John 14.3 cont.
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.
Verse three has been understood in various ways.
On the face of it Jesus tells the disciples that He is going away to prepare a place for them, and that He is coming back again, and that He will take them to be with Him where He is.
We have seen that it is possible the disciples may have understood this purely as Jesus locating a place on earth for them. They may have thought it could have been in or around Jerusalem, or it could have been out in the Judean country, or even in Galilee. However, we do not know if they thought this.
Other suggestions as to what Jesus meant include His leaving them through His dying on the cross, and returning to them after His resurrection.
Other thoughts look beyond His ascension to His returning to receive them to Himself when they died.
Still others explain these words as Jesus referring to His presence amongst them within the Church.
It is also suggested that Jesus may have been referring to His coming again at the end of the age, when He returns in all His glory.
Perhaps we can see that all of these explanations, with the exception of the first one, do have some validity to them, because all of them are true.
We know that Jesus rose from the dead and showed Himself to His disciples, before His ascension.
We know that Jesus showed Himself to more than five hundred of those who followed Him, which was after His ascension, and that He also showed Himself to Paul (formerly Saul).
We also know that Jesus is with us today, through the Holy Spirit.
We know that when we die Jesus comes to take us to be with Himself.
We also know that Jesus is coming back on the last great Day, the Day of the Lord.
Jesus tells us in these words that our future with Him is secured, for which we must give Him the praise and glory.