3 And if I go and prepare a place for you I will come (I come) and take you to be with Me, so that where I am you may also be.
In 1972 we moved from Anerley in South London to Hook Norton, to serve the churches there and at Bloxham (North Oxfordshire). Before we moved the churches made us welcome by decorating the Manse to prepare for our arrival.
Jesus told the disciples that He was going to prepare a place for them and that He would come and take them to be with Him.
When Jesus said this some of the disciples may have fleetingly thought of earlier when Jesus had sent two of them to get the Upper Room ready for them so that they could celebrate the Passover together:
- And He sent two of His disciples, saying to them: “Go into the city and you will meet a man carrying a jar of water. Follow him.” – Mark 14.13-14.
It was customary amongst the Jews for someone to go on ahead and prepare lodging for the rest of the group. This was what those two disciples did.
Therefore, when Jesus said that He was going to prepare a place for them and that He was going to come back for them, their minds may have been thinking that Jesus was talking about some earthly place that He was going to get ready for them, a place of safety and away from the hands of the Jews who were determined to arrest Him and have Him killed.
We have the benefit of being able to look back on these events and know that Jesus was speaking of our future eternal destiny with Him and the Father.
These words of Jesus were spoken to the disciples, assuring them that their future was to be with Him. We know that He was speaking in the eternal sense. Whether the disciples understood this we may not know.
At that moment their re-assurance was that they were to rest in the knowledge that wherever Jesus was going He was coming back.
All who receive Jesus as their Lord and Saviour have the same assurance.