“Father, I will that they also, whom thou hast given me, be with me where I am; that they may behold my glory, which thou hast given me: for thou lovedst me before the foundation of the world.” —John 17:24
The whole of this sermon through, I want to show you that it is right that we should part with our brethren and joyfully permit of their going home; and surely I may at once ask you— What can be more right than that children should go home to their father? From him they came, to him they owe their life; should they not always tend towards him, and should not this be the goal of their being, that they should at last dwell in his presence? To go away from the Father and to live apart from him is the sorrow of our fallen nature as it plays the prodigal; but the coming back to the Father is restoration to life, to peace, to happiness. Yes, all our hopeful steps are towards the Father. We are saved when, by believing in the name of Jesus, we receive power to become the sons of God. Our sanctification lies in the bosom of our adoption. Because Jesus comes from the Father and leads us back to the Father, therefore is there a heaven for us. Wherefore, whenever we think of heaven let us chiefly think of the Father; for it is in our Father’s house that there are many mansions, and it is to the Father that our Lord has gone, that he may prepare a place for us.
Charles H. Spurgeon (1834-1892)
Delivered Sunday Morning, March 21, 1886
at the Metropolitan Tabernacle, Newington
Metropolitan Tabernacle Pulpit, Vol. 32, Sermon No. 1892
“Why They Leave Us”