“Let not your heart be troubled; you 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 to prepare a place for you I will come again to receive you unto myself that where I am there you may be also.” - John 14:2 - 3
Remember having someone come to stay with you? Remember how you worked diligently to make the house all clean and nice for them? Remember how you wanted your home to not only be clean but to smell nice for them? Remember how you wanted everything to be perfect for them? Fresh linens on the guest room bed, scrubbed the toilet, scrubbed the tub and shower, vacuumed the rugs, swept the floors, dusted everything and made your home as clean and nice as it had ever been? You wanted to make a good impression on them. You prepared everything so that their stay was as nice as possible. You may have even taken time off of work, cleared your calendar and made no plans whatsoever in anticipation for their coming. Nothing was too much work, nothing was too good and nothing was too much trouble for your guests.
Here we see in the book of John, Jesus preparing for us. The forty lashes weren’t enough, having the skin literally ripped from his back wasn’t enough, being spit upon and humiliated in front of everyone wasn’t enough. After all of that, He went to the cross for us. Nails were driven through His hands and feet for us. He hung there on the cross, each breath excruciating for us. He hung there for hours in pain for us. He hung there until ALL of our sins were repaid. Even in death, Jesus said that He was going to prepare a place for us but, that wasn’t even enough! Jesus said that not only did he suffer and die for us, He was going to prepare a place for us AND that He would receive us so that where He was we would be also! No wonder the scriptures tell us that we can do nothing without Him!
In human terms, it would be like Jesus taking us to the airport, flying the plane that gets us to our destination. Jesus driving the rental car, picks us up at the airport and drives us to the house that he has worked and slaved to prepare for us. As if that weren't enough, Jesus escorts us in then stays there with us and invites us to dine with Him. Jesus does it all!
In other passages it talks about a marriage supper. I don’t know about you but I have a daughter that was recently married. The supper was grand and no expense was spared. We wanted the guests to be well fed, content and to celebrate with us that our daughter was married and that she had fallen in love with a young man. The marriage supper was a feast of all feasts. Yes, it was expensive but, we were celebrating so the expense didn’t matter. The guests paid nothing, everything was paid for and everything was free and meant to provide a carefree, all expense paid, celebration for the wedding.
In this day and age of protests, violence, destruction and lawlessness it's good to remind ourselves that this isn't it. This isn't all and this isn't our home. Our home is in heaven and our Savior went ahead to prepare a place for us.