John 14:1-4 – “Let not your heart be troubled; you believe in God, believe also in Me. 2 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. 3 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. 4 And where I go you know, and the way you know.” NKJV
The Bible frequently reaffirms our hope that the Lord Jesus Christ will come again to receive us to our eternal home. When the crowd gathered outside Jerusalem on the day of our Lord’s ascension and they watched Him caught up into the clouds I can only imagine what they thought. As they stood there watching Him ascend, two angels appeared and said, “Men of Galilee, why do you stand gazing up in to heaven? This same Jesus, who was taken up from you into heaven, will so come in like manner as you saw Him go into heaven.” Simply, He is coming back like He said!
There is no ambiguity in the promise of Jesus in John 14 it is crystal clear. He said, “If I go…” and we know He went. He is now in heaven and preparation for our arrival is either underway or has been completed. His promise was, “…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.” What a promise! What a hope! What a future!
In the Father’s House there is a place for us to reside eternally. We are truly sojourners and pilgrims passing through this world on the way to our eternal abode. Hebrews 11 clearly reveals the mindset of the patriarchs of faith. They had the promise in their hearts and although those promises had not become natural physical realities they embraced them and owned them. Their confession was they were temporary dwellers on earth and looking for a city and in the eyes of their faith they saw that city and longed for it.
This world is not getting better as some would have us believe. Mankind is not becoming better he is plunging deeper and deeper into depravity. We are in or nearing what the Bible calls “The Last Days” where evil will become more and more pronounced. It is becoming a very dark world and many believers are crying, “Even so come Lord Jesus” longing for an escape from the destruction that is before us. How long will He tarry? I do not know but I know that His promise to come back is sure!
That promise is the foundation for us to “not let our hearts be troubled.” We believe in God. We believe in the Lord Jesus Christ. We can trust His promise and face whatever comes with confidence that we will never be forsaken and that we can stand and rise victorious for when the enemy comes in like a flood God raises up His standard against that enemy. In the end, we win!
I have a sense in my heart that the coming is not far off but I also remember that one day with the Lord is as a thousand years and a thousand years as one day. He is not upset by that which causes us consternation and has never operated by our time tables or in our time frames. His is an eternal calendar and an eternal clock not a man-made division of time.
May the Lord stir our hearts with confidence and hope knowing that He is coming back like He said! God bless you as you go through this wonderful day!