We often use the little word ‘If’ to preface statements that go on to express uncertainty, doubt or regret; however, there is no uncertainty about the examples in the Bible. What Jesus said to His disciples in John chapter 14, immediately prior to His crucifixion, are proof of this. He made five statements to them, prefaced by ‘If’. Let us consider two of them:
‘In my Father’s house are many dwellings, IF IT WERE NOT SO, I would have told you. I go to prepare a place for you’, John chapter 14 verse 2. In this world of broken promises, it is comforting to know that we can place ourselves in the care of One Who always speaks the truth. Jesus never holds back from us anything that is for our good. There are many dwelling places in His Father’s house and He told His anxious disciples that He was returning there to prepare a place for them. This gave them a certain hope to grasp on to. That same hope can be ours also. The promises of our political leaders change with alarming rapidity, but the promises of Jesus never change!
‘IF I GO and prepare a place for you, I will come again and receive you to Myself, that where I am, there you may be also’, John chapter 14 verse 3. To hear of Jesus’s imminent departure was, in one sense, the last thing the disciples wanted to know. Nevertheless, if it was certain that He was going back to heaven, it was equally certain that He would come back for them. Again, we also can enjoy this truth. He has given us the certainty that one day He is gong to return to take those who have trusted Him to be with Him in heaven!
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