… I will come again and receive you to Myself, that where I am, you may be also.
— John 14:3
We are constantly looking for a place to belong. We all want a home. Even here on earth, a good home is a great blessing, and it can be a little bit of heaven. But our true home is in heaven.
Jesus said, “In my Father’s house are many dwelling places” (John 14:2). Jesus is the only one in the New Testament who refers to Heaven as a house—indeed, His Father’s house. Heaven is called in Scripture a country, a city, a garden, and paradise. But it is also a home, and this speaks to the depths of the concerns of our hearts. Home used to mean, and still does for some, a retreat from the problems of this world, a place of solace, a place where loved ones gather and have the deepest of fellowship.
But Heaven is our ultimate home—a home prepared for us by our Savior. Interestingly, He didn’t send angels to prepare it. He said, “I am going to prepare a place for you” (v. 2). The pronouns are filled with meaning. Jesus is the architect of those mansions. He is the builder of those rooms. He is the decorator, the provider of everything needful. Jesus has provided it, and not only that, but He went to Calvary’s Cross to pay for it. It is paid in full.