John 14: Together and mixed together
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Continuing on the subject of the last chapter, Jesus comforts His disciples as He prepares for His departure. In a matter of 24 hours He would be taken prisoner, judged by an illegal tribunal, severely punished and crucified as a criminal. Such brutality would cause a great shock to His disciples, besides fear for their own lives. That’s why the main idea here is to strengthen them for what’s to come.
He begins to mention that He will go to the Father, and that this time they wouldn’t be able to accompany Him, but that He would prepare a house for them and that He would return to get them soon. This language may seem a bit strange and meaningless, but not to the disciples. That’s because Jesus was referring to the custom practiced by bridegroom’s before marrying their bride, in accordance to Jewish weddings then.
During their engagement, the bridegroom prepared a room for their honeymoon. By custom, this room would be built inside his father’s house. The nuptial chamber, as it was called, had to be a beautiful place he would take his bride. The bride and groom would spend seven days there. The room would have to be built by the specifications of the bride’s father. The guy would only be able to come together with his bride when his father allowed it. If someone asked the groom when was his wedding day, he would reply: “It’s not for me to know; only my father knows.”
Just as the bridegroom tells his bride that he’s preparing a place for her, Jesus said to His disciples: “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? 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.” (John 14:2,3)
What a comfort it is to know that at this very moment God is preparing a place for us to be with Him! That’s why a Christian should live every day as a bride who awaits the great day of her wedding. Exercising faithfulness, obedience, and readiness – because only the Father knows the date and hour.
Another noteworthy thing that Jesus emphasises in this chapter is the unity and equality between Him and His Father, the Father and Him, as well as He and those who practice His words. “The Father is in me, and I am in the Father, and We are in you who have My commandments and keep them. And as proof of this, I asked my father to give you the Holy Spirit to be with you always.”
It’s really like a marriage: the two become one flesh. If you accept to marry God, He will live with you and mix together with you, and you with Him, starting off here on earth through the Holy Spirit and then for all eternity.
That’s living by faith: joining God in such a way that the difference between us is gone. Those who see us, see God.
Have the people looking at you seen God?