I Go To Prepare A Place For You

“Let not your hearts be troubled. Believe in God; believe also in me. In my Father’s house are many rooms. If it were not so, would I have told you that I go to prepare a place for you? And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again and will take you to myself, that where I am you may be also.” Jn 14:1–3.

What must this be? Jesus, God in flesh, knowing each one better than we can possibly know ourselves, preparing: Contemplating and designing laboring with thought and love and genius, a place – FOR me. For you. So well suited, so perfectly made with each in mind that we might want this place and no other – for He is there. And He has made it for us, that we might dwell there with Him. What wonder!

I am reminded of the words of John Flavel which I have quoted oft before: “It enhances our knowledge of the love of God in giving Christ, by remembering that in giving him he gave the richest jewel in his cabinet; a mercy of the greatest worth, and most inestimable value, Heaven itself is not so valuable and precious as Christ is: He is the better half of heaven…Ten thousand thousand worlds…as many worlds as angels can number, and then as a new world of angels can multiply, would not all be the bulk of a balance, to weigh Christ’s excellency, love, and sweetness. O what a fair One! what an only One! what an excellent, lovely, ravishing One, is Christ! Put the beauty of ten thousand paradises, like the garden of Eden, into one; put all trees, all flowers, all smells, all colours, all tastes, all joys, all sweetness, all loveliness in one; O what a fair and excellent thing would that be? And yet it should be less to that fair and dearest well-beloved Christ, than one drop of rain to the whole seas, rivers, lakes, and fountains of ten thousand earths. Christ is heaven’s wonder, and earth’s wonder.

Now, for God to bestow the mercy of mercies, the most precious thing in heaven or earth, upon poor sinners; and, as great, as lovely, as excellent as his Son was, yet not to account him too good to bestow upon us, what manner of love is this!”

I go to prepare a place for you

A place, beyond compare

Of infinite felicities

My glories all laid bare

I go to prepare a place for you

That all the blood-bought share

Free from all sin’s wicked tainting

No pain, no woe, no care

I go to prepare a place for you

Oh long for it, for Me

That where I am, you may be too

My glory there to see

I go to prepare a place for you

Where earthly values fade

Where gold and silver, precious stones

Are merely used to pave

I go to prepare a place for you

In wisdom, pow’r and love

No eye has seen nor ear e’er heard

What waits for you above

I go to prepare a place for you

My darling, blood-bought Bride

That we may dwell in wedded bliss

You ever, at my side

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