LESSONS FROM THE LORD’S DEPARTURE
Scripture Reading: John 14:1-3 Let not your heart be troubled: ye believe in God, believe also in me. In my Father's house are many mansions: if it were not so, I would have told you. I go to prepare a place for you. And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again, and receive you unto myself; that where I am, there ye may be also.
While preparing for His departure from His earthly ministry, Jesus reminded Peter and His disciples to not be troubled in heart. The remedy was to believe in Him as in God the Father. When asked what one must do to do the works of God, Jesus declared, "The work of God, that ye believe on him whom he hath sent. John 6:29." Although the disciples were sad, this was not a time of fear and dread. Every statement of the Lord teaches in power. Now is the time for all followers to be fully persuaded that He is the Son of God and to put all confidence in Him.
Jesus had to leave in order to fully carryout the will of God and His Exit had to be via The Cross. His Ministry had now reached the "once for all" stage point in which the whole world would be forever impacted from above. In keeping with His comforting words, He began to describe His Father’s house. In spiritual context, He is describing Himself and His Body in the Spirit. Many mansions! He is not solely describing a place where He’s taking a People naturally but rather who we are in Him. Does Christ reside within your heart? Have you ever known a king to live in anything less than a mansion? We are His house. We are holy and blameless because He prepared Himself a Place for us through obedience unto death, even the death of the Cross. God dwells with His people and we in Him!