When everything is ready, I will come and get you, so that you will always be with me where I am.”
[JOHN 14:3 NLT]
It’s Not an Empty Promise
This is the promise of Christ: “Don’t let your hearts be troubled. You trust God, now trust in me. There are many rooms in my Father’s home. . . . If this were not so, I would tell you plainly. When everything is ready, I will come and get you, so that you will always be with me where I am” (John 14:1–3 NLT). . . . He promised not just an afterlife, but a better life.
“There are many rooms in my Father’s home, and I am going to prepare a place for you.” We Westerners might miss the wedding images, but . . . Jesus’ listeners didn’t. This was a groom-to-bride promise. Upon receiving the permission of both families, the groom returned to the home of his father and built a home for his bride. He “prepared a place.”
By promising to do the same for us, Jesus elevates funerals to the same hope level as weddings. From his perspective the trip to the cemetery and the walk down the aisle warrant identical excitement. . . .
Both celebrate a new era, name, and home. In both, the groom walks the bride away on his arm. Jesus is your coming groom. “I will come and get you. . . . ” He will meet you at the altar. Your final glimpse of life will trigger your first glimpse of him.
But how can we be sure he will keep this pledge? Do we have any guarantee that his words are more than empty poetry or vain superstition? Dare we set our hope and hearts in the hands of a small-town Jewish carpenter? The answer rests in the Jerusalem graveyard. If Jesus’ tomb is empty, then his promise is not.
Father, you have given us so many precious promises. One of the most blessed is the promise that you are preparing a heavenly home for your children. When we face our final days on earth, we can rest assured that you will keep your pledge to take us home. We set our hopes and hearts on you, Lord. It will be not just an afterlife, but a better life, amen.
And they will see the Son of Man coming on the clouds of heaven with power and great glory. And He will send His angels with a great sound of a trumpet, and they will gather together His elect from the four winds, from one end of heaven to the other.