Room for One More

The young adults Sunday School class meets in our chapel parlor. There in the parlor is a dining room table that we gather around for Sunday School. The class started out with just a few but it has slowly grown and when all of us are there, the table is overflowing. It’s a good problem to have to make room for one more at the table.

It reminds me of an old television show that I watched growing up called the Waltons. The house was filled with a family of 8 or 9 plus the grandfather and grandmother lived with them. Their kitchen table was full. But in one episode when they had company over for dinner they always managed to make room for one more at their kitchen table.

One time a teenager asked me how big is heaven? I asked them why such a question. Their response was if all the Christians of the past go to heaven, and there are still more Christians yet to arrive, is there going to be enough room for all of us when we get there. There are no exact dimensions of heaven mentioned in scriptures but there are some descriptions. Jesus said, “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 and if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again and receive you to Myself; that where I am, there you may be also." (John 14:2-3). This reminds us that in Heaven there are plenty of rooms and many mansions. The book of Revelation shows us a picture as well. “After these things I looked, and behold, a great multitude which no one could number, of all nations, tribes, peoples, and tongues, standing be- fore the throne and before the Lamb, clothed with white robes, with palm branches in their hands,” The vast amount of people from all over the world that have confessed Jesus as Lord and Sav- ior will gather at the throne of God to worship.

So, Heaven is probably bigger than we can imagine. But it brings the question, is there room for others still today to join the table? Absolutely! As I will share this Sunday, even if someone waits till their dying days to call upon the Lord, He is faithful to save them and there is a seat at the table for them as well. When the thief on the cross made his plea to Jesus with two simple words, remember me, it might have brought laughter to those who heard his request. But for that man, he found a seat at the table.

As we come to the Lord’s Table this week, we too will have time to reflect and contemplate our path and journey. We will remember what Jesus did for us and we too will think of the day we said in our own way, “remember me”. And who knows, maybe this week there will be someone who will join us that might wonder, is there room for me? As the old song says, “Tho millions have come, there’s still room for one, yes there’s room at the cross for you.”

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