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I’m so glad you are here today! To get us started, I would like to tell you about a boy named Jake. Jake was about your age, and he was worried! He was so worried that every night when he went to sleep, he kept waking up to worry some more!

Why was Jake so worried? Because this was the year he was going to summer camp for the first time. Camp was a great place. It had a swimming pool, wonderful food, and all the sports Jake really liked. It had a lake with paddle boats. There would be campfires and hiking and s’mores. All kinds of very fun stuff!

But one night, Jake’s dad found Jake sitting in the kitchen with a glass of milk. It was midnight and Jake was crying. What do you think Jake’s dad said? How could Dad help Jake?

Suppose Jake’s dad told Jake that Jake’s older brother was coming home from college to go to camp with Jake. Would that change things? Suppose Dad said that Jake’s mom was going to be the camp nurse and Jake’s dad was going to be the camp activities director. Would that change things?

I bet it would change everything! I bet Jake would run right to his room and start packing at that very moment!

The day Jesus died on the cross, he hung between two criminals. At first, both criminals mocked and cursed Jesus. But then they saw how kind and good Jesus was. One of the criminals came to believe that Jesus was no ordinary man. This criminal prayed, “Jesus, remember me when you come into your Kingdom” (Luke 23:42). Jesus made a wonderful promise. He said, “Today you will be with me in paradise” (Luke 23:43). Jesus promised this criminal—a very bad sinner—that he would be in heaven! And he would not be there alone. Jesus would be with him. Do you suppose that changed things? It changed everything!

Right now, Jesus, our big Brother, is getting heaven ready for us. Even though we sin every day, Jesus tells us, “When everything is ready, I will come and get you, so that you will always be with me where I am” (John 14:3). Heaven is more wonderful than any place you can imagine! Best of all, Jesus will be there—our Friend who loved us enough to die for us! And we will be there with all those people we love who trust and love Jesus, too.

Jesus’ love changes everything: This is real love—not that we loved God, but that he loved us and sent his Son as a sacrifice to take away our sins. (1 John 4:10).

Let’s pray about that: Dear Jesus, your love changes everything! Help me to trust and love you always, so that I’m always ready for you to come and take me to my heavenly home. Amen.

 

Scripture quotations are taken from the Holy Bible, New Living Translation, copyright ©1996, 2004, 2007 by Tyndale House Foundation. Used by permission of Tyndale House Publishers, Inc., Carol Stream, Illinois 60188. All rights reserved.

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