Passage: John 14:1-2
As He shares the Passover meal with His disciples, Jesus is fully aware of the suffering that lies before Him. He is also conscious of the fact that the world of His disciples will be turned upside down in just a few short hours.
For this reason, He speaks words of encouragement and comfort to them.
“Let not your heart be troubled.”
Jesus knew at this moment the disciples were deeply troubled in their souls – Peter has just been warned he will deny Jesus three times that very night – so He urges them to “stop being troubled” and to place their confidence and faith in Jesus and His Father.
“In my Father’s house are many dwelling places.”
He then turns their attention to Heaven along with the assurance His Father has many permanent residences waiting for those who trust in Him. I love how one version of the Bible translates this idea:
“There is more than enough room in My Father’s home.” It beautifully expresses the expansiveness and largeness of the heart of God that He has plenty of room in Heaven for everyone who willingly turns to Him in repentance and faith.
“I go to prepare a place for you.”
“You have a home in My Father’s Heaven,” says Jesus. “Do you think I am lying about this? The whole purpose of what I am about to do is to make it possible to prepare a place for you there!”
Many years ago, Keith Green introduced his song, “I can’t wait to get to Heaven” with these words:
“If this world took six literal days to create, and if Jesus has been building Heaven for two thousand years, then hey man – we’re living in a garbage can compared to what’s goin’ on up there!”
It may not be great theology, but I do like the sentiment he was trying to express!
The Father’s home for you is a place of safety and peace…
There is plenty of room for you in the Father’s home…
Jesus’ death and resurrection has secured a place for you in the Father’s home…
Come home to the Father today.
What does home mean to you?