The place prepared for you

2003/06/16

When he says I prepare a place for you, He is talking about a marked off area, a dwelling, a district or a village. Metaphorically it speaks of an opportunity an occasion for acting! I have prepared a place for you
Apostle Andre Pelser
2003/06/16

John 14:1-6
?Let not your heart be troubled; you believe in God, believe also in Me.2 ?In My Father?s house are many mansions; if it were not so, I would have told you. I go to prepare a place for you.3 ?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.4 ?And where I go you know, and the way you know.?5 Thomas said to Him, ?Lord, we do not know where You are going, and how can we know the way??6 Jesus said to him, ?I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through Me.

The Greek word for mansion is ?mone? and it simply means a dwelling place or abode; metaphorically it speaks of the Holy Spirit indwelling believers. We are His dwelling place. The word ?mone? comes from the root word ?meno? that infers a sojourn or tarrying. There is a sense of never leaving again pointing to a continual presence. Once the Holy Spirit takes up his residence in our human spirits He will never leave or forsake us!

?Hetoimazo? is the word used in Greek for ?preparing?. The Orientals had a custom of sending someone ahead of a king to prepare the way and to make the way smooth for the king. The messenger would make all the necessary preparations and get everything ready; he would even prepare the minds of men and women to receive the king with a reception fit for a king!

Jesus in his humility takes on the role of such a servant when he says to us, ?He has gone to prepare a place for us? a mansion!? Who would not want a mansion to live in? Especially if that mansion is prepared especially for you! The one who goes to prepare it knows exactly what you like and what you prefer and he knows your taste and your style. Imagine what it would be like if you walk into your new home and find everything to your satisfaction ? and what is more you did not have to pay for it! What a joy!

Therefore He says do not let your hearts be troubled.

When he says I prepare a place for you, He is talking about a marked off area, a dwelling, a district or a village. Metaphorically it speaks of an opportunity an occasion for acting! He prepares a company of people who will receive you for He has prepared their hearts to welcome you!

Do not let your heart be troubled. The Greek word tarasso has a wider meaning than our word ?troubled?. Jesus is actually telling you not to allow inward commotion to disturb your quietness of mind or take away your equanimity. Do not let the enemy?s suggestions bring doubt and fear into your mind. Do not let the storms of this life make you anxious. Christ is in your life?s boat with you and His Holy Spirit will never leave nor forsake you, remember, He has made His permanent abode with you and He will lead and guide you into all truth and show you things to come!

Although this prophetic utterance of Christ has a future fulfilment it also has a present reality to it. He says ?that you may be where I am!? The ?I am? is the name God gave Himself when Moses asked who He was. I am refers to our God who is omnipresent and always ready to help us.

John 8:58
58 Jesus said to them, ?Most assuredly, I say to you, before Abraham was, I AM.?