Jesus answered, “Will you lay down your life for me? Truly, truly, I say to you, the rooster will not crow till you have denied me three times. Let not your hearts be troubled. Believe in God; believe also in me. In my Father’s house are many rooms. If it were not so, would I have told you that I go to prepare a place for you? And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again and will take you to myself, that where I am you may be also. And you know the way to where I am going.” (John 13:38-14:4)
Where I AM You May Be Also
The Bible was first divided into chapters by Stephen Langton around the year 1228. Verse division would come much later. While the chapter and verse divisions are a helpful tool in studying scripture, at times there is an unhappy break in thought or conversation that can lose the impact of the text. Jesus observed the Passover feast with the twelve and supper being ended, the Lord washed the feet of His disciples. Judas will be identified as a betrayer of the Lord and leave to carry out his treason. Unknown to the remaining eleven, Jesus will be arrested that night and the next day die on the cross. The Lord speaks of His glorification and His departing but where He is going the eleven cannot come.
Puzzled by what the Lord was saying, Peter, asks Jesus where He is going. Jesus tells the impetuous fisherman that where the Lord is going, he will not be permitted to go at this time but at a later date, Peter will understand. Still confused, Peter asserts that wherever Jesus goes, he will go and no matter what happens, Peter declares he will die for the Lord. It is then Jesus tells Peter that his faith will be tested shortly and that before the dawning of a new day, the courageous Peter will deny Jesus three times. This would startle Peter and it seems the other ten are concerned with what has been said. Jesus reassures Peter and the other apostles not to be troubled but to believe in God; believe in Jesus and everything will be okay.
The apostles did not know Jesus would be dead in less than 24 hours. Jesus had repeatedly told them He must go to Jerusalem, suffer many things, and be killed but He would rise on the third day. The purpose of the glorification of Jesus was to die for all men so that through the resurrection of the Son of God from the dead all men would have an avenue of grace to approach the throne of God. Jesus was not going to build a mansion for each person in Heaven. It has been assumed through popular songs that every child of God has a mansion their own. This is not what Jesus is teaching Peter and the apostles. Jesus is going away so that He could prepare a way of salvation for all men to join Him to worship around the throne of the Father. The proper understanding of the text is in the dwelling place of God ample space is provided for all who will be saved to abide, dwell, and inhabit eternal life.
Jesus was going to prepare a place so that all men could come and be with Him. He tells Peter that he will not be able to go where the Lord is going at this time but through the sacrifice of Jesus, Peter and all humanity would be able to come and dwell with Jesus and the divine of eternity. The Lord wants to dwell in fellowship with His people. Through the death of Jesus Heaven is opened for the blood of Christ to cleanse all men from their sins ushering them into the presence of the Father. The ‘I AM’ of Jesus is to let all men know what is provided by His death. Jesus says, “WHERE I AM” pointing the way, the truth, and the life to all who would come. There is no other way because Jesus is the only one who died for all men. Jesus is the only truth because His death fulfilled the work of the Father. No other life will give man eternal glory but the life found in the I AM of the Son of God.
Jesus died so that you could dwell with Him. He suffered immense pain beyond the scope of human understanding allowing you to approach the throne of God. There is only one place that eternal life is found and it is where Jesus is. He left heaven so that we could enter heaven. Jesus gave His life so that we could live in Christ. The Son of God went to prepare a place for us so that we could be where He is. He stands at the door and knocks. Will you let Him in?