There are so many verses of scripture that is considered by the American mind as being difficult to understand. A primary reason for this is due to the vast difference of the ancient customs to ours now.

      John 14:2 is better understood when we understand their customs. " 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."
      It was early that same day that Peter and John had gone ahead to Jerusalem to "prepare a place" for Jesus. In those days it was customary for travelers to send some one or two on head to make necessary provisions for food and shelter and "prepare a place" for those who were soon to follow.
      Remember Joseph and Mary? Because of a decree buy the government, went to Bethlehem to pay taxes. Remember there was no room in the Inn, which forced Joseph and Mary to have to "make do" in a stable where Jesus was born. There was no one to "go on ahead" to " prepare a place for Jesus' birth"!!
      How beautiful the words spoken by Jesus that night in the Upper Room, that fit into that ancient custom, "And if I go to prepare a place for you (note the repetition of affection!) I will come again and receive you unto Myself."  Christ, our fellow traveler on the highway of life who has tasted the hardship of our journey, has gone ahead to prepare a place for us!!
      We may not be able to picture all that is meant by these simple words of the Savior, but this we know: His going ahead to the Father's house above was definitely for our benefit — "a place for you" — and His present activity in the heavenly mansions, His intercession before the Father's throne, His sovereign rule over heaven and earth, and His tender care for those who have come to God by Him are all a preparation for our eternal joy and glory. Our final, safe arrival in His Father's house is the purpose of His current activity in heaven.
      What a comfort when the journey becomes hard or the way dark to know that our Brother Christ, who has gone on ahead, is preparing a place for us in the celestial mansions. Through faith in Him we shall someday occupy our prepared place in the Father's house above. A great poet wrote:
        He lives my mansions to prepare,
        He lives to bring me safely there.
        He lives to silence all my fears,
        He lives to wipe away my tears,
        He lives to calm my troubled heart,
        He lives all blessings to impart.
      He who some day will receive us into eternal glory is the same Lord who is with us now in all His grace and mercy.

     Just a Thought Across The Garden Gate by Parson Don.




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