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"Do not let your hearts be troubled. Trust in God; trust also in me. In my Father's house are many rooms; if it were not so, I would have told you. I am going there to prepare a place for you. And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come back and take you to be with me that you also may be where I am. You know the way to the place where I am going."
What do you think Jesus is trying to tell us through this scripture?
Does anything in this scripture really stand out and/or speak to you? What?
I'll tell you that for me it makes me think of Heaven & what Heaven is like. I imagine it being beautiful, serene... me sitting at the feet of Jesus with my sweet angel baby in my arms. I also picture that I have lots & lots of children in heaven. I don't know this but speculate that I have probably fertilized a lot of eggs in my whole TTC journey but none of the eggs could implant so I do envision lots of children when I get to heaven!
What about you... what does this scripture say to you?
I also think about what Heaven is going to be like. And like you, I do think that I am going to have lots of kids there. We know that we have lost 6 babies, and honestly suspect that there have been many more early losses/chemical pregnancies. I don't think God would let me get pregnant if he weren't going to let me have that child at some point and since I didn't get to have them here, to me, that can only mean I will have them all in heaven.
John is my favorite Gospel and when reading the Bible, I think we have to know the Who, What, When, Where, and Why.
Firstly, John is probably one of the last written books in the Bible. He wrote it (John 20:31 )"31But these are written that you may[a] believe that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of God, and that by believing you may have life in his name".
The other Gospels were more contemporary to the NT church and John (the most beloved disciple) has watched the other disciples die as martyrs. We know little of John during the early church, although we do know that Jesus loved him enough to appoint him to care take his mother while he died on the cross.
John 13 is the last supper. Jesus tells of his betrayal, he has also just predicted Peters denial. He's also put himself in the position of slave and washed the feet of the disciples in order to show them how to live lives of service.
The first verses in chapter 14 are to comfort his disciples- and himself. He alone knows what that day is to bring and that he is going to die a horrible death on the cross. Peter and the disciples still believe that Christ is going to reign in Jerusalem- like militaristically. They don't understand- and perhaps couldn't understand that His church is His kingdom, and that treasures in Heaven are greater than treasures on earth- and that the will be left behind with the "great commission".
I think he is speaking in order that they might look back at his words with hindsight to understand. In John 13:7, Jesus has told them that "later they will understand". I think that these words enables this understanding since what is going to happen - what Christ knows is to happen, is so different than what Jewish tradition believed would have happened when the Messiah came.