In “Are you ready for Jesus?” Jefferson Vann explains that “Are you ready to die?” is the wrong question.
John 13:31-33 (JDV)
John 13:31 When he had exited, Jesus said, “Now the Son of Man is made glorious, and God is made glorious in him.
John 13:32 If God is made glorious in him, God will also make him glorious in himself and will make him glorious at once.
John 13:33 Children, I am with you a little while longer. You will look for me, and just as I told the Jews, so now I tell you: ‘Where I am leaving for, you cannot come.’
Lots of people think they will see Jesus when they die. They think that all they have to do is shuffle off their mortal coil and they will immediately be glorified and stand in the presence of God. But Jesus explains in this passage that even his followers are not quite ready for God’s presence. We will one day stand in God’s presence, but some things have to happen first.
- Jesus has to die on the cross (check)
- Jesus has to be raised from the dead (check)
- Jesus has to prepare a place for us (14:2-3) (currently happening)
- Jesus has to come back for us (14:3) not yet!
Don’t rush the plan of God. Put your hope in the blessed hope: the second coming of Jesus. Death is not the answer to your problems. Jesus is. Are you ready for Jesus to return?
Lord, come quickly. We want to be with you.