"I've Got a Mansion"

I invite you to join me in learning John 14. Each week I plan to learn a new verse. I will "recite" what I have learned before and give a short study of the next verse. You may email your "recitation" to me or put it as a comment below the post. I am using the KJV. If you use another, please let me know.

(without looking at my Bible)
John 14:1
"Let not your heart be troubled;
ye believe in God, believe also in me."

John 14:2
"In my Father's house are many mansions;
if it where not so, I would have told you.
I go to prepare a place for you."

"I've got a mansion just over the hilltop,
In that bright land, where we'll never grow old..."

This song pops in my head whenever I read this verse. We don't really know what heaven is like. The Greek word translated to "mansion" means "a dwelling place." Whatever it's made of, whatever it looks like, it will be wonderful.

But that's not why I look forward to heaven.

All my life, I've heard of Jesus. He has loved me and cared for me throughout the years. I know Him. I've heard Him speak to my heart and guide me. I know He is coming to take me home with Him someday. I can't wait to meet Him face to face.

That triggers another song...

"Face to face with Christ my Savior,
Face to face, what will it be
When with rapture I behold Him,
Far beyond the crystal sea!"

Are you waiting for that day?
Are you looking for your Savior to take you home?

"Maybe today my Lord will come for me;
Maybe today my Savior I shall see,
Maybe today from sin I shall be free;
Jesus will come, and I will go home,
Maybe today."

("I've Got a Mansion" by Ira Stanphil)
("Face to Face" by Carrie E. Breck)
("Maybe Today" by Frank Garlock)


Robert said...

Appreciated your post. Ira Stanphill's "I've Got a Mansion" always sounds to me a little materialistic, but there is a touching story behind it. (See my blog for today at Wordwise Hymns.) And you are right on the mark in saying that the most thrilling thing about heaven will be to see and worship our Saviour. God bless.

Yvonne said...

Thank you, Robert, for that story. I hadn't heard the story behind the song. (I think it's little materialistic too, but I still like it.) I enjoyed looking through your blog. It's refreshing to see others that still listen to and sing the old songs.


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