LENT Day 27 – Home

There is plenty of room for you in my Father’s home.  – John 14

Isn’t it ironic that I am sitting here at my dining room table typing these words today.  Home is where I am and home is where I will be for the foreseeable future.  And today I write about the John 14 story, “The Road” and relate it to home.  Crazy times these are!

“Don’t let this throw you.  You trust God, don’t you?  Trust me.  There is plenty of room for you in my Father’s home.  If that weren’t so, would I have told you that I’m on my way to get a room ready for you?  And if I’m on my way to get your room ready, I’ll come back and get you so you can live where I live.  And you already know the road I’m taking.”

I’m not sure about you, but this is one of the reason’s I love Easter so much.  I read this as Jesus is talking to me personally.  I can’t let what happens in this world sway my trust in the Lord.  I must trust in my faith.  Jesus went to that cross just so that he could prepare the way for me when it’s my time.  Jesus home is my home.  That means there is a place for me and I take comfort in that sacrifice.  That is the truest act of love.

Thomas said, “Master, we have no idea where you’re going.  How do you expect us to know the road?”

Jesus said, “I am the Road, also the Truth, also the Life.  No one gets to the Father apart from me.  If you really knew me, you would know my Father as well.  From now on, you do know him.  You’ve seen him!”

I was walking our dogs alongside my son this afternoon.  We were enjoying the beautiful sunshine and the warm temperature.  We were talking and forgetting about the pandemic for a little while.  It was then I realized home isn’t a physical place.  It’s where your heart feels at peace.  On earth I know that my home is wherever my family is.  More than that I know that my home is wherever God is.  Jesus made sure of that.

Philip said, “Master, show us the Father; then we’ll be content.”

“You’ve been with me all this time, Philip, and you still don’t understand?  To see me is to see the Father.  So how can you ask, ‘Where is the Father?’ Don’t you believe that I am in the Father and the Father is in me?  The words that I speak to you aren’t mere words.  I don’t just make them up on my own.  The Father who resides in me crafts each word into a divine act.  

“Believe me:  I am in my Father and my Father is in me.  If you can’t believe that, believe what you see – these works.  The person who trusts me will not only do what I’m doing but even greater things, because I, on my way to the Father, am giving you the same work to do that I’ve been doing.  You can count on it.  From now on, whatever you request along the lines of who I am and what I am doing, I’ll do it.  That’s how the Father will be seen for who he is in the Son.  I mean it.  Whatever you request in this way, I’ll do.

Today take a few deep cleansing breaths.  Fill your heart with the Spirit of God and thank him for his never ending love.  Let your faith lead you down the road of your life and know that all roads lead home, to God.

STUDY – John 14 (The Road) – The Message Bible
“Don’t let this throw you.  You trust God, don’t you?  Trust me.  There is plenty of room for you in my Father’s home.  If that weren’t so, would I have told you that I’m on my way to get a room ready for you?  And if I’m on my way to get your room ready, I’ll come back and get you so you can live where I live.  And you already know the road I’m taking.”
Thomas said, “Master, we have no idea where you’re going.  How do you expect us to know the road?”
Jesus said, “I am the Road, also the Truth, also the Life.  No one gets to the Father apart from me.  If you really knew me, you would know my Father as well.  From now on, you do know him.  You’ve seen him!”
Philip said, “Master, show us the Father; then we’ll be content.”
“You’ve been with me all this time, Philip, and you still don’t understand?  To see me is to see the Father.  So how can you ask, ‘Where is the Father?’ Don’t you believe that I am in the Father and the Father is in me?  The words that I speak to you aren’t mere words.  I don’t just make them up on my own.  The Father who resides in me crafts each word into a divine act.
“Believe me:  I am in my Father and my Father is in me.  If you can’t believe that, believe what you see – these works.  The person who trusts me will not only do what I’m doing but even greater things, because I, on my way to the Father, am giving you the same work to do that I’ve been doing.  You can count on it.  From now on, whatever you request along the lines of who I am and what I am doing, I’ll do it.  That’s how the Father will be seen for who he is in the Son.  I mean it.  Whatever you request in this way, I’ll do.

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