Let not your heart be troubled; you believe in God, believe also in Me. 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. 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. (John 14:1-3)
A Really Big House
There have been billions upon billions of people that have lived on the earth since the beginning of time. Only God knows the number of souls that are born and died. When the world is destroyed, that number will be known to the Lord as all humanity stands before Him in judgment. Out of the untold numbers of people standing before God on the final day, only a small percentage will enjoy the pleasure of eternal glory and rest. Jesus startled the multitudes with the knowledge that few are saved. Most souls will be cast into the lake of fire. With the small amount of saved among the incredible number of people who have walked on the face of the earth, the number is staggering. Is there a place where all these unknown numbers of people will be in eternity? Can there be an abode large enough to house the righteous? On the night of His betrayal and arrest, Jesus comforts His disciples by assuring them God has a place fully capable of caring for the faithful.
The cross is only hours away as Jesus spends His final time on earth. He knows there will be many questions and uncertainty from the eleven as they realize the purpose of Jesus’ death and resurrection. The gospel is to be preached to a world lost in darkness, and souls will be added to the register of the saved. A little over a month later, three thousand devout Jews become the first members of the church of Christ as they obey the will of the Father. Multitudes will be added in the years to come. Over the next centuries, many more will find the grace of God and put on Christ in baptism. Before time ends and the judgment of God comes, untold multitudes will accept the message of salvation found only in Christ Jesus. Regardless of the number of the saved, God has a house large enough to house them all.
Square footage is an essential part of a house. The size of the house is necessary to know if there is enough room to live. When Jesus described the preparations made to house the righteous in eternal glory, He speaks of His Father’s house filled with many abiding places. There will be no lacking for all the righteous from the beginning of time until the last and final day. Imagine the size of the house of God. When John describes the new city in the Revelation, it becomes a city 1500 miles long, 1500 miles wide, and 1500 miles high. This is figurative language to describe the immensity of the dwelling place of God. There are no limitations. Everyone who names the name of the Lord will find the house of God fully capable of housing them. Again, these are terms to describe an eternal reality with earthy visuals.
The house of God is prepared to receive every soul that seeks the gift of God. There will be no overcrowding because everyone will find joy in the presence of the Lord. The way of salvation is what Jesus prepared at the cross. Before time began, the house of God was ready to receive the faithful. Regardless of how large that number might be, God has all the room necessary. Jesus opened the door to the house of God. Eternal life will be granted to those who have obeyed the voice of the One who is the door of the sheep. There is nothing to worry about. The house of God is big enough for everyone with room to spare. There is room for one more – you.