The other day my wife and I were watching a reality show called “Fixer Upper”. They were helping a missionary couple buy a house and fix it up.
The house needed to be fixed up before the couple got back from Uganda where they worked with an orphanage. In Uganda, the couple lived in a 150 sq. foot shipping container! Such a tiny home. The house they were given in Waco, Texas, was 1,200 sq. feet.
At the end of the show, when the missionary couple arrived and saw their new home they were overwhelmed by the gift, it’s beauty, and it’s size.
So often we focus on John 14:2 (ESV) where Jesus tells us, “In my Father’s house are many rooms. If it were not so, would I have told you that I go to prepare a place for you?” And that is a marvelous and exciting promise. But let’s rejoice with Christ our Lord in His triumphal return to His home. During His earthly ministry He lived in such a tiny home (His earthly body); now He lives in His infinite home.
Imagine how Jesus felt when He arrived back in heaven, back with the Father, back with all that was His home, all that was familiar to Him. What a joy He must have felt for a job well done, returning home as the victor over sin and death. We get just a glimpse of this in John 16:28, “I came from the Father and have come into the world, and now I am leaving the world and going to the Father.”
“In the past God spoke to our ancestors through the prophets at many times and in various ways, but in these last days he has spoken to us by his Son, whom he appointed heir of all things, and through whom also he made the universe. The Son is the radiance of God’s glory and the exact representation of his being, sustaining all things by his powerful word. After he had provided purification for sins, he sat down at the right hand of the Majesty in heaven. So he became as much superior to the angels as the name he has inherited is superior to theirs.” (Hebrews 1:1-4 NIV)
Let’s rejoice with Jesus. Let’s show Him our love by obeying His commands. (John 14:15)