John 14:1-2 (AMP)
Do not let your hearts be troubled (distressed, agitated). You believe in and adhere to and trust in and rely on God; believe in and adhere to and trust in and rely also on Me. In My Father’s house there are many dwelling places (homes). If it were not so, I would have told you; for I am going away to prepare a place for you.
When I think of all the things that Jesus endured on the cross my heart is deeply touched. Jesus took upon himself all of the punishment that we deserved. Imagine God pouring out love to that degree is really overwhelming. We are here this morning celebrating the fact that "He has risen".
On Good Friday I was looking at a number of YouTube videos of soldiers returning home. I found it very difficult to not feel tears as I saw these warm reunions. One of the videos is about a dog having not seen his owner for sometime completely loses it, jumping all over him, knocking him down, and crying. Other videos showed family reunions. Most of them are caught by surprise. Their reactions were unbelief, running, jumping up in their daddies arms, and crying. Some of the wives and mothers jumped up and down screaming, crying, falling over, giggling, laughing with shouts of joy. One video that really touched me was a group of military personnel on a return flight who entered an airport in full military gear. Their greeting was people standing and clapping as they return from their duty of service. Upon seeing it I thought what an awesome moment. To me it was the right thing to do. It is what people do when they love, respect, and give honor to those who have served on behalf of their country.
Imagine Jesus on that resurrection morning when he entered back into the celestial city, receiving the welcome of his father. I do not know if they have bells in heaven but if they do I am sure they were ringing. It must have been spectacular for him to hear the harmonious voices of the angels welcoming him home.
That turns me to a final thought. One day we will be welcomed home. In that day in that perfect place a wonderful welcome home will be given by all those gathered there. The book of Revelations gives to us a vivid description of heaven. You won't be crying there. You won't be sick. You won't ever be separated again. John says that all your tears will be wiped away. There will be no more sickness or disease. You will finally be home never to be separated from those whom you love and those who love you. All of that will be done because God's own Son suffered on the behalf of you securing forgiveness of sins and a home in heaven