If I go and prepare and place for you, I will come again and receive you unto myself, that where I am you may be also. (John 14:3 NASB)
U.S. military forces fought again the Japanese invasion of the Philippine islands in 1942. The enemy forces overran the smaller American forces at Bataan, and the ensuing sixty mile Bataan death march occurred. During this engagement President Roosevelt ordered General MacArthur and his staff to relocate to Australia. Upon leaving his troops behind General MacArthur uttered the now famous words, "I shall return." He fulfilled this promise to return at Leyte in 1944.
When Jesus prepared to leave his disciples and return to his Father, he too made a promise. "If I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again..." We are waiting for this promise to be fulfilled, and we believe Jesus will keep his promise just as General MacArthur kept his.
Some of Jesus' last word to us were, "Occupy till I come." I believe this to mean that we are to be working for the kingdom as well as waiting for its arrival. When Jesus comes back will he find us "occupying"?
Jesus is busy today taking the materials (our acts of service) we are sending up to him to help build the mansion he has promised. One day soon he will come back to personally escort us to our new home. Are you ready and watching?