There is order in God's universe. There are first and second and third; there are cause and effect. There was a reason why the Messiah appeared not immediately after sin appeared, but 4,000 years later; and there is a reason why his second coming is delayed. There is no delay like man's delay - from weakness. The necessary preparations are going on for the glorious consummation. Christ's work has not ceased. His glory is his grace, and he guides all things in his providence for the full development of that grace. We know nothing of the detailed character of the work he is performing in heaven. We only know he is preparing a place for his own, that he is in the presence of God for us, and that he ever lives to make intercession for us. Something has to be done in the other world before we can go there. We cannot imagine how or in what respect the place is prepared, because we can have no conception of the contents of the other world. All we can know is, that preparation is being made, and that Christ is making it.
We are accustomed to say that space and time are conditions only of our finite and composite natures. Whether this be so or not no man can tell. It is a transcendentalism that it is folly to talk about Time and sense are absolute necessities to our thinking. Every conception of our minds is formed on these as a foundation, and we can have no idea of God himself except as in time and space. Hence we must, whether we will or no, take the word "place" in our text literally. Even if it be not literally a place, we must think of it as a place, for we cannot think of it in any other way. Nor did Christ say, simply, "I go to prepare for you."
What a place that must be which Christ prepares ! It must be a place where every purified desire of the heart shall have perpetual satisfaction. The inner soul longs for happiness; it is only the outward and changeable sense that would dictate its form. That it is a pure and holy place and that it has Christ in it, is enough. We know the delicious contents of the vessel, if we do not know the shape and color of the vessel.
What a comfort and joy the thought, that Christ is preparing our place. God's consolations are not like men's mere soothers of a troubled mind, but seeds of positive and independent joy. God's grace comes with a set-off that belittles the earthly care and sorrow. If a soldier in the ranks is wounded, it is one thing to apply soothing cataplasms to stay the pain; but it is a grander thing and a better thing for his general to come to him and bestow upon him the title rank, and insignia of a high officer. "To depart" is "to be with Christ;" this is the "far better" of the apostle. - by Rev. Howard Crosby, D. D.
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