Recently someone sent me an excellent Bible study entitled I go to Prepare a Place for You. It was written by R.A. Russell. As I’ve been going over the material I felt the Lord leading me to teach it down at the jail this Saturday.
The study begins as follows: “There was a man named Jesus Christ, who was God manifested in the flesh. He so impacted the world, the calendar dating system was changed to B.C. (before Christ) and A.D. (in the year of the Lord) to pivot around His life. Not only did He do the miraculous while walking the earth, but allowed Himself to be crucified for us. He loved His creation that much. The exciting news is that He rose from the dead…”
Yesterday at Emmanuel Pentecostal we celebrated the Lord’s Resurrection and Pastor Flowers impressed upon everyone that without the cross there would be no resurrection. He went on to say that the cross was a place of death and the resurrection was the place of life everlasting. It was the empty tomb that brought joy and awe to the disciples.
I’m sure the disciples recalled the Lord telling them “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. 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.” John 14:2-3
After appearing to the disciples for 40 days before His ascension, one final promise was made before ascending into the heavens on a cloud. “And being assembled together with them, commanded them that they should not depart from Jerusalem, but wait for the promise of the Father, which, saith He, ye have heard of me . For John truly baptized with water; but ye shall be baptized with the Holy Ghost not many days hence.” Act 1:4-5
The Lord did not leave us comfortless. In His compassion and mercy for all true repentant believers down through the ages, He poured out His Spirit so that anyone who obeys the gospel and repents would receive the baptism of the Holy Ghost just as they did on the Day of Pentecost. This would be the power needed to not only testify of the mighty works of God and the power to overcome sin in our life, but the earnest (down payment) of our inheritance. In other words, there was more to come and being filled with the Holy Ghost is just a foretaste of what God has prepared for those who love Him.
He has gone to “prepare a place” for us, and you and I have no idea of the glories of this place where we will be with the Spotless Lamb of God forever and ever, worshiping and singing with the angels and the redeemed of all ages.
Yesterday at church we were informed of the passing from this life of our beloved brother Charles Newman. Bro. Newman had always been one who never missed an opportunity to worship the Lord. With age his back bowed more and more and a stroke made it extremely difficult for him to get around, and yet he never stopped coming to church and walking to the front of the church during the worship service. He was so crippled in body and yet he would raise his arms worshiping His heavenly Lover. He never allowed disability to stop him from what he considered his reasonable service to the King of kings and Lord of lords. We shall always remember Bro. Newman as an exemplary man of worship and faith.
I was comforted today as I was studying the subject of “I go to prepare a place for you.” This is the ultimate promise – our blessed hope. We have lost some beloved elders this past year but our loss is heaven’s gain. They have won the race and left this earth with a good name that honored the Lord Jesus to the very end. We may not have riches or gold to leave to others but what greater legacy than a “good name”?
You must be born again to go to that place that Jesus has prepared for you.