Lesson for Chapel Services on Wednesday, May 17, 2017
John 14: 1-14
A READING FROM THE BOOK OF JOHN
"Do not let your hearts be troubled. Believe in God, believe also in me. In my Father's house there are many dwelling places. If it were not so, would I have told you that I go to prepare a place for you? And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again and will take you to myself, so that where I am, there you may be also. And you know the way to the place where I am going."
Thomas said to him, "Lord, we do not know where you are going. How can we know the way?"
Jesus said to him, "I am the way, and the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me. If you know me, you will know my Father also. From now on you do know him and have seen him."
Philip said to him, "Lord, show us the Father, and we will be satisfied."
Jesus said to him, "Have I been with you all this time, Philip, and you still do not know me? Whoever has seen me has seen the Father. How can you say, 'Show us the Father'? Do you not believe that I am in the Father and the Father is in me? The words that I say to you I do not speak on my own; but the Father who dwells in me does his works. Believe me that I am in the Father and the Father is in me; but if you do not, then believe me because of the works themselves. Very truly, I tell you, the one who believes in me will also do the works that I do and, in fact, will do greater works than these, because I am going to the Father. I will do whatever you ask in my name, so that the Father may be glorified in the Son. If in my name you ask me for anything, I will do it. "
THE WORD OF THE LORD
and the People respond, "Thanks be to God."
As a child, I always heard, “In my Father’s house are many mansions,” and I had an image of heaven that looked something like Beverly Hills. You know the look: mile long driveways behind guarded gates, 10,000+ square foot homes, swimming pools and tennis courts. I now realize what an image of isolation I had cooked up!
What are your impressions of what heaven is like? None of us have any firsthand knowledge. Heaven for me is a place where God’s will is done: love one another. For me, the emphasis is not on what I need to do to get to heaven, but what I can do now to help bring heaven to this earthly life.