A Mansion Over the Hilltop: Heaven

A Mansion Over the Hilltop: Heaven
March 20, 2022
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Passage: John 14:1-6
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This morning we're going to talk about Heaven, a mansion over the hilltop. Have you thought about where you will go when you die? Jesus said in John 14, He was going to prepare a place.

  • John 14:1-6

Jesus says that where we are going is to His Father's house in which there are many mansions. Sometimes, we get the idea that a mansion is a large home with many rooms on the top of a hillside.

A mansion today is quite different from a mansion from 1611 when the King James Bible was translated.

  • Many mansions - KJV
  • Many rooms - ESV
  • Many dwelling places - NASB 1995
  • More than enough room - NLT

There was plenty of room for everyone, is what He is saying. This word translated as, mansion, is only found in one other place.

  • John 14:23

It is translated as abode here. It implies that we are going to be with God and He will be with us.

From the Greek word for mansions, 

"primarily "a staying, abiding"...; denotes an "abode" (Eng., "manor," "manse," etc.), translated "mansions" in John 14:2; "abode" in John 14:23. There is nothing in the word to indicate separate compartments in heaven; neither does it suggest temporary resting places on the road. The Greek word is primarily a staying or abiding, (Vine's Expository Dictionary of Bible Words).

As defined in Webster's Dictionary it is any place of residence, a house, a habitation, the house of a lord over a manor, a residence. Primarily the word refers to a dwelling place or a residence. 

In old English, it refers to a place to dwell or remain. The word, mason, as in one who builds with stone, is related. The homes or dwellings built with stones were permanent dwelling places. They were not temporary like a wood home built with thatching and straw. The word mansions indicate that Jesus went to build us a permanent residence, not buildings to dwell in. 

We're familiar with the lyrics of the song: A Mansion Over the Hilltop.

"I've got a mansion just over the hilltop

In that bright land where we'll never grow old" — Ira F. Stanphil

Jesus made this promise a long time ago and not just to the apostles but to all who would be Christians.

Jesus knows He is going to leave the apostles. They're about to see Him mocked, beaten, and crucified. These chapters, 14, 15, and 16 are Jesus' words of comfort for His apostles to help prepare them for the impending disappointment and heartache. He says, "Let not your heart be troubled..." But, he goes on to give them some things of comfort for the coming sorrow. 

What do these chapters mean for us today? He's not here with us today, physically. Yet, we see our Lord's name slandered, taken in vain. We see Him mocked. These words can also be words of comfort for us today. They can help prepare us for the trials and suffering we face in this life. 

Jesus Speaks of a Place: Heaven

Jesus speaks of a place. 

  • John 14:1-2

He goes to prepare a place for you. He went to Heaven, to His Father's house to prepare a place for us. His Father's place in Heaven.

The Father’s house is Heaven.

  • Psalms 53:2

Heaven is God's home. It is where His throne is found.

  • Matthew 5:34

That is where we will dwell with Him. We will go to His place. He will not bring His place down to the earth. We will go there to be with Him. Heaven is God's abiding place.

Refers to a house not made with hands.

  • 2 Corinthians 5:1

It is a real place, a place we can see by faith. It is a spiritual place, it is not physical. When Jesus said place, He meant an actual dwelling place, it is not just a place in mind. It is real, as real as what we are experiencing on earth, but, it is a spiritual place.

Heaven is a real place.

  • 2 Corinthians 4:8

Real people go to Heaven.

  •  Genesis 5:24
  •  2 Kings 2:11

We see Heaven is a real place where real people God. Jesus promises us that we too can go there if we are faithful people. He said, "I go to prepare a place for you." If you are faithful you can insert your name there.

Will we know each other in Heaven?

We're going to have a different kind of body in Heaven. Will we know each other?

If we don't know each other, death will be a final separation. This idea gives an implication that on the day of judgment we will be complete strangers. We wouldn't have comfort in Heaven if we don't know each other. It takes away some of the joy of going there if we don't know each other in Heaven.

  • 2 Samuel 12:23

David, states he shall go to his child. He takes comfort in this. He mourned while the child was sick, but once the child passes, he takes comfort in knowing he will go where his child is.

  • 1 Thessalonians 2:19-20

Our glory and joy are in being together in the presence of Jesus Christ, in Heaven. Will we know each other in Heaven? I think the Bible teaches that we will.

Christians Rejoice! Your name is in the Book of Life.

  •  Philippians 4:3

We ought to rejoice in our names being written in the book of Life. Jesus speaks of a place for real people. He speaks of a place that He went to prepare.

Jesus Speaks of a Preparation Made in Heaven

  • John 14:3

God has made preparation.

Before time began.

  • Ephesians 3:10-11

It was an eternal purpose before time was created. He prepared a plan, for Christ to come to be the propitiation for sin, from the moment of the first sin.

  • Genesis 3:15

The seed of the woman, here, is Christ. That same promise of the seed was given to Abraham.

  • Genesis 22:18

God began putting the plan in place. This preparation was put into effect from eternity and began to be put into effect from the moment of the first sin.

  • Galatians 3:16

The seed of the woman, that would crush the works of the Devil, the seed of Abraham, is Jesus Christ.

  • John 3:16

God has made preparation for our Heavenly home before time began.

Jesus has made preparation by dying for our sins.

  • Hebrews 9:28
  • 1 Peter 3:18
  • Matthew 26:28

Jesus made preparation for us, for that home in Heaven, by dying for our sins.

Jesus has made preparation for Heaven by establishing the Church.

  • Matthew 16:18

The rock was the statement that Peter made that Jesus is the Son of God. He established the church, He bought it with His blood, He purchased it with His own blood.

  • Acts 20:28

We were not redeemed by corruptible things, like gold and silver. We are redeemed by the blood of Jesus Christ.

  • 1 Peter 1:18-18

He has made preparation for us by the shedding of His own blood.

The Holy Spirit has made Preparation.

Inspired the Word of God.

  • 2 Timothy 3:16

The word inspiration means breathed out. It was breathed out by God, through the word of the Holy Spirit. It was given by direct word to the apostles to write out.

The Holy Spirit, by the Word of God, makes us complete.

  • 2 Timothy 3:17
  • 2 Peter 1:3

The Father made preparation having a plan from eternity that began to be put into effect from the first sin. ...

All three persons of the Godhead worked from eternity to make preparation.

Jesus Speaks of a Path, a Way to Heaven

  • John 14:4-6

Jesus said I AM the WAY. 

He uses the Greek word, Ego eimi, meaning, “I and only I am the way…”

None other but He can offer what He offers. He is the way, to Heaven. There is no other way but by Jesus.

  • Acts 4:12

He says, that He is the way to Heaven.

Jesus says I AM the truth.

In its fullest form, He is truth.

  • John 1:17

Truth will set us free.

John 8:32

Truth is sanctified in God’s Word.

  • John 17:17

Jesus says I AM the LIFE.

From eternity, He is the life.

  • John 1:1-4, 14

Jesus is the life.

He says I Am, the resurrection and the life.

  • John 11:25-26

He offers eternal life to all who obey Him.

  • Hebrews 5:9

Jesus is the Creator and preserver of life.

Each of us today, who are Christians, has that mansion over the hilltop waiting for us.

Heaven: A Mansion Over the Hilltop

There is a place waiting for us. We can be sure it is there. Jesus left this earth. Now we have a place eternally. Preparation has been made and we have a path revealed in God's Word.

Heaven is Described for Us

  • 1 Corinthians 2:9

We can't know what Heaven is really like. It's hard for our finite mind to grasp the spiritual. When we see a description in Revelation of Heaven, it is described in earthly terms. It isn't to be taken literally but is meant figuratively to give us a glimpse.

  • Revelation 21:1-2; 10-14

It is a place prepared, as a bride prepares.

  • Revelation 22:1-2

Heaven is a beautiful place far beyond anything we can understand with our finite minds. It is a place of comfort where we will dwell with God, Christ, and others who have gone before us.

Do you want to go to Heaven? Do you believe the place is there? Have you made Preparation?

God has prepared it for us, Christ has prepared it for us, the Holy Spirit has prepared it for us. Do you want to go there?

Are you on the right path?

There are two paths, one leads to life eternal, the other leads to damnation eternal.

You can become a Christian, believe in Jesus, repent of sins, confess His name, and be baptized for your sins to be forgiven and walk on that path toward Heaven.

If we can help you in finding Heaven we invite you to contact us.

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