John 14:1-4: “Do not let your hearts be troubled. Trust in God; trust also in me. In my father’s house are many rooms; if it were not so, I would have told you. I am going there to prepare a place for you. 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. You know the way to the place where I am going.”
Colossians 3:1-4: Since, then, you have been raised with Christ, set your hearts on things above, where Christ is seated at the right hand of God. Set your minds on things above, not on earthly things. For you died, and your life is now hidden with Christ in God. When Christ, who is your life, appears, then you also will appear with him in glory.
I try to keep up with current and world events, but the news that we hear daily is discouraging and depressing. Innocent people are being displaced and killed throughout the world, as various battles and wars, rage on and on. Individuals, families, and various people groups are fleeing for safety in the midst of many of these conflicts. Christians are under attack for their beliefs and are losing their lives for clinging to and professing their faith. And the men, women, and children of West Africa are faced with the Ebola epidemic that is claiming lives and spreading fear. Death is literally staring them in the face on a daily basis. All of these things have been weighing heavily on my mind and heart for several weeks now, as I consider what kind of world my children and their children are going to encounter. Every day it seems, the outlook for future generations on this earth appears disheartening and gloomy.
When faced with such distressing new, my focus turns to my Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ, who has already defeated death, and the pain and suffering of this world. As citizens of this earth, we will encounter many instances of grief and suffering while living on this planet. However as followers of the risen Christ, we know that our “present sufferings” only serve to prepare us for the future “glory” that will ultimately be revealed. The Apostle Paul writes in Romans 8:18: “I consider that our present sufferings are not worth comparing with the glory that will be revealed in us.” We live out our lives on this earth with our attention and our desire fixed firmly upon heaven.
Jesus said to his disciples, “You know the way to the place where I am going.” The cross of Jesus Christ is the only way to heaven. By belief in Christ’s death for our sins and in His resurrection, we find our way to the land of glory. And in that distant land, we will rejoice with all the saints that have gone on before us, and give praise to our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ.
Acts 4:12: Salvation is found in no one else, for there is no other name under heaven given to mankind by which we must be saved. Jesus Christ is the only way to eternal life and heaven.