The Reading: John 14:1-7
“I go to prepare a place for you” (v.2) RSV
Jesus ascended into heaven to be there to welcome us. He has prepared a place for us. He will come again when we die to receive us so that we may be where he is.
Some of us find it extremely difficult to go to a party where we know no one, indeed where we discover we are not even invited. But when we die the reception will be warm. We will be expected and recognised. The Host himself will greet us with God’s beaming smile.
This “place” (v.2) is described variously. In this passage the image of a Mansion is used – plenty of space and hospitality. Elsewhere it is described as a “new heaven and a new earth” (Revelation 21:1) suggesting an environment of nature and animals. Again, the image of a “City” is used (Revelation 21:10) indicating many people.
Not only has our Lord prepared a place for us, but he also will come again to take us to be with him (v. 3). When we die we will not be lost, wandering and wondering how to get there. He is the Way (v.6) and will show us the way.
St Paul explains: “When he ascended on high he led a host of captives” (Ephesians 4:8). Our Lord will save us from “this body of death” (Romans 7:24); our captivity to sin will be ended, and in the twinkling of an eye” (1 Corinthians 15:22) we shall be changed. Hallelujah, what a saviour!
Thank you that heaven is big enough to include me, and broad enough to include all sorts. Amen.
1 Whom did Jesus stand to receive into Heaven?
2 Do all enter heaven?
John 5:28-29, Matthew 25:45-46