- There is room for you. In my Father’s house are many rooms. If it were not so, would I have told you that I go to prepare a place for you? Jesus has promised to prepare a place for them. Which means that they are perfectly safe. Maybe not physically safe, bad things can happen. But they are ultimately safe, because God has room for all of those who trust in him. In my Father’s house are many rooms, many dwelling places. Older translations say mansions here, and that’s because how this word was translated into Latin and how the Latin then influenced early English translations. The idea, though, isn’t a disconnected dwelling. It’s all part of the Father’s house.
- The second promise is that Jesus will prepare a way. Again, these disciples will all fall away over the course of this night. They will all fail. We all stumble and fall, we all are continually finding ourselves indulging our sinful desires. How can we, these walking embodiments of failure, be brought into the house of the Holy God? How can the Righteous Judge make room for us in his eternal house? Because Jesus, the Son sent by the
- The third and crucial promise we see here is that Christ will receive his own to himself. There is debate over these verses as to just what Jesus is talking about when he says I will return to take you to myself. Is this the moment of death, a rapture at the end of the church age, the second coming in glory? I lean toward that middle option as the main reference, but the point of the text is not a timeline. The content of the promise is not mark your calendars, the content of the promise is mark my words: I’m not leaving you. There is a sense is which he doesn’t leave at all because of the gift of the Spirit. But even in the sense of his physical presence, his absence is temporary. He will come and receive his own. He’s been telling them that he has a place for them, but in this statement the emphasis shifts from place to person. He is coming for them. He will receive them. He is the one who will take hold of them, that where he is they may be also.
This is the Christ who beckons us to come. Had the disciples better understood the Father, they would have grasped who he was at an earlier state. But even though they were slow to grasp, he was patient. He says from now on, I think speaking of his coming death, resurrection, and exaltation, you do know him and have seen him. This is a stunning claim Jesus makes. That in Christ the Father has made himself known, not just intellectually, revealing truths, but personally. You have seen him and know him. Do you know that you can know God in this way? You can see him in Christ. You can know him through Christ. Jesus has not simply made a way to God. Jesus is the way to God. Trust him, believe him, follow him.