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A New Home

Wherever you look, new housing developments are appearing everywhere and whilst investment in infrastructure is good, building projects provoke different responses from residents. We worry whether there is enough space for so many houses, and are concerned about rising pressure on local amenities, such as schools, shops and access. Perhaps you are looking to move into the local area and find yourself endlessly sifting through the property market online or regularly scanning the estate agents’ window on the High Street. The Lord Jesus promises to his followers a new home in heaven. He says: “In my Father’s house are many mansions, I go to prepare a place for you” (John 14:2). This preparation involved suffering and death. The Lord Jesus was willing to give up his life for you to have a home in heaven. The Bible says, “all have sinned” (Romans 3:23), but the death of the Lord Jesus gives us an opportunity to once again have a relationship with God, through faith in his Son. A new home starts in the mind then progresses to a building site and once the plan comes together a house emerges and soon becomes a home. Maybe heaven is a far-off concept to you; but the work has been completed, and it is now time for you to move in. The only way to do this is to repent and believe in the Lord Jesus who said, “I am the way” (John 14:6). Our sin has separated us from God, and we do not deserve a home in heaven, but God has demonstrated His own love toward us, that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us” (Romans 5:8). We have this promise that “whoever calls upon the name of the Lord shall be saved” (Romans 10:13). This was true in the case of a common criminal who was crucified next to the Lord Jesus who moments before his death asked Jesus to remember him and was glad to hear the reply “today you will be with me in paradise” (Luke 23:43). Approaching Easter, we remember that three days after the death of the Lord Jesus, he rose again and went back to heaven, and this is the confidence we have that he has gone to "prepare a place for you" (John 14:2). D. Johnston
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