This is the first thing Jesus says to the remaining 11 disciples after the Last Supper and Judas’s departure. This first verse of John 14 is part of what is referred to as the Johannine Farewell Discourse composed of Chapters 14-17. There are distinct components of the Discourse.
As one can imagine, after a dinner table squabble and being told that your Teacher will not be with you much longer, a need for reassurance and peace is in order. So Jesus lets them know that he is going to prepare a place for them and will return for them in the future. As I’m writing this, I think of The Supremes singing:
You’re far away from me my love
And just as sure my, my baby
As there are stars above
I wanna say, wanna say, wanna say
Yes we will, yes we will
(Say, someday, we’ll be together) Some sweet day
I know, I know, I know, I know
In this story and now, Jesus is assuring us of the presence of God in him and the works through him, our unity. And we will not be left alone. I know there are days when I really need this assurance. “If in my name you ask me for anything, I will do it.” Believe.
What do you need to believe and hold on to at this moment?
I look forward to exploring this with you at 10 am on Sunday, at 1130 Balclutha or on Zoom.
Rev. Michael Cronin