"A HOME UP IN HEAVEN"
"For this cause I bow my knees unto the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, of whom the whole family in heaven and earth is named" (Eph. 3:14-15)
INTRO.: A song which points out that God has a family in heaven is "A Home Up in Heaven." The text was written and the tune was composed both by R. E. Bacon. I have not been able to locate any further information about this individual. The song was copyrighted in 1943 by the Stamps-Baxter Music and Ptg. Co. and first published in their book Heaven’s Lamp. I do not know anything else about it or its background. Among hymnbooks published by members of the Lord’s church during the twentieth century for use in churches of Christ, it appeared in the 1952 Hymns of Praise and Devotion edited by Will W. Slater; and the 1963 Christian Hymnal edited by J. Nelson Slater. Today it may be found in the 2007 Sacred Songs of the Church edited by William D. Jeffcoat.
The song is intended to encourage people to have a desire to go to heaven.
I. Stanza 1 indicates that we should want to go to heaven because Jesus is there
"My Savior ascended to heaven,
A mansion for me to prepare;
He’s coming some day in His glory
And take me to dwell with Him there."
A. Jesus ascended to heaven: Lk. 24:50-51
B. One purpose for His ascension was to prepare a home for us: Jn. 14:1-3
C. Someday He is coming back to raise the dead and take His people home: 1 Cor. 15:22-23, 51-53
II. Stanza 2 indicates that we should want to go to heaven because loved ones and friends will be there
"I’ve loved ones and friends over yonder
Awaiting my coming up there,
And soon I shall join them some morning;
The joys of that home we shall share."
A. Those who have died in the Lord are already at rest: Rev. 14:13
B. Some morning, the Lord will return and we shall join them and be caught up together to meet the Lord: 1 Thess. 4:16-17
C. Then we shall share the joy of that home, having the right to the tree of life: Rev. 22:14
III. Stanza 3 indicates that we should want to go to heaven because no sickness or death will be there
"No sickness nor death there can enter;
We’ll live while the ages shall roll,
And praise the dear Savior who purchased
This wonderful home of the soul."
A. In the new heaven and new earth, that holy city New Jerusalem, there will be no sickness or death: Rev. 21:1-4
B. Rather, we shall live while the ages roll because in the age to come we shall have eternal life: Mk. 12:30
C. Then we shall join with the angels around the throne and praise the dear Savior: Rev. 5:11-12
CONCL.: The chorus by asking if we truly intend to receive the crown in heaven.
"A home up in heaven
Prepared for the pure and the true.
A crown will be given;
I mean to receive it, don’t you?"
When we are children, we can benefit greatly from the homes where we live with our fathers, mothers, and any siblings that we might have. As we grow older and establish our own homes, we can enjoy our relationships with our spouses and children. However, while we may have happy memories of these homes, they do not last forever, but must finally be broken by death. However, the child of God can look forward eternally to that "A Home Up in Heaven."