Jesus Comforts Troubled Hearts, Part 4 (Just Jesus Evangelistic Campaign, Day 217)

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TEXT: John 14:1-3

1 Let not your heart be troubled: ye believe in God, believe also in me.

2 In my Father’s house are many mansions: if it were not so, I would have told you. I go to prepare a place for you.

3 And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again, and receive you unto myself; that where I am, there ye may be also.

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Today, I am continuing the daily Just Jesus Evangelistic Campaign sermon series, which is aimed at sharing the Gospel of the Lord Jesus Christ with unbelievers and reminding Christians, in this important election year, to keep the main thing the main thing — and that is reaching unbelievers with the Gospel of the Lord Jesus Christ and praying for their salvation, for the problem in America is not only disobedient presidents, politicians, and people, but disobedient pastors, preachers, and parishioners who have refused to obey the Lord’s Great Commission which is to, “Go ye into all the world, and preach the gospel to every creature.” and who have refused to obey God’s repeated commands to “pray without ceasing” for unbelievers, believers, and political leaders. Yes, you should pray for the right candidate to win; yes, you should vote for the candidate that the Lord gives you peace about voting for. But, don’t get caught up in it like the world does. Nothing much is going to change until people get saved and get their hearts right with the Lord.

This campaign is inspired by the following three verses: 1 Corinthians 2:2 which says, “For I determined not to know anything among you, save Jesus Christ, and him crucified.” Acts 5:42 which says, “And daily in the temple, and in every house, they ceased not to teach and preach Jesus Christ.” And 2 Timothy 2:4 which says, “No man that warreth entangleth himself with the affairs of this life; that he may please him who hath chosen him to be a soldier.”

This series is not for Christians necessarily. However, I do hope you are one of those saints who still loves to hear the “Old, old story of Jesus and His love” — As another hymn says, “For those who know it best Seem hungering and thirsting to hear it like the rest.” This series is primarily for unbelievers, so they can hear and understand the Gospel and be saved from sin and the punishment of sin which is hell. This is message number 217.

Jonathan Edwards said, “To go to heaven, fully to enjoy God, is infinitely better than the most pleasant accommodations here.”

The disciples’ worry about the immediate future is what prompted Jesus to give them this discourse on not letting their hearts be troubled. As we have seen in verse 1, He first told them how to keep their hearts at ease in the present. Now, He gives them an eternal hope for the future — a guarantee that they can look forward to no matter what happens in the world. In doing so, He also answers Peter’s question of the previous chapter, “Lord, whither goest thou?”

Jesus says, “In my Father’s house are many mansions: if it were not so, I would have told you. I go to prepare a place for you.” Jesus was returning to Heaven — the Father’s house. He was going there to “prepare a place” for the disciples and all those who would believe on Him thereafter. The cross, the resurrection, and the ascension were all turning points on Jesus’ path back to Heaven so He could prepare a place for us there. By telling the disciples that He is going to prepare a place for them in Heaven, He is sealing His fate on Earth. Because the only way for us to have a place in God’s house is through the blood of Jesus Christ shed on the cross.

Now, the word “mansions” is a very interesting word that has given rise to the popular imagery that every believer has a sprawling, two-story, glittering mansion, as we know it today, waiting for them in Heaven. Be assured, whatever the housing arrangement will be in Glory it will be like a mansion compared to what you are living in right now. However, this is not the meaning intended by John. (If that were what he was intending, he would have used a word that would have translated as “palace” or something similar.) Dr. Warren Wiersbe notes that the Greek word “monee” “simply means ‘rooms, or abiding places,’ so we must not think in terms of manor houses. It is unfortunate that some unbiblical songs have perpetuated the error that faithful Christians will have lovely mansions in glory, while worldly saints will have to be content with little cottages or even shacks. Jesus Christ is now preparing places for all true believers, and each place will be beautiful.”

The main thing Jesus wants us to focus on regarding Heaven is not any material blessings we will have there, but the fact that we will be with the Father and the Son. Jesus called Heaven the “Father’s house.” The emphasis is on the fact that He will be with His Father and we will be with them both for all eternity. We will dwell with them and abide with them forever.

It is in this view of Heaven that we discover the secret to having a little bit of Heaven on Earth. What is that secret? It is abiding with Jesus. If you want a slice of Heaven in the midst of the storms of life, you must be abiding in Jesus. As long as you are in His presence — with God, Jesus Christ, and the Holy Spirit — dwelling inside of You, you will experience a little bit of Heaven even now.

Jesus expresses the certainty of what He has just explained by saying, ‘If this were not the case, I would have told you.’ In other words, He’s saying, ‘I’m not making this up. I really am going to prepare a place for you.’ As Christians, we know that our place is not in this world. This world is not our home. Heaven is our home, and Jesus is preparing a place for us there.

I’ve a home prepared where the saints abide,
Just over in the glory land;
And I long to be by my Savior’s side,
Just over in the glory land.

What a joyful thought that my Lord I’ll see,
Just over in the glory land;
And with kindred saved, there forever be,
Just over in the glory land.

With the blood washed throng I will shout and sing,
Just over in the glory land;
Glad hosannas to Christ, the Lord and King,
Just over in the glory land.

You can have peace during the troubles of this life if you remember that this world is not your home — that your real home is with God and Jesus in Heaven. Trust Christ as your Savior today so that He can begin preparing a place you you there.

First, accept the fact that you are a sinner, and that you have broken God’s law. The Bible says in Romans 3:23: “For all have sinned and come short of the glory of God.”

Second, accept the fact that there is a penalty for sin. The Bible states in Romans 6:23: “For the wages of sin is death…”

Third, accept the fact that you are on the road to hell. Jesus Christ said in Matthew 10:28: “And fear not them which kill the body, but are not able to kill the soul: but rather fear him which is able to destroy both soul and body in hell.” Also, the Bible states in Revelation 21:8: “But the fearful, and unbelieving, and the abominable, and murderers, and whoremongers and sorcerers, and idolaters, and all liars, shall have their part in the lake which burneth with fire and brimstone: which is the second death.”

Now that is bad news, but here’s the good news. Jesus Christ said in John 3:16: “For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.” Just believe in your heart that Jesus Christ died for your sins, was buried, and rose from the dead by the power of God for you so that you can live eternally with Him. Pray and ask Him to come into your heart today, and He will.

Romans 10:9 & 13 says, “That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved… For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved.”

If you believe that Jesus Christ died on the cross for your sins, was buried, and rose from the dead, and you want to trust Him for your salvation today, please pray with me this simple prayer: Holy Father God, I realize that I am a sinner and that I have done some bad things in my life. I am sorry for my sins, and today I choose to turn from my sins. For Jesus Christ sake, please forgive me of my sins. I believe with all of my heart that Jesus Christ died for me, was buried, and rose again. I trust Jesus Christ as my Savior and I choose to follow Him as Lord from this day forward. Lord Jesus, please come into my heart and save my soul and change my life today. Amen.

If you believed in your heart that Jesus Christ died on the cross, was buried, and rose again, allow me to say, congratulations on doing the most important thing in life and that is accepting Jesus Christ as your Lord and Saviour! For more information to help you grow in your newfound faith in Christ, go to Gospel Light Society.com and read “What To Do After You Enter Through the Door”. Jesus Christ said in John 10:9, “I am the door: by me if any man enter in, he shall be saved, and shall go in and out, and find pasture.”

If you accepted Jesus Christ as your Savior today, please e-mail me at dw3@gospellightsociety.com and let us know. There is some free material that we want to send you. If you have a prayer request, please e-mail that to us as well, and we will pray for you until you tell us to stop.

God loves you. We love you. And may God bless you.

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