“This is eternal life, that they know God” (John 17:3)
In a story called “The Fugitive,” by the Indian Author Tagore, the father comes home from the funeral rites, and his boy of seven stands at the window with eyes wide open and a golden amulet hanging from his neck. The boy is full of thoughts too difficult for his age. The father takes him in his arms, and the boy asks him, “Where is mother?” The father answers, “In Heaven,” pointing to the sky. The boy raises his eyes to the sky and long gazes in silence. His bewildered mind searches long into the night, asking the question, “Where is Heaven?” No answer comes, and the stars seem like the burning tears of that ignorant darkness.
Apparently, the disciples of Jesus were asking the same question, and in the Fourteenth Chapter of John’s Gospel, Jesus speaks to the very point. He says, “In My Father’s house, there are many mansions (or rooms, or more accurately, perhaps, more resting places). I go to prepare a…
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