John 14:3 “And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come back and take you to be with me that you also may be where I am.”

This verse should be interpreted in light of Jewish marriage customs of the time. The bridegroom would go to the the father of the bride and negotiate the price he would pay for her hand in marriage. This was called the bride price. Once the bride price had been paid, the covenant of marriage was established. At this point the bridegroom and his bride were husband and wife. Then, the bridegroom would go back to his father’s house for a year to prepare a place for his bride to live. During that time, the bride would prepare herself for marriage. She was considered consecrated, and set apart for her groom. After a year, the bridegroom would return to gather his bride and take her to her new home at his father’s house.

With that as the background, read John 14:3 once again. “And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come back and take you to be with me that you also may be where I am.” How amazing is Jesus’ love for us! He paid the bride price, He made a new covenant in His blood, He has gone to prepare a place for us in heaven, and He will return for us one day! Thank you for your unfailing love Lord. Thank you for preparing a place in eternity for your bride, the Church. Help us to be that bride without spot or wrinkle (Ephesians 5:27). We love you Lord Jesus and can’t wait to see you face to face. Amen!