June 4, 2000           Iíll Be Back!             John 14

By Ronald George Jr. at the Fayetteville Baptist Church

 Scripture Text:  John 14:1 (KJS) Let not your heart be troubled: ye believe in God, believe also in me. 2 In my Father's house are many mansions: if [it were] not [so], I would have told you. I go to prepare a place for you. 3 And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again, and receive you unto myself; that where I am, [there] ye may be also. 4 And whither I go ye know, and the way ye know. 5 Thomas saith unto him, Lord, we know not whither thou goest; and how can we know the way? 6 Jesus saith unto him, I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me.

  1.  God has a purpose:  Godís purpose is to spend eternity with his beloved.  Even though this life is full of trouble, trials, and tribulation, his plan will be to our benefit.  Because we believe in the Lord as our God then we have become his children.  As this mother cared for her children then he cares for us.  He says to believe in God and believe in him for he is God.

  John 1:12 (KJS) But as many as received him, to them gave he power to become the sons of God, [even] to them that believe on his name: {power: or, the right, or, privilege}  

  1.  God has a plan:  Godís plan is to allow us the choice to be with Him forever.  He created the man and the woman in the garden and walked with them daily.  But he also planted a tree there that represented their choice to follow him or to reject him.  Mother has created for us a home to grow in then she gave us the choice as God.  We had to leave to begin our own place for our children to grow. Slowly but surely he reveals his plan of life to us.  So he is now creating us a place to stay.

 3.  God has a Place for you:  In my Fatherís house are many mansions or many different dwelling places.  You will      walk on streets of gold and be surrounded by all of the beauty of heaven with the Lord as the only light. 

  1. God has a promise.  Godís promise is to be our shepherd forever.  Let the Lord love you throughout this life into the life to come. Then he comes to get us one by one until all is full.  Richard wrote a note to his mom some fifty years ago.  He said that he had gone to town, but he would be back.  Now the Lord has said that he would be back.  Also, we know that our loved ones who die in the Lord will be back with us at the resurrection.