What Jesus Meant By ‘if I Go and Prepare a Place for You’
“Judaism sees parents and offspring as bound to each other not only for practical or humanistic reasons, but also as a way of honoring God.”
Many times, the bible depicts extended families remaining close to each other such as Noah and his sons and Jacob and his boys. Jesus goes to prepare a permanent place for the disciples; not just a house, but a home where they will remain together forever.
In John 14:23, Jesus refers to that home using the Greek word “monen” for “abode.” Sounds familiar, doesn’t it? An abode is where one abides; rests; remains:
Abide in me, and I in you. (John 15:4)
Paul wrote in Ephesians 3:14-17: I bow my knees before the Father, from whom every family in heaven and on earth is named.
The family home is a real dwelling place in Heaven. One also abides in Christ. Brian Hedges writes that to abide means to “be united to Jesus (connection), to rely on Jesus (dependence), and to remain in Jesus (continuance).”
What Kind of Place Does Jesus Prepare for You?
This article explains that “In Bible times men did not build houses with the idea in mind that most of their daily living would be spent inside them.” Instead, Jewish families spent much of their time outside of the house and only rested there. “The average home of the common people was a one-room dwelling.” The outside was unremarkable because “the Hebrew word bavith and the Arabic word bait mean primarily a "shelter." A Jew “always considered himself ‘a sojourner in the earth.’”
And here we learn that “In the ancient culture, a father's house was where the extended family lived. Rooms were often added on as the family grew through birth and marriage.”
The Father’s house has many “rooms” or “mansions” and is a place of permanent dwelling. Revelation portrays a city of regal beauty:
the holy Jerusalem, [...] like a most precious stone, [...] clear as crystal (Revelation 21:9-11)
The foundations of the wall of the city were adorned with numerous colorful stones (Revelation 21:19-20)
Nothing can match the glory of this heavenly realm, and this is the home where Jesus went to prepare a room for us. No one who lives here will ever want to leave. To abide in Heaven is to fulfill one’s purpose: living life in eternal devotion to and worship of Christ.
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