Modern Lutheran Quote of the Day

Our Lord’s assertion that in heaven He is preparing a place for us has similar significance. By His crucifixion and resurrection He has made it possible for us to get to heaven. (Here we incorporate––rather than omit––the superbly explicit Gospel that the text provides in verse 6: “I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by Me.”) And, really, that’s plenty. What more can we expect than that Jesus should live on our earth, die, and rise again so that we might go to heaven? But Jesus doesn’t stop there. He does more than expected. Not only does He make it possible for us to get to heaven but He also prepares a place for us there. He goes to fuss and bother. He engages in “heavenly housework,” so to speak. It’s all very flattering. We’re special in His sight, “a chosen generation.” “the apple of His eye,” “kings and priests unto God,” “the bride of the Lamb.” He longs for our arrival; He can’t wait till we get there. He wants everything shipshape when we arrive; He makes sure that there will be no disappointment, when we reach our heavenly mansion. All these stirring implications can be unpacked from the simple assertion “I go to prepare a place for you.”

Preaching the Creative Gospel Creatively
Francis C Rossow p. 62-63


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