Posted February 19, 2020
"In my Father's house are many mansions: if it were not so, I would have told you. I go to prepare a place for you. And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again and receive you unto myself; that where I am there ye may be also." John 14:2, 3
Saying good-bye is always hard.
That's especially true for those who love each other.
It's part of dying, it's separation.
The bleakness of such a moment is felt when you leave loved ones behind and move away. A congregation and minister encounter that pain when it's time for farewell. Parents stand helplessly silent as their son boards the plane for battle. The tension is most acute at the bedside of our dying loved ones.
It's hard to say goodbye. We desire the presence of the person whom we love. We're afraid that we may never see them on earth again.
Our text could be called a lover's farewell.
Jesus was saying goodbye to his bride. That little band of eleven represented his church. Since he knew the pains of farewell, Jesus also knew that only one promise would console her, "I go…I will come again." To make certain that she understood, he sent angels at the triumphant moment of his ascension to re-affirm his promise, "This same Jesus, which is taken up from you into heaven, shall so come in like manner as ye have seen him go into heaven."
The Bridegroom was saying goodbye to his bride.
He was about to leave her to get everything ready for the wedding.