Suggested further reading: Titus 2:11-14
We have in this passage a solid ground for expecting good things
to come. The evil heart of unbelief within us is apt to rob us of
our comfort about heaven. `We wish we could think it was all
true.' `We fear we shall never be admitted into heaven.' Let us hear
what Jesus says to encourage us.
One cheering word is this: `I go to prepare a place for
you.' Heaven is a prepared place for a prepared people: a place which
we shall find Christ himself has made ready for true Christians.
He has prepared it by procuring a right for every sinner who
believes to enter in. None can stop us and say we have no business there.
He has prepared it by going before us as our Head and
Representative and taking possession of it for all the members of his mystical
body. As our Forerunner he has marched in, leading captivity
captive, and has planted his banner in the land of glory. He has prepared
it by carrying our names with him as our High Priest into the holy
of holies and making angels ready to receive us. They that enter
heaven will find they are neither unknown nor unexpected.
Another cheering word is this: `I will come again and
receive you unto myself.' Christ will not wait for believers to come up
to him, but will come down to them, to raise them from their
graves and escort them to their heavenly home. As Joseph came to
meet Jacob, so will Jesus come to call his people together and
guide them to their inheritance. The second advent ought never to
be forgotten. Great is the blessedness of looking back to Christ
coming the first time to suffer for us, but no less great is the comfort
of looking forward to Christ coming the second time, to raise
and reward his saints.
For meditation: Do you love Christ's
appearing? (2 Tim. 4:8).