John 14:2-6 KJV
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 unto myself; that where I am, there ye may be also.
4 And whither I go ye know, and the way ye know.
5 Thomas saith unto him, Lord, we know not whither thou goest; and how can we know the way?
6 Jesus saith unto him, I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me.
John 14:1-6 NIV
1 “Do not let your hearts be troubled. You believe in God[a]; believe also in me. 2 My Father’s house has many rooms; if that were not so, would I have told you that I am going there to prepare a place for you? 3 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. 4 You know the way to the place where I am going.”
5 Thomas said to him, “Lord, we don’t know where you are going, so how can we know the way?”
6 Jesus answered, “I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.
Jesus would soon be completing His earthly mission and returning to the Father in heaven, so He offers words of encouragement to the disciples with a primary message. The message is that Jesus is the way to the Father.
However, Jesus also speaks to them about heaven and death. In doing so, He offers peace and comfort to His disciples. The same peace and comfort, is given to us as followers of Him.
In telling them that He will be going away, He tells of the many mansions or rooms in His father’s house.
Why would Jesus tell them this?
He is telling the disciples that there will never be a “no vacancy” sign in heaven. There is room for all believers from the beginning of time.
Jesus was born in a manger because there was no room in the inn for Joseph and Mary.
Luke 2:7 KJV
7 And she brought forth her firstborn son, and wrapped him in swaddling clothes, and laid him in a manger; because there was no room for them in the inn.
This will not be the case for the children of God. Our room in heaven will be ready and waiting.
Jesus told the disciples that he is going ahead to prepare a place for them. Jesus was saying “trust Me.” Jesus said there is ample room in my Father’s house for all and I am going to prepare a place for you.
However, He says, I will come again to receive you unto myself.
You see, Jesus is telling them, as well as us, that death and our journey to heaven are part of His plan.
He says “if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again and receive you unto myself, that where I am, there you may be also.”
How Do We Get There?
Jesus then tells them that they know the way to this place.
However, Thomas expressed doubt and confusion. He says we don’t know where you are going, so how can we know the way?”
Jesus says “I am the way, the truth and the life and no man cometh unto the Father but by me.”
The master plan of God brought forth the “New Covenant” at the appointed time. Under this covenant, God will forgive all of our sins if we accept Jesus as our Savior, repenting of our sins.
God will honor His covenant promise because the blood of His son paid our sin debt, if we accept Him as Lord.
Our part of the covenant requires acceptance of Jesus, repentance of sin and obedience to the teachings of Jesus.
We don’t need a map or directions to find our heavenly home. Likewise, we cannot buy or work our way into heaven. Jesus says I am the way and there is no other.
There is no other name under heaven whereby we can be saved.
Acts 4:12 NIV
12 Salvation is found in no one else, for there is no other name under heaven given to mankind by which we must be saved.”
Metaphorically, Jesus is the bridge between us and God, that will take us to heaven. He is the only way.
THERE IS ROOM AT THE CROSS
In closing, there is a great song titled “Room At The Cross For You” written by Ira F. Stanphill. Take a look and read carefully the first verse and chorus below;
The cross upon which Jesus died
Is a shelter in which we can hide
And its grace so free is sufficient for me
And deep is its fountain as wide as the sea.
There's room at the cross for you
There's room at the cross for you
Though millions have come, there's still room for one
Yes there's room at the cross for you.
There will always be room at the cross, because there will always be room in heaven for each of God’s children. Jesus said “in my Father’s house are many mansions.”
At the appointed time, Jesus will send the angels, or come with the angels to take our soul/spirit home to be with Him, where He is.
There will be no sleeping in the stable or waiting outside for a vacancy.
How do we reserve this mansion in heaven? By accepting Jesus as our Savior, repenting of our sins and living a life of obedience to His teachings.
If we do these things, Jesus says He will come again and receive us unto Himself, so that we may be where He is.
As a child of God, we have a place that is prepared and waiting. A place that is beyond our imagination or ability to conceive.
Jesus is the way, the truth and the life.