Coming and Going
by: Jon Brown
Jesus’ entrance into Jerusalem initiates his final steps toward the cross. On his way to the cross he tells his disciples that he is going to the Father’s house “to prepare a place for you,” and he promises to take them to himself. Later he says, “we [my father and I] will come to them and make our home with them.” First he’s going to the Father’s house, and then he and the Father are coming to make their home with the disciples. In the midst of all of this coming and going Jesus also promises a sending: “the Helper, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in my name” (v. 26 ESV). All of this language leaves me wondering: which is it? Coming, or going? Or is it sending?
Though this language might be difficult to understand, an underlying reality is most certainly true: the living God (Father, Son, and Spirit) cares deeply for, and is unrelentingly committed to, the people God loves. Jesus is in Jerusalem, on his way to the cross, so that both coming and going can be true: by his death and resurrection he has prepared a place in heaven for us when we die, and he will make his home with us here and now by the Holy Spirit.