[Jesus] went and preached to the spirits in prison who disobeyed long ago when God waited patiently in the days of Noah. 1 Peter 3:19-20 (NIV) Those who believe that Jesus preached in hell between His death and resurrection often quote the statement from the Apostles’ Creed, a great statement...
“I will come again and will take you to myself, that where I am you may be also.” John 14:3
Where there is love, people want to be together. Going away is always hard and coming back is always joyful. Coming is always better than going for people who are in love.
Jesus said, “I am going to prepare a place for you. I will come again and will take you to myself, that where I am you may be also.” This tells us something very important about the Lord Jesus Christ that we need to know. Yes, Christ ascended in glory. Yes, he is at the right hand of the Father. But his people are not yet with him.
There is a joy that Christ has not yet experienced. It is the joy for which he suffered and died, the joy that was set before him, the joy of having his redeemed people with him in glory.
But that joy is still to come for Jesus. He shall see of the fruit of the suffering of his soul and be satisfied. That has not yet happened. It will happen as surely as he rose from the dead. But it has not yet happened. And Christ can hardly wait for this joy that is to come.
Christ did not come into the world to put up more barriers to keep you out of heaven! He came because he loves you! He came to make you his own!
Are you still finding it difficult to imagine that Jesus wants you in heaven? Spend some time meditating on John 14:3.