What a ‘BLESSED ASSURANCE’ we have in JESUS!
November 3 Bible Reading: John Chapters 13-15
“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 and prepare a place for you, I will come again and receive you to Myself; that where I am, there you may be also.” (John 14:1-3)
When our Lord Jesus Christ spoke the above words to His disciples, He knew very well that in a short time He would be undergoing intense agony in the garden of Gethsemane, and facing the indescribable sufferings and death on the cross after being betrayed by his chosen disciple Judas Iscariot (13:21). On top of that, His chief trusted disciple Peter would be denying Him, not once but three times (13:38). He would soon be leaving His disciples as He returned to His eternal home in heaven (13:33). When Jesus communicated all these matters to His disciples, it is not surprising that His disciples were troubled about their dismal and darkened future (vv. 1, 27).
In order to allay the fears of His disciples, Jesus began encouraging them by telling them about His future plans and the work that He would be doing after He reaches heaven. Thus, Jesus stirred both their faith in God and in Him, which should appease any troubled heart. Jesus then told them about His impending departure, the sending of the Holy Spirit, the promise of spiritual power, of answered prayer, and of peace, but especially the promise of His imminent return. However, the most comforting ‘blessed assurance’ that Jesus communicated to His disciples was that He would be preparing rooms for them in His Father’s house in heaven and then return to take them there.
The backdrop of this assurance that Jesus gave His disciples is reflective of the process involved in a Jewish wedding. After the engagement is over, the Jewish bridegroom returns to his father’s mansion, and immediately starts constructing separate living quarters where he can spend the rest of his life with his newly engaged bride. It is the bridegroom’s father who decides when the housing project is complete and the living quarter for the new couple is ready. Upon his permission, the bridegroom returns to his bride’s house in order to bring her to place he has prepared in his father’s house for her. The bride of Jesus Christ is the universal church of born-again believers, who is getting herself ready to receive her bridegroom Jesus, who has promised to return to get her soon (see v.3; Eph. 5:23-27; Rev. 22:7).
These comforting words by Jesus are directed to all His disciples through whom He was going to lay the foundation of the church. The disciples should be comforted since Jesus was going to prepare an abode for them in heaven (“My Father’s house”), which was ‘a prepared place for a prepared people!’ The glories of heaven belong only to those who have personally trusted Christ for their salvation. All of God’s children will have secure places in heaven for them to dwell forever. As surely as Jesus went away, He will come back again soon (see 1 Thess. 4:16–18; 1 Cor. 15:51–58), and His desire is to have His own with Him for all eternity. This is the promise that brings hope to our troubled hearts!