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Jesus Wants You There

August 16, 2018

“Father, I desire that they also, whom you have given me, may be with me where I am, to see my glory.” John 17:24

Will we see our believing loved ones in heaven? The answer is “Yes.” But here’s the bigger question: Will Christ see his believing loved ones in heaven? And the answer to that question is also “Yes!”

When Jesus was preparing to go to the cross, he prayed this prayer: “Father, I desire that they also, whom you have given me, may be with me where I am, to see my glory” (17:24). In other words, Jesus was saying, “I want them with me, and I want them to see my glory!”

Christian believer, the greatest assurance you can have of heaven is that Jesus wants you there! He went to the cross to get you there. He lives at the right hand of the Father to bring you there. And one day, when you arrive in heaven, his prayer will be answered—you will see his glory.

The apostle John says, “We shall see him as he is” (1 John 3:2). We will see Jesus Christ risen, triumphant, and victorious. That is why we will have palm branches in our hands, and why we will say with all the redeemed: “Salvation belongs to our God who sits on the throne and to the Lamb!’” (Revelation 7:10).

What does Jesus’ prayer mean to you?

The Author
Colin Smith

Colin Smith is the senior pastor of The Orchard Evangelical Free Church in the northwest suburbs of Chicago. He has authored a number of books, including Heaven, How I Got Here and Heaven, So Near - So Far. Colin is the president and teacher for Unlocking the Bible. Follow him on Twitter.

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