On the night of his betrayal, Jesus spoke these words to his disciples:
“Let not your hearts be troubled. Believe in God; believe also in me. In my Father’s house are many rooms. If it were not so, would I have told you that I go to prepare a place for you? 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.” – John 14:1-3
These words were intended to bring them and us much needed comfort, and they do. We rightly anticipate the return of Jesus and the culmination of all things as we enjoy in all of its fullness, what has been prepared for us. But what if part of that reality is intended to be more immediate than just some far off obscure day relegated to the future? What if there is both a “now” and a “not yet” in Jesus’ words?
I have long thought that Jesus’ words, “I go to prepare a place for you” have more to do with his death on a cross than him busily working away somewhere preparing a place for us to hang with him. In other words, I think his Continue reading