When Jesus’ betrayal and death were getting closer, he started to prepare his disciples for what was going to happen. They wouldn’t accept that he was going to die, but the talk made them sad in any case. And Jesus comforts them that this is not the end for him, and he will see them again. Next time, though, when he comes, he won’t be just visiting our home. He will come to take us to his home. He’ll come for us, and take us into his glorious, perfect, eternal, heavenly home.
“Let not your hearts be troubled. Believe in God; believe also in me. 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? And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again and will take you to myself, that where I am you may be also.” (John 14:1-3)
When Jesus went to the cross, and to the grave, he went to secure a heavenly place for us. Because he bore the punishment for our sin, we can look forward to life in God’s house, as one of the family. And nothing can take that away from us, because it’s already paid for by the blood of Christ.
And having prepared that place, secured that place, he promises to come again and take us to it. And he promises that the place prepared will not only be a heavenly home, but that he will be there
This Christmas, as we remember Jesus’ first coming, don’t forget to lift your eyes to his second coming, and your homecoming (if you trust in him). “In the bleak midwinter” that should warm our hearts and encourage our souls.