Posted by: missionventureministries | July 11, 2011

TRUST IN MY PROMISES – John 14:1-3

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These are some of the most beautiful verses in the Bible. Jesus says, “Do not let your heart be troubled; believe in God, believe also in Me. 2 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. 3 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 

God gave many promises both in the Old and the New Testaments. He promised the children of Israel a land where there would be milk and honey. It took a while for the promise to be fulfilled, but it was fulfilled.

He promised a Messiah, and that took a long time. But it, too, was fulfilled. Jesus the Savior was born in Bethlehem about 2000 years ago.

In the above verses, God promises that He is coming back for us. At the appointed time, true believers will be with Him forever. This promise will soon be fulfilled, as well. 

I go to prepare a place for you – By His going is meant His death and ascent to heaven. The representation here is taken from one who is on a journey, who goes before his companions to provide a place to lodge in, and to make the necessary preparations for them. It evidently means that Jesus, by the work He was yet to perform in heaven, would secure their admission there. 

We understand from John 14:2-3 that one of Jesus’ purposes when He returned to heaven at the ascension was to prepare a place for His bride.  

Jesus was comforting his disciples by saying, I am going to be taking you to My Father’s house, and it will be your home, too. He says, “In My Father’s house are many dwelling places.” The Greek word Jesus used is abode (house, residence, quarter). The word that Jesus used comes from the Jewish custom that when a son got married, he went to his father’s house and built an additional dwelling place for him and his bride to live in before he returned to bring her home and consummate the marriage. For additional information go to: http://www.arielm.org/dcs/pdf/mbs039m.pdf

Time is short and Jesus is coming back soon for His bride. Those that have given their life to Jesus and made Him their Lord and Savior will be going to the Father’s house. We will get new glorified bodies, and we will live with Him forever. 1 Corinthians 15:50-54 tells us: “Now I say this, brethren, that flesh and blood cannot inherit the kingdom of God; nor does the perishable inherit the imperishable. 51 Behold, I tell you a mystery; we will not all sleep, but we will all (the true believers) be changed, 52 in a moment, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trumpet; for the trumpet will sound, and the dead will be raised imperishable, and we will be changed. 53 For this perishable must put on the imperishable, and this mortal must put on immortality. 54 But when this perishable will have put on the imperishable, and this mortal will have put on immortality, then will come about the saying that is written, “DEATH IS SWALLOWED UP in victory.

We can trust in the promises of God as Jesus said: “I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.” – John 14:6. What a wonderful promise! He is saying, I am not just going to show you the way, or tell you the way, or write out the instructions on how to get there. I am going to come back for you and lead you to My Father’s house. “For the Lord Himself will descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of the archangel and with the trumpet of God, and the dead in Christ will rise first. 17 Then we who are alive and remain will be caught up together with them in the clouds to meet the Lord in the air, and so we shall always be with the Lord.” – 1 Thessalonians 4:16-17

Whatever your burdens are, the solution to a troubled heart is still the same, to trust in Jesus and make Him the Lord and Savior of your life. He said: “I’ll never leave you.” Trust in Jesus’ promises.

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  1. This is truly one of the most beautiful and conforting verses in the Bible:

    Let not your heart be troubled . . . . I go to prepare a place for you. And . . . I will come again and receive you to Myself; that where I am, there you may be also” (John 14:1-3).

    Whatever your burdens are, the solution to a troubled heart is still the same, to trust in Jesus and make Him the Lord and Savior of your life. He said: “I’ll never leave you.” Trust in Jesus’ promises.

  2. Why do I hear at funerals, “He or she has gone to be with the Lord.” It is obvious that we will not go to be with Him until He returns to take us with Him. This statement would not be true if we went straight to be with Him when we die. Jesus called death “sleep”. That means we are not conscious of anything that is going on when we are dead.

    • Hi Lonnelle Harris:
      Thank you for writing and asking the question about “sleep”. Please go to the following Bible study for further explanation. THE ORIGIN OF DEATH

      The apostle Paul wrote: “To be absent from the body is to be present with the Lord” (2 Corinthians 5:8. That is the reason you hear those words at funerals – “He or she has gone to be with the Lord.”

      If you need further information please let us know and we will direct you to answers as found in the God’s Word. Blessings.


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