You will look for me but will not find me, and where I am you cannot come.”
[John 7:34 NET]
He was going to a place into which only His friends could come, only the good, those who belonged by renewed life to His kingdom.
Jesus says this same word to all who reject Him now as Saviour and Friend.
Heaven is represented as a city with walls. Walls mean exclusion. There are some who will be shut out of that holy place. But there are twelve gates by which to enter the heavenly city. These gates into the holy place where Christ is are always open, not shut by day or by night.
Christ does not want men to be kept away from Him; He wants them to come to Him. Every voice of the gospel bids them come. But there is no way of getting to Christ where He is but by being like Him.
The unholy cannot find their way to Him until their hearts have been changed. The only way to make sure of being with Christ in blessedness is to accept His grace and love in the “little while” that He stands before our doors. Then we shall be forever with Him, and nothing shall ever separate us from Him.