Mansions In Heaven

Frank Friedmann


In John 14:2-6, Jesus said that in His Father’s house, there were many mansions, and He was going to prepare a place for us. This unfortunate translation has left many people thinking that we are going to get a mansion in heaven, to live in for all eternity.

Hmmmmm...... Let’s ponder that together.

In securing our redemption, God became man. That is mind boggling! Then, as man, He died for our sin. Incomprehensible love!

Then, He rose from the dead and conquered the grave! Absolutely stunning!

Was all that accomplished for us, so that we can have a mansion in heaven? Is that what the cross and resurrection were all about? Living out our days here on planet earth, in faith, in the hopes that we are going to get a huge house to live in when we get to heaven? No, my friends, the “dwelling places” Jesus went to prepare for us is so much more wonderful and mind boggling than that.

Let's not trivialize the heart and purpose of the Bible in such a way! When the Apostle Paul wrote to the Philippians, he said there was "one thing" for which he pressed on in order to possess more fully – but it was NOT to get a big mansion! His "ONE THING" was to KNOW CHRIST, which is in perfect harmony with what Jesus really said in John 14.

The key to understanding what Jesus said in John 14 is to read it in light of John 13. CONTEXT!!!

In John 13, Jesus has told the disciples that He is going to go away, and they cannot go with Him. They are saddened to hear this news. They have been with God, and now God is going away. We would be saddened as well.

But then He tells them to not be troubled, because He is going to prepare a place for them, that in His Father's house are many "mansions" (John 14). When that place is prepared, He says that He will return for them again, and receive them unto Himself. So that, where He is, they will be also. The obvious heart behind this passage is intimate relationship, not a construction project.