And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again and receive you to Myself, that where I am, there you may be also.—John 14:3
Some years ago one of our national Christian brothers from the land of Thailand gave his testimony in my hearing. He told what it had meant in his life and for his future when the missionaries came with the good news of the gospel of Christ.
He described the godly life of one of the early missionaries and then said: "He is in the Father's house now."
He told of one of the missionary women and the love of Christ she had displayed, and then said: "She is in the Father's house now."
What a vision for a humble Christian who only a generation before had been a pagan, worshiping idols and spirits—and now because of grace and mercy he talks about the Father's house as though it were just a step away, across the street.
This is the gospel of Christ—the kind of Christianity I believe in. What joy to discover that God is not mad at us and that we are His children.... What a hope that makes it possible for the Lord's people to lie down quietly when the time comes and whisper, "Father, I am coming home" Echoes from Eden, 50-51.
"Thank you, Lord, for this incredible truth! And this is the message of hope that we share as we proclaim the Gospel! Let me do it joyfully today. Amen."