MANY MANSIONS

Jn.14:2 – 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.

The disciples had no idea how magnificent this promise was given to them the last night they spent with the Lord before His death. He was talking about an eternal abode with Him, all they could think about was their present circumstances. Regretfully, that’s how it often is for all of us. The Lord Himself is there, making promises that will last forever, and all we can see is the immediate temporary problems that we are in. Actually, this promise wasn’t just for the disciples, this promise was for you and for me right now. Christ was preparing to enter heaven on our behalf which absolutely changes everything. Here is how Jonathan Edwards describes this verse.

“The disciples were persons of very different condition from Christ: he was their Master, and there were his disciples; he was their Lord, and there were the servants; he was their Guide, and they were the followers; “he was their Captain, and they the soldiers; he was the Shepherd, and they the sheep; [he was, as it were, the] Father, [and they the] children; he was the glorious, holy Son of God, they were the poor, sinful, corrupt men. But yet, though they were in such different circumstances from him, yet Christ encourages them that there shall not only be room in heaven for him, but for them too; for there were many mansions there. There was not only a mansion to accommodate the Lord, but the disciples also; not only the head, but the members; not only the Son of God, but those that are naturally poor, sinful, corrupt men…”

To me the most amazing thing about all of this is that Christ entered heaven for me. Heaven has been His home from eternity. He entered His creation as a man to enter into heaven as a man on my behalf. His humanity is the most incredible of all mysteries. Because He entered into heaven as a man I can now enter in as well. Heaven will be my eternal dwelling place and I will inhabit this amazing place with Christ Himself. The rest of this chapter is beyond words. He went on to describe the Holy Spirit who would come to us. He is our dwelling place now, opening up the mysteries of heaven to us.

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