In John 14, Jesus disciples appear worried about what will happen to them. Earlier in the 13th chapter of the Gospel according to John, Jesus tells his disciples about his impending betrayal. Jesus also gives his disciples a difficult command. He commands them to love one another.
These words are worrying. The disciples will be confronted with pain and sorrow, and at the same time, they must obey the command to love. Perhaps, sensing the anxiety of his followers, Jesus reassures them. He encourages them to keep their faith, and he promises them a room in their Heavenly Father’s house. There will be a place for them.
This dwelling place for them is promised through the way, the way of the cross, and the truth of Jesus Christ. At this time, I wonder if Jesus’ disciples believed him in his promise. Will he keep his word? Does he keep his word?
We are given the benefit of hindsight. Jesus does keep his word. He returns. He is resurrected on the third day. There is life. There is hope for all.
There is hope for all. There is a place for each of us in this world and in our Father’s Heavenly Kingdom. Each day, we must live into this promise of hope. Can we live into this promise of hope?
Perhaps the only way to live into this promise is to love, as Jesus commanded his disciples. We are to love, against all odds and through turmoil, with its moments of fear and utter joy, each and every day. That love allows each one of us to have fullness in our lives that we will find our place and total fulfillment in our Heavenly Home.