“Father, I want those you have given me to be with me where I am.” John 17:24 (NIV)
Jesus explained the purpose of His death and resurrection when He said, “I am going to prepare a place for you.” That’s why He went to the cross. That’s why He went to the grave. That’s why He rose on the third day.
Jesus did these things to open heaven for His people. He did it to remove all that would keep us out, all that would stand in our way of entering everlasting life. And Jesus says to us: “If I go and prepare a place for you, I will come back and take you to be with me” (14:3).
Suppose you are buying a new car and you would like a particular model, with particular options, and a particular color. So the dealer says to you, “We don’t have that one in stock right now. I can order one for you. We’ll have it transferred. It will be here in a couple of days. But I need you to pay for it up front.” If you have paid the full cost of purchasing the car, you will come back to that dealer to receive what you’ve purchased and take it home.
Jesus Christ laid down His life to purchase you. You can be certain that He will come back to take you home.
On a scale of 1 to 10—(1) Fearful that He won’t; (5) Haven’t thought about it much; (10) Confident/joyful—where is your level of confidence that Jesus is coming back to take you to heaven? Spend time meditating on John 14:3.