Let not your heart be troubled: ye believe in God, believe also in me. In my Father’s house are many mansions: if it were not so, I would have told you. I go to prepare a place for you. And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again, and receive you unto myself; that where I am, there you may be also. John 14:1-3 KJV
We all look for a new place to live at some point in our lives. We start out small and move into larger homes and then as the children move out, we think about downsizing. As we age, one story homes look more appealing. We need a yard for the dogs and grandchildren but not too close to the road for safety. Carpet is recommended for older dogs so they don’t slip and hurt their legs on the hardwood floors.
Will the dogs lend new meaning to the title “mud room?” Will we ever find the perfect house that meets all our specifications? Will the house be suitable for our forever home?
In John 14, Jesus is comforting his disciples. He throws around words like mansions, rooms and dwelling places. The King James Version uses mansion which is defined as a dwelling or an abode. Jesus tells us that there is room in heaven for us and he is going to prepare a place for us so that we can be there forever with him. He promises us that if he goes away to get our home ready, he will come again to take us to be with him.
This conversation is taking place before Jesus’ death, resurrection and ascension into heaven. The disciples are listening and probably not understanding quite as much of the teaching as they would like. Jesus promises to prepare a place for each of us. He has provided the entrance to heaven and our eternal dwelling place by dying on the cross. His shed blood assures us a home in heaven with Jesus when we accept his perfect sacrifice.
Jesus is now making his abode in the believer’s heart by his promised Holy Spirit. In Acts 1:9-11, Jesus ascended back to his Father. The angels verified what Jesus tells us in today’s scripture, that he will come back just as he left. He promised to come back for us so that we will be with him in the place he has prepared.
I am not too worried about whether I have a mansion or a small room in heaven. It is enough to know that we will forever be with the one who died for you and me. With Jesus as my real estate agent, I know that all my specifications will be met and my perfect forever home will exceed my expectations.