why art thou cast down? (2) Disgrace? Now, believing on Jesus is something like this. Thus he prepares light for him to see by, power for him to work with, and the spirit of gladness. He will be there Himself to take care of it. All the trials of life. We make actions difficult unto us. The ample room in this great house. But if we take it just as it is projected to our view in the Scriptures — in its relations to earthly labour, and suffering, and desire; and as the place where our higher toils and nobler enjoyments shall begin: — then the desire of heaven is the noblest and purest passion we cherish.(A. Then mark the consolations of religion, and the consolatory hope of heaven, belong to a certain class — to those that believe in God and believe also in Christ. This life in itself is shadowy enough. HIS ABSOLUTE ORIGINAL PERSONALITY OF EXISTENCE. Well, the inquiry must start from our own solar system. Conclusion: Try the charge, "Believe also in me." When Tyndall was walking among the clouds during a sunset upon the Alps his companion said to him, "can you behold such a sublime scene as this and not feel that there is a God?" This is only a half-truth, and we want the whole. You see the vapour issuing from the kettle and disappearing through the air. Submission is repose. It is not simply, "the kingdom" — it is "the palace of the great King." Trouble on the Surface, Peace in the Depths, Belief in God Based on the Knowledge of His Character, Belief in God Emotional as Well as Intellectual, Christ's Appeal to His Disciples' Confidence, Christ's Coming and Our Future Fellowship with Him, Death Brings Christ and the Soul Together, Man's Hope of Immortality Uncontradicted by God, The Christian not Afraid of Unseen Dangers, The Christian not afraid of unseen dangers, Belief in God emotional as well as intellectual, Belief in God based on the knowledge of His character. Inferentially a proof of Christ's Divinity. David was reared amidst promises which made Christ a household word in Israel, and sacrifices which brought to the very senses the need and hope of propitiation.II. There is only one example of it on a large scale in the world, and that is a kind of bastard Christianity — Mohammedanism; and we all know what good that is as a religion. Nations are rising and falling. And He promises that He will personally intercede for believers above, while the Spirit intercedes in them below. The refuge —I. Out of the idea of vastness arises that of an endless VARIETY. Tell me the processes by which it has been recovered — the marvellous mystery of restored sonship and reawakened love. "(Washington Irving. CHRIST HERE POINTS TO HIMSELF AS THE OBJECT OF PRECISELY THE SAME RELIGIOUS TRUST WHICH IS TO BE GIVEN TO GOD.1. 12-14).IV. There will be perfect love; and everyone will wear a cheerful countenance; and it will be a glorious home. (2) It establishes the heart. Even on earth, a father's house is his child's home; and the dearest place to the best man, woman, child, is home. As the time went on, He spoke of it more frequently, and in terms more and more darkly suggestive of horror. So it is with us for the most part: every trifle, every profit, every bauble, every matter of pleasure, every delight, is enough to divert and turn aside our thoughts from death, from home, from heaven, from our God; and we are taken up and lose ourselves, I know not where.(R. The light shines through a window, but the light and the glass that make it visible have nothing in common with one another. We venture to dispute the very fact taken for granted. This idea of immense capacity is a real relief from some of the more popular conceptions of the future life, as that of a temple, etc. We shall no more be afraid of any real harm while we are affiliated with God in spirit.2. But Christ's prescient eye looked down the ages, and some glow of satisfaction flitted across His sorrow as He saw from afar the result of the impending travail of His soul in the multitudes by whom God's heavenly house should yet be filled. (a)Faith will show thee from whence they came (Job 1:21). What did He think of Himself Who said, "All men should honour the Son even as they honour the Father"? The old rabbis said that, however many the throngs of worshippers who came up to Jerusalem at the Passover, the streets and the courts were never crowded. But let not your heart be troubled. )The heavenly homeJ. But you say, We do not see Him I Do we see the air, magnetism, the productive force in nature, music, fragrance, the voice of a friend? And He promises that He will personally intercede for believers above, while the Spirit intercedes in them below. Let us think of the dwelling of the child, where it looks from its little window on the few houses or fields which make up its world, and then let us compare it with what the man knows of his present world residence, when he has surveyed with his eye or his mind the breadth of the earth with its oceans and lands that stretch over continents by Alps and Andes. And they had reason to be. "I go to prepare a place for you." There is power, the power which sent forth the disciples on their errands of love.3. (1) This, that Jesus Christ Himself Divine, is the Divine Revealer of God. And far away, where myrtles bloom and palm trees wave, and the ocean sleeps upon coral strands, to the exile's fond fancy it clothes the naked rock, or stormy shore, or barren moor, or wild highland mountain, with charms he weeps to think of, and longs once more to see. Conclusion: Try the charge, "Believe also in me." This is the only form in which we can exercise faith in God. If thou believest —(a)God will never forsake thee wholly (John 13:1; Hebrews 13:5). "No man hath seen God at any time," etc. There are throngs, but no crowds. No doubt heaven may be represented and desired by the mind as a place of escape from conflict, of mere ignoble rest. Christ, by revealing the knowledge of God, and reconciling us to Him, removes our enmity.2. Emphasis resting on the idea of permanence. "If it were not so, I would have told you."1. Hence He is said to have entered it as our Forerunner.IV. was not a question in any heart there. Maclaren, D. D.)Faith in GodR. To constitute a home there must be familiarity and confidence. Beecher?" Sibbes, D. D.)Christ comforting the disciplesW. So, without any hesitation, I take the note just for what it stands. Sibbes, D. D.)Christ comforting the disciplesW. Are they worthy of anything but pity who are not able to bear the hardships of the voyage? Without a future what is the present worth? That is what the comforts which the world supplies may fairly be likened to. WHAT IS IT TO BELIEVE? H. Wilson.Believing on Jesus is looking to Him for salvation. (3) It stirs up such graces as comfort the soul, as hope in all good things promised. "God was in Christ reconciling the world unto Himself."3. See whether, in proportion as you trust Christ more, you become not, in yourself, happier, holier, stronger, gentler. The Oriental Bank Corporation. (b)A believer's heart in particular (Isaiah 57:15; Revelation 3:20). The trust which Christ requires is entire committal to Him in all my relations and for all my needs.3. (b)Our wills and affections (Psalm 16:11). And we are changing within. This is the purpose of God. Compared with it, house, mansion, palace, are cold, heartless terms. (2)As our sympathizing Brother and High Priest. What if there lurked in the background of Deity an obstacle which Calvary alone could take away? And when we have done so, consider what promises, and comforts, in that Word of God are fitted to that condition. All the labours of life. It is not simply, "the kingdom" — it is "the palace of the great King." Christ solicits our faith on the ground of —1. Brown, B. (1) It is as when a palace has been raised with all its rooms and their furniture complete, but it is dark or dimly seen by lights carried from place to place. Brooks.There is a class of words the meaning of which is known to all, and without consulting a dictionary most people know what the word "trouble" means. We have heard about "pills against earthquakes." He says nothing of its whereabouts, of its beauty, of its music, except in signs that are manifestly but hieroglyphic. That He will be our Paraclete.(C. Try to hear them for the first time, and to remember the circumstances. )The comfort of believing in Christ"What do you do without a mother to tell all your troubles to?" Faith and Hope directed to their proper objects. Shall we dare to repose upon a feeble bureau analogy, and rest the whole weight of eternity upon the impulses and instincts (not always, even here, prevailing) of family love and parental tenderness? May we not widen the application of that thought to other matters? "I go to the Lord Jesus: He was mother's friend, and He's mine." As the time went on, He spoke of it more frequently, and in terms more and more darkly suggestive of horror. HOW CAN THE TROUBLED HEART BE MADE INTO THE QUIET HEART.1. There will be perfect love; and everyone will wear a cheerful countenance; and it will be a glorious home. "I go to the Lord Jesus: He was mother's friend, and He's mine." But if you will believe in Jesus, this trouble shall disappear. She wiped away her tears and continued her work. (b)Corruption (Romans 7:24). The day of Pentecost had not yet come. Very remarkable, therefore, is it that with this tone there should be such reticence in Christ's references to the future. These abodes of the future, manifold as they are, have walls around, and an over-arching roof, which make them one house, and that house a home. It is to affirm —I. God is infinite (Psalm 147:5).2. And so every real believer feels that nothing higher can be promised him, than that he should "be ever with his Lord."(C. Ah! Even natural theology affirms this; for it would imply Divine imperfection if God were not everywhere. What security this! And so every real believer feels that nothing higher can be promised him, than that he should "be ever with his Lord."(C. (2) That many shall be saved (Revelation 7:9; James 2:5); but not irrespectively (1 Corinthians 1:26-28).2. Emphasis resting on the idea of permanence. Dying may be regarded as a mode in which Christ comes for His people, one by one. "Why, man," he said, "I live there." )Heaven, our homeT. There is no need to say, "Let not your heart be troubled," when you are not in affliction. CHRIST SITS AND DISCOVERS HEAVEN TO US.1. But what human imagination can picture the horrors of a universe given over to the rioting of evil unrestrained? "All things change, and we with them." And yet this it is not easy for us to do. )Heaven, our homeT. "Mother told me whom to go to before she died," answered the little orphan. And if that be true, these two things follow. 3. There are many others. If we trust we may be quiet. In the second place, we have the idea of PERMANENCE. "Ye believe in God;" yes, but that is inadequate, it needs supplementing. He is so infinite and we are so weak. CHRIST ASCENDS AND PREPARES HEAVEN FOR US. A little child looks upon his father's house as his own, and so would Christ have us look upon heaven. The soul is amazing because it has something of God within it. And therefore we ought to be skilful in the Word of God, that we may store up comforts beforehand.4. It seems a vast, awful world, this invisible which stretches out to the infinite all round us; the trembling soul may well shudder as it goes forth to meet its destiny. Amazing! Baxendale. And this is to be affirmed, with all energy of conviction, and intensity of feeling, as the absolute and everlasting truth.II. "Home" — oh, how sweet is that word! Separation from beloved friends. (d)Their capacities, i.e., everyone shall enjoy as much as he is capable of (Psalm 16:11). They loved their Master, who they saw was going away. There shall be no wavering of faith, no waning of hope, no chill of love. Thus, when lately bending over a dying saint, and expressing our sorrow to see him lay so low, with the radiant countenance rather of one who had just left heaven than of one about to enter it, he raised and clasped his hands, and exclaimed in ecstasy, "I am going home."(T. Whence did these tender loves within us spring? Brown, B. Peace —1. Sibbes, D. D.)LinksJohn 14:1 NIVJohn 14:1 NLTJohn 14:1 ESVJohn 14:1 NASBJohn 14:1 KJVJohn 14:1 Bible AppsJohn 14:1 ParallelJohn 14:1 Biblia ParalelaJohn 14:1 Chinese BibleJohn 14:1 French BibleJohn 14:1 German BibleJohn 14:1 CommentariesBible Hub. The promises of the Spirit.1. He is there with the dying saint.IV. Well, that is what you are to think about; that is what it will be. We may sin in being overmuch troubled at things for which it is a sin not to be troubled. Eagerly he lays hold of it, rests his whole weight upon it; and, while others perish, he is safe. It is pleasant to me to think that we are wanted there. H. Spurgeon.I heard of a man who was walking along the high road, with a pack on his back: he was growing weary, and was, therefore, glad when a gentleman came along in a chaise, and asked him to take a seat with him. that word quickens the pulse, warms the heart, stirs the soul to its depths, makes age feel young again, rouses apathy into energy, sustains the sailor in his midnight watch, inspires the soldier with courage on the field of battle, and imparts patient endurance to the worn-down sons of toil. VARIETY. Had we been asked what He was going to heaven for, we should have said — To get away from this evil world; to enter into His joy, etc. The trouble —1. My Father's house! Stanford, D. D.)Ye believe in God, believe also in Me.Belief in ChristC. But, although we thus stand upon the dignity of the Cross as a mystery, we do find, as a matter of experience, that no man dispenses with it without being a definite loser in some feature of the Christian character.1. Here, too, is His love; "If it were not so, He would have told them." Shall we dare to repose upon a feeble bureau analogy, and rest the whole weight of eternity upon the impulses and instincts (not always, even here, prevailing) of family love and parental tenderness? We recognize an authority to which we are responsible. His omnipresence shines throughout the whole Scriptures. The wheels of the soul are thereby taken off (Nehemiah 8:10). Then after a while the conclusion is reached that we really need no religion at all, only science. It is only a stream that divides us — the narrow stream of death; and the voices there and the voices here seem to commingle, and we join trumpets and hosannahs and hallelujahs, and the chorus of the united song of earth and heaven is, "Home, Sweet Home."(T. )Heaven -- homeDeath came unexpectedly to a man of wealth, as it almost always does; and he sent out for his lawyer to draw his will. Now, believing on Jesus is something like this. (3) But, further, this great and tender name has its deepest meaning in a spiritual state of which the essential elements are the loving manifestation of God as Father, the perfect consciousness of sonship, the happy union of all the children in one great family, and the derivation of all their blessedness from their elder Brother.2. He goes there to prove our title to it; to show, in His wounded hands and pierced side, that He has paid for us its stipulated price. Art thou troubled —(1) For thy sins? Lay hold of Him, rest yourself upon Him. He would tell them if the things they hoped were an idle dream. Bind up your hearts in them, and they shall give you not only healing, but leave with you the perfume of the blessed gardens where they grew. How cheerfully she works! For as all heavenly light, and heat, and influence come from the sun, so all heavenly comforts must come to us from Christ's presence. Relief comes by belief. And do you not think that God was appealing, perhaps, to some such instinct of your nature, when He would not only send word to you that you were pardoned, but bid you to receive the blessing through the willing self-gift of One who, sharing every emotion of God's love for the self-ruined one, came Himself to plead, and at last to die, because thus He could effectually "roll away the great stone" sin, move the obdurate, and win back the lost? (2)He will bring forth the righteous as the sun.2. So, without any hesitation, I take the note just for what it stands. It is the same old story always; and always with the old refrain: "Let not your heart be troubled."1. As the moral nature is cultivated, we recognize a moral order in the universe, a law of righteousness, and therefore a Lawgiver and a Judge. said Lockhart. Commanded belief implies always the possibility of honest unbelief. Then after a while the conclusion is reached that we really need no religion at all, only science. There was no mud in the bottom. that word quickens the pulse, warms the heart, stirs the soul to its depths, makes age feel young again, rouses apathy into energy, sustains the sailor in his midnight watch, inspires the soldier with courage on the field of battle, and imparts patient endurance to the worn-down sons of toil. He bids the troubled be comforted by directing their hope to the positive existence of an absolutely untroubled state. The day of Pentecost had not yet come. (1) This, that Jesus Christ Himself Divine, is the Divine Revealer of God. You immediately catch the idea of home here. They too love their relations, but after a momentary spasm when they lose them they take life easily again; and in doing this they show man an example which he would do well to imitate. It is possible to overmaster trouble, however hard the lot in life may be.2. Heaven was his home.(D. (b)Why (Hebrews 12:10). 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