Looking at the manor house at Stanton reminds us of what Jesus said about the rooms in His Father's house: "In my Father's house are many rooms; if it were not so, I would have told you. I am going there to prepare a place for you." To our human minds, the palatial mansion at Stanton with its three-story gatehouse is grander than grand, but it helps us to appreciate the picture of heaven that Jesus has given. And yet, heaven is so grand that it is impossible to describe!
Imagining all the grand occasions held at that mansion, can you also imagine being on the guest list? Can you imagine riding in a carriage through the grand gate, and arriving in front of the manor house? The cream of society, lords and ladies, dressed in their finest would be consorting with you! But while you're imagining so much finery and beauty, try to compare it to the glories of heaven. Paul repeats the words of the prophet Isaiah when he says: "As it is written: 'No eye has seen, no ear has heard, no mind has conceived what God has prepared for those who love him'." Heaven is about celebration, and praise, and relationship with God!