As the end of Jesus’ earthly ministry approached, He began to prepare His disciples for what was about to happen; that He would no longer be with them. He spoke to them using words such as these:
“I came forth from the Father and have come into the world. Again, I leave the world and go to the Father.” John 16:28
The only one who ever walked this earth that truly had a comprehension of the glories of heaven was Jesus. These are things beyond our ability to comprehend. We have never seen anything so beautiful as what awaits us there. Yet when He speaks of leaving this earth He doesn’t refer to Himself as going to heaven, but as going to the Father. For Jesus, who knew the reality of heaven, even greater than the splendor of the place He was returning to was the magnificence of the One He was returning to. It was never about a place; it was about a Person.
And Jesus says to us in John 14:3 “And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again and will take you to myself, that where I am there you may be also.”
Streets of gold, gates of pearl…..beautiful stuff. But I await something far more magnificent – to see the face of the One who has loved me with a love beyond anything I’ve ever known. One so perfect and holy that my mind cannot comprehend it. But one day my eyes will see Him. What a glorious day that will be.