Jesus informed his disciples, “If I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again and will take you to myself, that where I am you may be also.” What Jesus meant by that will appear fairly apparent. With out context to assist us, Jesus appears to imply he’ll put together rooms for his us in heaven and can take us to heaven to occupy these rooms. Nonetheless, what occurs if we take into account a bit wider context?
The Street to Glory
One of many main themes of the Gospel of John is the theme of “glory.” Within the biblical context, “glory” refers to an individual’s standing, particularly a standing of royalty. When somebody is “glorified,” it means she or he is lifted up and given a royal title or place.
All through John’s gospel account, there are foreshadows that Jesus might be “lifted up” (John 8:28; 12:32) and “glorified” (John 12:16). By “lifted up,” Jesus isn’t simply talking of his ascension, but in addition his crucifixion (John 12:33). When Jesus was nailed to the cross and an indication was put above his head, studying, “King of the Jews,” Jesus had been “glorified.” He had been given rulership, authority, and dominion.
Sure, it appears fairly unusual that an execution may very well be an exaltation, however that’s how royalty, significance, and glory work within the kingdom of God. The ascent to the throne is thru the cross. There isn’t a glory, no reign, no rulership with out self-giving love and faithfulness.
Jesus knew that if he was devoted to the Father, the Father would give him glory, the Father would increase him from the useless and seat him at his personal proper hand. As quickly as Jesus despatched Judas out to betray him, Jesus stated, “Now is the Son of Man glorified, and God is glorified in him. If God is glorified in him, God will also glorify him in himself, and glorify him at once.” (John 13:31–32, ESV)
In different phrases, God’s rule and reign can be established by means of Jesus’ self-giving love and faithfulness. God can be glorified, however God would additionally glorify the Son by elevating him from the useless to co-reign with him because the “Son of Man.”
Sharing the Glory
Jesus makes it clear, all all through John’s gospel account, he got here from the Father and was going again to the Father. He was going again to share within the glory he had with the Father “before the world existed” (John 17:5).
However Jesus did all of this (got here to earth, took on flesh, gave his life, ascended to the Father’s proper hand), not so he might preserve the glory to himself, however in order that he might share it with us. Jesus prayed to the Father, “The glory that you have given to me I have given to them, that they may be one even as we are one” (John 17:22).
Jesus’ demise achieved not solely his personal glorification, however by means of him, the glorification of humanity (Romans 8:30). People at the moment are represented within the Father’s home. By the mediation of Jesus, people now reign with God within the heavenly locations (Ephesians 2:6). Jesus has made preparation for us to share in his glory.
Glory from God or Man
Let’s be certain we’re clear: The glory God provides to the “Son of Man” isn’t only for him, however for all mankind. God wishes to make all mankind co-heirs with the Messiah (Romans 8:17). He needs all of humanity to share within the Son’s glory.
Nonetheless, many individuals select to obtain rulership, authority, or glory from folks reasonably than from God. Most of the Jewish rulers believed in Jesus, however had been afraid to admit their religion, as a result of, “they loved the glory that comes from man more than the glory that comes from God” (John 12:43).
In different phrases, they’d reasonably that individuals give them authority and make them rulers than they’d obtain that honor and standing from God. Jesus, nevertheless, didn’t obtain his glory from folks (John 5:41), however from the Father. God is the one who provides Jesus authority, rulership, and glory.
A Standing Extra Than A Place
So, with the theme of “glory” contemporary in your thoughts, learn John 14:1-4:
Let not your hearts be concerned. Consider in God; consider additionally in me. In my Father’s home are many rooms. If it weren’t so, would I’ve informed you that I’m going to organize a spot for you? And if I’m going and put together a spot for you, I’ll come once more and can take you to myself, that the place I’m chances are you’ll be additionally. And also you understand how to the place I’m going.
Being within the Father’s home then, I consider, is about sharing within the Messiah’s glory, sharing in his rule and reign. It’s about having a spot in God’s household, as John stated in his prologue, “To all who did receive him, who believed in his name, he gave the right to become children of God” (John 1:12).
When Jesus speaks of getting ready a spot for us so we might be the place he’s, I don’t consider he isn’t speaking about whisking our spirits off to a different realm to have a spot up within the clouds. Jesus is speaking about bringing us into God’s household, into the glory Jesus has with the Father. I do know we sing about going “to glory,” however glory will not be a lot a place as it’s a standing.
In the future, the veil of the sky might be torn away and the Messiah might be revealed. In that day:
- we are going to “appear with him in glory” (Colossians 3:4)
- we are going to obtain the world as our inheritance (Romans 4:13; Matthew 5:5)
- we might be as Jesus is (1 John 3:2)
- we are going to share his glory beneath the supreme reign of God the Father (1 Corinthians 15:28)
Jesus has a spot ready for us, a place of glory, a standing of glory, a place of glory. He has made it attainable for us to return into the household of God and be seated—even now—with Him within the heavenly locations (Ephesians 2:6). In the future he’ll take us absolutely into that relational standing in order that the place he’s, we could also be additionally.
I like you and God loves you,