Jesus spent every single day with a group of men He called friends. They talked together, ate together, played together, worked together, laughed together. Then He told them that He was going away. Their reply? “We don’t know where You’re going, but we’re going too! We don’t want to be away from You!” (John 13:31-38). Can you hear the surprised panic in their voices and see the fear in their eyes?
Jesus then shared what have become some of the most loved words in the Bible to many people. Let not your heart be troubled; you believe in God, believe also in Me … I go to prepare a place for you. And I will come again and receive you to Myself; that where I am, there you may be also (John 14:1-3).
Their best Friend was going away, but He said they needed to trust Him. Trust Him for what? Trust that He’d come back to be with them! When He came back, they’d be together forever. Which of us doesn’t want to be with our best friend forever?
The promise Jesus made to His disciples is a promise He makes to us. One day we’ll be with Him. He hasn’t forgotten about us. In fact, He’s busy building a future for us right now. A future where we’ll live with Him forever. An eternity in Paradise with Him.