2 In My Father’s house there are many rooms, if there are not, I would have told you. I am going there to prepare a place for you.
Perhaps we can assume that when Jesus spoke about His Father’s house He was referring to Heaven, instead of the temple in Jerusalem. There were many rooms in the earthly temple, but not enough to accommodate all who went to worship.
However, in our Father’s Heavenly home there is more than enough room for everyone who confesses that Jesus is their Lord and Saviour.
W Barclay informs us that different people have given different ideas as to what is meant by the ‘many rooms’.
Some have said that when we die we go to a home that is determined by the manner in which we have lived in this life. The more righteous we have lived, the better our Heavenly accommodation. Conversely if we have lived a sinful life, then we receive a poorer kind of dwelling.
Others have said that upon dying the soul of a person progresses through various stages of Heaven. Our starting point being determined by how we have lived on earth.
These are suggestions that come from both the Greek and Jewish world.
However, Jesus does not make any mention of these theories in His conversation with His disciples. He simply stated that there are ‘many rooms’. The Greek meaning is that there are plenty of rooms.
This means that there is never going to be a shortage of rooms in Heaven. We will not find that the Heavenly accommodation is fully booked, or over booked. Since the heart of God is for all to repent and be saved, He has made sure that there is a multitude of homes in Heaven.
Through the prophet Ezekiel God brought these words to His people:
“As surely as I live, says the Sovereign LORD, I take no pleasure in the death of wicked people. I only want them to turn from their wicked ways so they can live” – chapter 33.11 (NLT). Therefore, there are more than enough rooms in our Father’s house for all who turn to Jesus and receive Him as their Lord and Saviour.
Our straightforward understanding of what Jesus said would seem to be that He is the One who prepares our Heavenly home, a home that is prepared in His grace and love.
When Jesus told the parable of the labourers hired to work in the vineyard, the point was that they all received the same wage, no matter how long they had been working. Perhaps in the understanding of this we see that all the Heavenly homes are the same.