And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again and will take you to myself, that where I am you may be also.
Where was Jesus Going?
Before Calvary, Jesus tried to prepare His disciples for His eventually leaving them and returning to the Father, but clearly the disciples were troubled that Jesus was going away, and you could tell by their words. He wouldn’t have told them to not let their hearts be troubled if they weren’t already (John 14:1). Jesus told them that they knew where He was going (John 14:4), but Thomas said that he didn’t, so how could they know (John 14:5). Jesus reminded them that He is the only way to the Father and that no one can get to the Father unless it is through Him (John 14:6). Since they all knew that the “Father” was God the Father and that He was in heaven, we can see why Jesus must have known that they really knew where He was going, and that was heaven, of course.
Not Leaving Them as Orphans
As the time drew near to His departure to the cross, He wanted to reassure them in a tender and affectionate way by saying that He wasn’t going to leave them orphaned because He would be coming back for them (John 14:18). It wouldn’t be long before He would have to leave them, but it wasn’t permanent (John 14:19). That should have made them feel better, but He knew that their hearts were still troubled and that they were fearful by His leaving (John 14:27) because it wasn’t crystal clear to them why and for what purpose He was going. He reminds them again that He is leaving, but He is sure to come back (John 14:28).
Is He Coming Back for You?
Jesus says that He is coming back again someday. Immediately after He ascended, the angels told those who were watching that in the same way that He went up to heaven, He will return back from heaven (Acts 1:10-11). He is assuredly coming back again, but no one knows exactly when (Matt. 24:36), so it’s not a matter of if, but when He returns. For those who haven’t yet repented and trusted in Him, today is the day of salvation (2 Cor. 6:2). Some will come back to be in the presence of the Lord forever, and others will be separated from Him and shut out of the presence of Him and His holy angels (2 Thess. 1:9). Jesus is coming back to take you to the New Jerusalem (Rev. 21, 22). He is coming back again. Will He come back for you and be your King, or will He come back and be your Judge (Rev. 20:12-15)?
A Closing Prayer
Great God in heaven, oh Father, thank You for sending Your Son to die for me when I was still an enemy of Yours and a wicked sinner as well (Rom. 5:8, 10). Please come quickly, Lord, to take me to where You are, and in Jesus’ name I pray.
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