Monday, January 29, 2018

Pastor's Ponderings, January 29, 2018

God Promised A Special Place For Us 

A moving song called "Somewhere (There's a Place for Us)" was from the 1957 Broadway musical West Side Story. Some of the lyrics were, “There's a place for us, somewhere a place for us. Peace and quiet and open air wait for us somewhere. There's a time for us, some day a time for us, time together with time to spare, time to look, time to care, someday! Somewhere.”

Thank God that we know that place and time!  God has promised that although we may have trouble on earth, we have a heavenly dwelling that is not built by human hands (2 Corinthians 5:1, 4).  Our Saviour, Jesus Christ, promised us that He was going away to prepare that place with Him for us so that we could sit down with Him forever, a place of endless time where He can show His grace and care for us throughout the ages to come (John 14:2-3, Ephesians 2:6-7).

Let us know that there is a place for us where there is no crying, pain, death, or worry because He will wipe all of that away (Revelation 21:4).  We can rejoice knowing that our special place waits for us.  Let us believe it, receive it and realize that for all those who love the Lord there's a place and time for us eternally in Him.

2 Corinthians 5:1, 4
New International Version (NIV)
1 For we know that if the earthly tent we live in is destroyed, we have a building from God, an eternal house in heaven, not built by human hands.
4 For while we are in this tent, we groan and are burdened, because we do not wish to be unclothed but to be clothed instead with our heavenly dwelling, so that what is mortal may be swallowed up by life.

John 14:2-3
New International Version (NIV)
2 My Father’s house has many rooms; if that were not so, would I have told you that I am going there to prepare a place for you?
3 And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come back and take you to be with me that you also may be where I am.

Ephesians 2:6-7
New International Version (NIV)
6 And God raised us up with Christ and seated us with him in the heavenly realms in Christ Jesus,
7 in order that in the coming ages he might show the incomparable riches of his grace, expressed in his kindness to us in Christ Jesus.

Revelation 21:4
New International Version (NIV)
4 ‘He will wipe every tear from their eyes. There will be no more death or mourning or crying or pain, for the old order of things has passed away.”

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