Everyone recognizes the brilliant physicist Albert Einstein and his famous equation E = mc2 (even though many of us have no clue what it means). The story is told that while traveling on a train, Dr. Einstein was unable to find his ticket when the conductor came by. He frantically looked in his pockets, briefcase, seat beside him, but to no avail. The kind conductor reassured him, “Dr. Einstein, I know who you are. We all know who you are. I’m sure you bought a ticket. Don’t worry about it..”
The conductor continued down the aisle and then turned to look back before passing on to the next car. He was horrified to see the great physicist down on his hands and knees looking under the seat! Rushing back quickly, he reassured, “Dr. Einstein, Dr. Einstein, don’t worry, I know who you are. No problem. You don’t need a ticket. I’m sure you bought one.”
Albert Einstein responded, “‘Young man, I too, know who I am. What I don’t know is where I’m going.”
As followers of Christ, who have confessed our sin and turned our lives over to the Lord Jesus Christ, our destiny is eternity. We know where we are going. Jesus promised us in this week’s text in John 14
“In my Father’s house are many rooms; if it were not so, I would have told you. I am going there to prepare a place for you. And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come back and take you to be with me that you also may be where I am. You know the way to the place where I am going.” John 14: 2-4
This passage reassures us that no matter what comes, we can walk in peace because we know how it all ends.
Living in this world does sometimes brings trouble – angst, anxiety, worry. But Jesus gives the opposite. Our life in Him brings HIS peace.
This world is not the end all for the follower of Christ. This is just a shadow of what will be. We do have sweet times of blessing and joy with each other, with our family, and with the body of Christ. But none of that will compare to what it will be like in heaven when we are worshiping Jesus and freed forever from the struggles and challenges that come with this world.
We can walk in peace now because then we will be with Him!
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