TFTW | Preparing A Place
March 26, 2013
“Do not let your heart be troubled; believe in God, believe also in Me. In My Father’s house are many dwelling places; if it were not so, I would have told you; for I go to prepare a place for you. If I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again and receive you to Myself, that where I am, there you may be also.” — John 14:1-3 (NASB)
Last week, while I was away on a few days of R & R, I was asked to also “recce” (short form for reconnaissance) a potential venue for a church camp. I checked out the suitability of the bedrooms, conference rooms, facilities and the restaurant, and of course, the price.
What I did seems to be the pattern of all groups. People need to be sure that all amenities are to their liking before making any commitment. The words of the travel agent alone don’t seem to be sufficient.
Jesus said to His disciples, “In My Father’s house are many dwelling places…I go and prepare a place for you…” I wonder if the disciples saw it as Jesus going to “recce” the place for them? No, He doesn’t have to do that.
Rather, Jesus had been preparing His disciples for His going away but they did not seem to understand. In one instance, when Jesus told them that He would “…be killed and be raised up on the third day” Peter even rebuked Him for saying such
a thing (Matt. 16:21-22)
The disciples were not prepared to “lose” Jesus. So, Jesus had to comfort them. “Let not your heart be troubled; believe in God, believe also in Me.” Then He spoke of the dwelling places in His Father’s house.
Jesus did not have to go “recce” the place. What is assuring is His Father’s house has many dwelling places. As the words of the hymn reminds us:
There’s room at the cross for you,
Tho millions have come,
There’s still room for one.
Yes, there’s room at the cross for you.
This whole week we will be remembering events of Passion Week. Jesus indeed died on the cross for our sins. And yes, even the doubting disciples saw and believed that He rose again three days later.
But the greatest assurance was, “And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again and receive you to Myself; that where I am, there you may be also.” The event of which Jesus was speaking we call the “rapture”. It is when He will come to take His saints to be with Him forever.
People go to camps because they trust the report of the organisers (in their finite wisdom) who have “recced” the camp venue. Do you trust the word of the infinite Jesus?
Make this year’s passion week a very special one for you. Many who have trusted Jesus as Saviour for many years, must also believe that He will come again. “When will that be?” you ask. We do not know. His coming is imminent, meaning there will not be any announcement. How prepared are you for Him to come even today?
If you have not yet asked Jesus to be your Saviour, the hymn reminds us:
Tho millions have found Him a friend,
And have turned from the sins they have sinned,
The Savior still waits to open the gates.
And welcomes a sinner before it’s too late.
Won’t you open your heart to Him today?
Thought For The Week (TFTW) is contributed by Dr Koh Siang Kiang, Associate Professor (Christian Education) at the Singapore Bible College (SBC). She graduated from SBC and Dallas Theological Seminary (DTS), USA, and has served in various ministries for more than 35 years, including teaching at DTS. Dr Koh has been with SBC for the last 10 years, and has a passion for people and teaching the Word of God. She also loves to make the Bible come alive by leading tours to the Holy Land, and has led 12 such trips. To help her relax, Dr Koh likes to cook and cross-stitch.