Advent: December 6

John 14:1-6

‘Do not let your hearts be troubled. You believe in God; believe also in me. My Father’s house has many rooms; if that were not so, would I have told you that I am going there to prepare a place for you? And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come back and take you to be with me that you also may be where I am. You know the way to the place where I am going.’

Thomas said to him, ‘Lord, we don’t know where you are going, so how can we know the way?’ Jesus answered, ‘I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.

When I was younger, I thought that what Jesus was offering in this passage was a room in a hotel, and there’s one for each of us who put their faith in him. I’m not sure what use we’ll have for rooms in heaven. Would it be a single room? We won’t have any need for storage – as the treasure we store up in heaven won’t need to be kept in a chest; there’s no need for a bed, a chair or a television. Will there be a shower room – I think not. It’d be a very empty room!

I have enjoyed the airport lounge before we’ve flown off on our holidays, though that’s a short-lived extravagance. I wouldn’t want to live in the lounge. Perhaps we should look upon what Jesus is offering more as a reservation than a room. Jesus tells us he is going to prepare our place, though it’s more about being with him than being in a room.

So how do we get there, to where Father God is? asks Thomas, ever wanting it in black and white. Where’s the map, the transport? Jesus tells Thomas that he, Jesus, is the jet plane, the pilot, the navigator, and the cabin crew. He’s also your passport, visa and travel documents. Climb aboard Jesus. Have a safe flight!

How do you know that you have a reservation?

If you are not sure, then do you intend to do anything about it?

What treasure have you stored in heaven?

Father God, I have my ticket, a first-class VIP one way voucher for the journey and the stay. The voucher is written in blood, the life-blood of Jesus, who paid the price so that I could be free in this life and go free to the next. Thank you for sending Jesus. Amen.

Bound for glory