Mansions in Heaven
By: Pastor Naofumi Nozawa - 8/8/12
I found this article below on "America's most beautiful mansions" on Yahoo.com. (http://homes.yahoo.com/news/america-s-most-beautiful-mansions.html) 2901 Broadway, San Francisco
"No, this mansion isn’t in Italy. But perched on a hilltop in Pacific Heights, the Renaissance-style residence was intended to look that way. Designed in the 1920s for industrialist Milton S. Ray, the home features an immense leaded-glass window, a grand reception hall and a winding marble staircase. In addition to crystal chandeliers and floor-to-ceiling windows that give way to views of the Golden Gate Bridge. The 10,000-square-foot house is listed for $34 million."
It's been a year and a half since my wife and I moved to San Francisco from a small town in Michigan. It still astonishes me when I see news articles like this one. This mansion is just around the corner from our church building, where we live. Our church is located in Pacific Heights of San Francisco. I often walk around our neighborhood and one just can't help but to notice the large and beautiful homes here. As I look at these houses, these mansions, a verse comes to my mind.
"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." John 14:2(NKJV).
The Bible says, there are many mansions in our Father's house. However, it's interesting to read this verse in the original Greek language. We don't find the word, "mansions" as it reads in many translations. The Greek word, Mone, means "dwelling places." Jesus said, "In My Father's house are many dwelling places."
I don't know how you feel when you hear Jesus say that He is going to prepare dwelling places for you. Some of us may think "Hmm, a dwelling place? Sounds like nomads living in tents/teepees. I thought we were getting mansions!"
Heaven is beyond our imagination, a dwelling place in Heaven is probably not what we are used to seeing here on earth. However, we know that when we get to heaven, all things will be new (Rev 21:5). Our "dwelling places" may not be the mansions that we think of now here on this earth, yet wonderful and even better than the pictured mansion above. After all, sometimes the most beautiful thing is the most simple, don't you think?