“Let not your hearts be troubled: ye 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 a place for you, I will come again and receive you unto myself; that where I am, there you shall be” – John 14:1-3
LIGHT FOR NOW: The day you believe in Christ, he indwells in you.
Jesus intent for teaching them was for them to believe in him. It can be said from verse 1 that believing in him (Christ) will be to believe in God. This was the essence of John’s synoptic account (John 20:31). To understand our opening text, key words ought to be examined. The word, house in verse 2 from its root word implies an abode; Jesus’ discussion was about a dwelling or a family. That is, the father’s dwelling will be in his people. The word, ‘mansion from its root word implies a place of residence or an abode. Hence, Jesus was referring to a definite abode. Thus, the word, ‘mansions’ can better be understood as ‘dwelling places’. Thus, verse 2 can be understood as ‘in my father’s family/households, there are many dwelling places’. In other words, the dwelling places will be the father’s abode. That is why he said in verse 2b …. I go to prepare a place for you. The phrase, ‘I go’ implies to depart, go away, to take a journey. In context, Jesus used this figuratively to teach an activity or an event he was going to do. That was why he said in verse 3: “And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again and receive you unto myself, that where I am, there ye may be also”. This is consistent with how he used the phrase in John 16:7; 28. Therefore, the statement ‘I go to the father to prepare a place’ will also involve him coming again and receiving them unto himself.
Now, what was the reason for his going? The reason for his going in line with John 14 was for him to come again unto them, so that where he is, we (believers) will be also. Jesus explained further in John 14:16-20. In verse 16, Jesus said when he goes to the father; he will pray the father and he shall give them another comforter that he may abide with them forever. In verse 17, he referred to him as the spirit of truth… who dwells with them and shall be in them. The question is who presently was dwelling with them? Jesus!!! Thus, His going to the father also involves the spirit coming to dwell in them forever. And this is him (Jesus) coming again to them. Verse 18 says, “I will not leave you comfortless… I will come to you”. In other words, the statement he made in verse 3 was referring to the indwelling of the spirit. Thus, his coming again to them was to be in them. So Jesus was with them physically and upon his resurrection, he (Jesus) came into them by his spirit. Thus the believer is the indwelling place of the father because of the Holy Ghost which is Jesus in every believer. Hallelujah!!!
INSTRUCTION: Jesus has never left you. He lives in you.
PRAYER: Father I thank you for making me part of your family in Christ. Thank you for indwelling me with your spirit, in Jesus Name. Amen.
QUOTE: You are the father’s indwelling because Christ lives in you.
DAILY BIBLE READING: MORNING: JOHN CHAPTER 14; EVENING: JOHN CHAPTER 16