recently, 78% of Americans believe in heaven. Well, I am glad to tell you, whether you believe it or not there is a place called heaven for those who are Christians!