Summary: Before Christ would go to the Cross, he brought words of comfort to his disciples. He reminded them of his flag, his family, and his faith.
“The Green Green Grass of Home”
Introduction: Someone sent me a picture that is the center frame for this message. It was a photograph of an American soldier in Iraq. He was kneeling in front of his tent, trimming a small piece of grass that he had grown on the dessert floor. Apparently, he had requested from his wife that she send him some grass seed, soil, and fertilizer. She did. Now that the small piece of grass has been grown, this soldiers comrades have begun a tradition to walk upon this sacred grass before heading out on a mission. It reminds them of why they are fighting. It reminds them of home.
Jesus had just mentioned that he would be departing from his disciple by way of the cross. The disciples very deeply troubled. So Jesus gave them the following message:
Words of comfort…
1. Let me tell you about my flag…
Jesus began talking about home. Much like the soldier in the photograph, Jesus wanted to visit thoughts of home before he would begin his mission of bearing our sins at the cross.
Three things about my homeland:
1. My homeland is beautiful.
I believe that when Jesus began talking about mansions in Heaven, he was talking about mansions in Heaven. When I read through the Book of Revelation, there is no doubt in my mind that Heaven is going to be a beautiful place.
My wife and I are taking in a high school foreign exchange student from South Korea this year. Before Sung Kwang Kim came to us, we would email back and forth. Sung, wanted to know all about the beauty of America. Jesus, in much the same way, wanted his disciples to know how beautiful Heaven was going to be.
2. My homeland is under construction.
Jesus said, I go and prepare a place for you. Jesus would do that by dying for us on the cross. But I also believe that Heaven is a place under construction. God can only build our mansions with the material send on ahead? Are you laying up treasure in Heaven?
3. My homeland is a land of peace.
It is called the Father’s house. Satan is the god of this world. Much like our soldiers in Iraq, we too are in a baron wilderness of a world. In Heaven the Father has everything under his complete control. Everything is guided by his will. Heaven is a land of peace.
2. Let me tell you about my family…
Three things about the family of Christ:
1. About God the Father…
Sung Kwang Kim wanted me to email him pictures of my family. He wanted to know all about my sons and daughters, and grand children.
Jesus wanted his disciple to know all about his family in Heaven. He begins by talking about his father in Heaven. Jesus said that he was speaking the words that his father had given to him, and that his power for the miracles that he performed was from the power given to him by the Father.
2. About God the Son…
Jesus is God the Son. Anyone who doubts the deity of Christ, has not yet come into an understanding of John 14. Jesus is the visible of the trinity. He is God in the flesh. He told Philip, if you have seen me, you have seen the Father. And that, the only way to see the Father was through him!