Sunday, April 23, 2017

Fw: coming and going

----- Forwarded Message -----
From: Rob Smith <>
To: Rob Smith <>
Sent: Sunday, April 23, 2017 8:00 AM
Subject: coming and going

John 14:And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again and will take you to myself, that where I am you may be also.
Jesus' coming and going establishes the reality of Heaven and the promise that we can one day be there with Him.  Jesus illustrated the three great realities of life that answer the questions we cannot find answers for anywhere else.  Where does life originate from?  What happens when we die?  Where will we go afterwards?
Coming in the flesh, Jesus had first lived with His Father in Heaven.  Life has its origin in Heaven, where the Father spoke all of Creation into being and knew that each of us would live one day.  Death follows life and since the first man death is due to his disobedience and we inherited that disobedient nature.  Jesus also died, but not for His disobedience.  He died for ours.  Death appears to be the end of life but Jesus showed that there is life after death.  In John, chapter 14, Jesus clearly teaches his disciples that He will come back for them so that they can share this life with Him.
Interestingly, each of us has nothing to do with our natural birth...the reality of our natural existence.  But each of us must be involved in the decision to live in the place that follows natural death.  That is a birth based on belief.  If we grasp the love of Jesus and want to embrace His "going and coming" at the most personal level we believe His word and at that moment are born again....born to the eternal life that Jesus demonstrated when He moved from a body that was born from a mother, moved through physical death to a new life and ascended to Heaven. 
Jesus life not only illustrates the hope of Heaven, He cements its reality for everyone who believes that Jesus has gone through this for them, personally.
You can believe it!
John 13:Jesus answered him, "Where I am going you cannot follow me now, but you will follow afterward."
Rob Smith

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