Let not your heart be troubled: you believe in God, believe also in me.…
Let us consider —
I. THE TRUTH DECLARED. Consider the Father's house —
1. In its majesty and greatness. It is the abode of the great King; where He holds His court, surrounded by all the angels and sons of light.
2. In the right which our Lord here supposes we have to it, But how shall guilty and polluted man hope for admission there? His right is, it is Christ's Father's house. We go there by the invitation of the Lord of glory; we go there by the bidding of Him who is the Heir. "Ye are Christ's." "Heirs of God and joint heirs with Him."
3. In the vastness of its dimensions. Christ, who will "bring many sons into glory," hath for these sons many prepared and furnished mansions. Christ's mansions, like Christ's heart, will be found to be full and large, and ready to embrace every humble, penitent and believing soul.
4. In its everlastingness. "Hitherto ye have dwelt in tabernacles; then ye shall enter into the everlasting mansions," into "a house not made with hands, eternal in the heavens."
5. In its unfailing certainty. "If it were not so, I would have told you."
II. THE PURPOSE AVOWED. To "prepare a place." Were not those bright walls built before the birth of time? Did not the turrets of those everlasting mansions glitter before the first sun rose upon the hills? Yes, but these mansions were prepared for men who knew no sin. Our Lord says, "I am going, so that when these seats are sprinkled with My sacrificial blood, and when your hearts are sprinkled with that blood too, He that sanctifieth and they that are sanctified, being all one, may sit down together, and I go to keep possession, to preserve the place in continual readiness for your arrival."
III. THE ASSURANCE GIVEN. "I will come again," etc. See how large and full is the love of Christ. After having shown us the house, and opened the house, and prepared the house, will He then leave us to ourselves to come afterwards? No; He says — "I will come and fetch you. Will forsake the companionship of these immortals that now surround Me, 'and I will come and receive you unto Myself.'"
IV. THE CONSUMMATION TO BE ATTAINED. "That where I am, there ye may be also."
(D. Moore, M. A.)
Parallel VersesKJV: Let not your heart be troubled: ye believe in God, believe also in me.