John 17:1 After Jesus said this, he looked toward heaven and prayed:
“Father, the hour has come. Glorify your Son, that your Son may glorify you. 2 For you granted him authority over all people that he might give eternal life to all those you have given him. 3 Now this is eternal life: that they know you, the only true God, and Jesus Christ, whom you have sent. 4 I have brought you glory on earth by finishing the work you gave me to do. 5 And now, Father, glorify me in your presence with the glory I had with you before the world began.
Perhaps its because my daughter is about to go through labor or because I’ve been thinking of some of the hard things I’ve gone through during my life but this stood out to me today.
Here is Jesus, about to go through the HARD PART. Here He reveals how He got through His huge and unique trial- and how He saved us.
He looks back to when He was with the Father and forward to when He’ll be with the Father again. He prays, and God the Father is listening in avid attention. But still Jesus had His trial to get through. Here is His focus.
Heaven is our real home. It’s the Shire for us hobbits, Kansas for Dorothy. It’s that place of safety we’d all like to get back to before the terrifying adventure began. We here on Earth haven’t seen the place yet. But it’s been strongly referred to, and alluded to in our hearts. We know it because the longing for it is buried deep. ‘The Kingdom of Heaven is within you’, what does that mean?
The entrance to home is connection with God- with Jesus. He is knocking on that little doorway inside us. He is on the other side when we open it, even in prayer.
The enemy seems huge.
BUT GOD IS BIGGER!
The distant wall of Heaven;
Beacons in the sun;
Hope and love are fresh air and light;