April 23, 2020
Jesus Brings us to the Father
Devotional by: Chris Coleman
“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?... I am the way, and the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.” ~ John 14:2, 6
Can I be honest with you? I live my life in a sort of organized chaos. I’m a creative! That’s the excuse I give most often anyway. The true cause of my semi-chaotic existence likely lies somewhere between creativity and misplaced priorities.
The chaos I’m willing to live in can make hospitality a challenge. Giving someone a ride often requires a quick trip to my car to clear the passenger seat of a book, two coffee mugs, and at least one musical instrument. I have to prepare my vehicle for a passenger. That preparation usually consists of quickly throwing all those items to the back seat while I glance apologetically at my patiently waiting passenger.
Jesus tells us something about his preparation for us in John 14. Like me, he is preparing a place for his guests. Unlike me, his preparation is marked by an eternity of forethought. Jesus is not sweeping his Father’s house in panic while we patiently wait at the door. He’s gone before us to prepare a place that has room for untold multitudes of his people. He has planned this preparation far in advance of our arrival.
What Jesus says next is what I find most stunning about this passage. Jesus knows that, despite his invitation and preparation, you and I will willfully lose our way as we look for this place he’s prepared. So Jesus does the one thing that only He can do. He does the one thing that must be done for you and me. He comes and finds us.
Jesus provides the way, the directions, and the transportation necessary for us to experience the place he’s prepared for us with the Father.
Passages for Further Study
1 John 5:20