That You Also May Be Where I Am

Based on:  John 14:1-4

It is only natural that God’s people want to be where God is.  As children of God we want to be with our heavenly Father and with our brother, Jesus Christ.  We know that to be with God is to have life and peace and joy.  God’s presence is the amazing gift that we have through God’s Gospel.  It is his promise that he will be with us now and forever.

While Jesus walked on this earth with his disciples he told them that one day he would leave them.  More and more as he came closer and closer to his death, resurrection, and ascension, Jesus told his disciples that he wasn’t going to be with them much longer in a visible, bodily form, but he also promised them “I will come back and take you to be with me that you also may be where I am.”

Even though Jesus is not with us in a way that our eyes can see him, he still keeps his promise, “Surely, I am with you always, to the very end of the age.”

Her life is a testimony to how God kept his Gospel promise.  You know better than I how God was with her throughout her life.  It began when he rescued her from Satan’s grip through the waters of Holy Baptism.  It continued as she was confirmed, married, and raised her own children to know their Savior.  Our Lord was there in the good times and when times didn’t seem so good.

As she taught school and as she herself went back to school and earned a degree at age 57, the Lord was with her and she was with her Lord.  Even later in life during her years at the Sleepy Eye Care Center the Lord was with her while she helped others with her pleasant attitude.

And now, for her the evening shadows have fallen and the day has ended.  Her work on this earth is over.  What can we say?  That her life is ended? That hope is gone? That our future is bleak? No. Remember, to be with God is to have life. 

The same promise Jesus made to his disciples he made to her, “I will come back and take you to be with me that you also may be where I am.”  Jesus kept his promise.  He came back and he took her to be with him forever in that place he has prepared for her. She still lives with her Savior.  This is only possible because Jesus made all of us perfect and holy in God’s sight through his blood.

Yet, even though she remains with God, she has been separated from us.  Only her body remains.  There is sorrow and pain.  There is a hole in our lives that she once filled.  Even with the sorrow and pain and that hole, we can thank God for giving us her so that we could share a part of our life with her.

One day Jesus will keep his promise to us.  He will come to each of us so that we may be where he is.  There we will live with our Savior and with her.

Amen.

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