“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. And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come back and take you to be with me that you also may be where I am.” (John 14:1-3)
The setting of today’s passage is the final days of Jesus’ life on Earth. Jesus has shared some confusing statements about how he will soon be betrayed by one of them, treated unkindly, how he would be crucified, and depart this world. So for the disciples it is a time of uncertainly, confusion, anxiety, even fear (John 13:22). Recognizing their distress, Jesus offers these words, “Do not let your hearts be troubled. You believe in God believe also in me” (John 14:1).
Jesus then shares a tremendous promise to encourage their hearts. He shares that although he is going away, the purpose of his departure is to prepare a home for them in his Father’s house that he might one day return for them so that they may be with him forever. He exhorts them to believe in him and to set their hearts on his promise.
After Jesus rose from the dead he was speaking to them on the Mount of Olives. As he challenges them to take the Gospel to the world, he begins to ascend to the sky until he's hidden by a cloud. It's the last time his disciples would see him on earth. At that moment, angels suddenly appear to remind the disciples of the promise in today’s text, “This same Jesus, who has been taken from you into heaven, will come back in the same way you have seen him go into heaven.”
Jesus' promise to return for us is unequivocal and certain. He will return one day. The only question is, “Will he be returning for you?” Are you prepared?
Question: Is this promise yours? Have you placed your faith and trust in Jesus as your personal Savior and Lord?
Challenge: If not, do so today for “Today is the day of salvation” (2 Corinthians 6:2), and “there is no other name under heaven given to mankind by which we must be saved” (Acts 4:12).
Prayer: Lord Jesus, come quickly!
Rob Crose -- BC Staff