“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 to Myself; that where I am, there you may be also.”
Jesus is explaining to His disciples that He would soon be returning to heaven, but He would not do so without leaving the disciples some hope. When the faithful pass from this life, they are destined for a dwelling place that has been prepared for them ahead of time. We have an everlasting inheritance reserved in heaven for us that is incorruptible and does not fade away (1 Peter 1:4).
Compare this promise with something analogous in the world: Buying a new home. In this process, you purchase a home in a development that is underway, with a completion date given to you at the time the contract is signed. You then plan for the move-in date by selling your existing home or giving notice to your landlord. As the move-in date approaches, you are informed that there are construction delays, and you find yourself without a place to live for a time. Eventually you move in, only to encounter construction and finding defects that you report to the builder. At some point, these defects are addressed, and your new home is deemed “perfect,” but unfortunately, the home has already begun its slow process of decay and rot, as all things on earth do. And this, fellow saints, is the best comparison to our heavenly home that the world offers, for the world cannot offer any lasting hope.
Only Jesus can offer a lasting hope to this world. We have hope in cleansing from sin and hope in life after death. We have an eternal home awaiting us that is perfect in every sense of the word. On top of that, we will join our Savior, see Him face to face, worship, and spend eternity with Him.
Waiting with hopeful anticipation,
Pastor Jeff Mericle