“In my Father’s house are many mansions: if it were not so, I would have told you. I go to prepare a place for you.” John 14:2 KJV
I’ve always loved this verse. Other translations say “many rooms,” but the good old King James Version, which I grew up with, spells it M-A-N-S-I-O-N-S. Yes, mansions.
The word mansion, I’m sure, conjures up different images for everyone. For a young man living on the streets of Los Angeles, a mansion might mean a warm room to call his own. I live in a pretty large house, but if I have an occasion to drive into Beverly Hills, I can gawk at the mansions lined up one after another like nobody’s business.
My husband is a contractor, and I know all too well what it means to prepare a place for someone. The meticulous details involved with planning and orchestrating the construction of a home, let alone a “mansion,” are daunting.
Which is probably another reason I love this verse so much.
When I think of Jesus saying, “I go to prepare a place…” I can’t help but envision Jesus with his carpenter’s tool belt strapped to his waist, making corrections and installing every component of my mansion to perfection. Every spectacular detail is to my liking. There is not a single piece of tile out of place or the wrong color, the cabinetry is simple in its elegance, and the wood finished to a perfect shine.
All that, yes. But Jesus in a tool belt? Gives me a righteous giggle every time.
What do you think your Jesus-built mansion will look like?