A House for a King


If money were no object, what kind of home would you live in?


There’s an old hymn, seldom heard today, but running through my head this morning. The chorus of “Out of the Ivory Palaces” by Henry Barraclough reads:

Out of the ivory palaces,
Into a world of woe,
Only His great eternal love
Made my Savior go.

The Second Person of the Godhead not only enveloped His eternity in the frail flesh of a Baby, but made a sovereign choice to be born in a lowly Bethlehem cave kept for animals (Luke 2:7); not in a palace fit for a King. Why?

Throughout the years of His earthly ministry, Jesus spent His time in the homes of friends like Lazarus (John 12:1) or Peter (Matthew 8:14). Why? One day as Jesus journeyed, a man approached to become one of His disciples. Lord, I will follow You wherever You go. And Jesus said to him, “Foxes have holes and birds of the air have nests, but the Son of Man has nowhere to lay His head” (Luke 9:57-58).

Then again, when He had died on the cross, two of His followers requested His body for burial. The final resting place for His corpse was to be in a borrowed tomb (Matthew 27:59-60). Even in death, the Prince of Life (Acts 3:15) had no place to lay His head; no home to call His own. Why?

On the night before His death, Jesus comforted His disciples with these words: In My Father’s house are many mansions; if it were not so, I would have told you. I go to prepare a place for you. And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again and receive you to Myself, that where I am, there you may be also (John 14:2-3).

If going to Heaven is about living quarters and seeing our relatives, why not just give us Heaven on earth? A home is about who is present, not what it looks like or how it is built. Heaven is about being in the presence of God, forever.


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