Jesus then said, “I will be with you a little while longer, and then I am going to him who sent me. You will search for me, but you will not find me; and where I am, you cannot come.” The Jews said to one another, “Where does this man intend to go that we will not find him? Does he intend to go to the Dispersion among the Greeks and teach the Greeks? What does he mean by saying, ‘You will search for me and you will not find me’ and ‘Where I am, you cannot come’?” -John 7:33-36 NRSV
It is easy for us to look back and understand that Jesus was speaking of returning to his Father in heaven. Many things that are apparent today seemed hidden back then. I mean really, who could have foreseen the turn of events that led up to Jesus being crucified? Yet in this passage we understand that Jesus has seen his future suffering and death.
Sometimes I wish that I had an understanding of my future. Other times I am glad that our Father has not chosen to reveal it to me. Yet while I do not know the details of my earthly death I am overjoyed that God has told me a bit of the place I will go after I die. A place with no pain and no tears. An eternal home where I am loved. A destination filled with God.
Thank you Lord for the hope of heaven. May I live today as one who knows his heavenly citizenship.
... this devotion is part of an ongoing series on the Gospel of John.