“In my Father’s house are many dwelling places; if not, I would have told you. I am going away to prepare a place for you. If I go away and prepare a place for you, I will come back and receive you to Myself, so that where I am you may be also.” John 14:2-4
Jesus addressed these words to 11 men who adored him, who had given up their jobs to follow him around, who had set their hopes and hearts on them. These three sentences were among some of the last words he said to them as he tried to explain to them that he would be crucified ever so soon.
They didn’t get it. They didn’t have the 2,000-year-ago perspective that we have today. In 2014, a child who attends Sunday School can tell you, “Jesus died on the cross for our sins and rose again on the third day.” But that wasn’t clear to these men, living in the moment, feeling the raw feelings before any of it happened. All they knew was that their best friend, their mentor, their hero, was talking about leaving. They didn’t know why, and they were crushed.
And so, Jesus comforted them. “I am going to prepare a place for you, and I’ll come back and get you so we can be together again. I promise.”
He promised me, too. He’s preparing me … me personally … a home in heaven. He’s getting it ready for me. And he’s coming back for me.
I am so relieved every time I can pry my thoughts off of this world and its myriad of worries and unsolvable problems that I somehow think I can solve if I just think about solving them enough … ugh. When I can stop worrying my worries and contemplating my solutions long enough to remember—this world is not my home—what a blessed relief! I just have to live here for a short time, and then Jesus will let me come live in his Father’s house—forever. With Him. All my worries and problems and contemplations are just a speck in the timeline of eternity.
Jesus is preparing my true home. I just can’t wait.