John 14:1-4

Jesus was so frank in those final hours before the cross.  He told the disciples so much in such a short time that I am sure they were overwhelmed and a probably unable to process everything completely. 

There they were, enjoying a wonderful Passover meal together , when suddenly Jesus begins talking about betrayal and His blood being poured out for many.  He tells Peter that he will deny knowing Him three times.  And that the rest of them will fall away too. 

And then He tells them that they cannot follow Him where He is going now (John 13:36b).

It almost seems like too much.

They need to know He’s not abandoning them.  They need to know that their faithfulness to Him matters.  They need to know that He is coming back – for them.

And so Jesus tells them about the place He is preparing for them.

The Twelve were not theologians, executives, or men of great influence.  They were “unschooled, ordinary men” (Acts 4:13). 

But Jesus tells them that there is room for them in His Father’s house. 

And I don’t know about anyone else, but that is one of the most precious things to me about the Gospel. 

There is more than enough room.

For addicts and thiefs.  For liars and failures.  For the inarticulate and the illiterate.  For the rejected and the downcast. 

Jesus has made a place – not just for a ragtag group of fisherman and tax collectors with hot heads and sordid pasts – but for anyone who would believe in and follow Him. 

And though they may never find a place on this earth where they feel like they belong, there is One who is busy making a place just for them. 

He wants them there.  He wants them to be with Him.   

Their rejection here is meant to be a reminder that they’re not home yet.

“There is more than enough room in my Father’s home.  If this were not so, would I have told you that I am going to prepare a place for you?  When everything is ready, I will come and get you, so that you will always be with me where I am.”  (John 14:2-3, NLT)