“If anyone loves me, he will keep my word, and my Father will love him, and we will come to him and make our home with him" (John 14:23 ESV)
Three of Jesus’ disciples, Thomas, Philip and Judas (not Iscariot) had each interrupted his speaking with a question – and Christ’s answers (v. 6, 9, 23) have given us three all-time golden statements!
Here is the third of them. Judas (also known as Thaddeus) had asked how it was “that you will manifest yourself to us and not to the world?”
1. Answer: Christ reveals himself only to his lovers. Herod? Caiaphas? Pontius Pilate? A meeting with Christ risen from the dead was denied them. Only to those who are open to His free gift of salvation, and are demonstrating their grateful love in daily obedience to His word, does He make himself known.
2. Answer: The lives of his lovers will be his home. The Greek word translated ‘home’ in verse 23 is exactly the same as that translated as the ‘rooms’ or ‘mansions (KJV) in verse 2. As Frederic Godet of Switzerland wrote, “Here below it is God who dwells with the believer; above, it will be the believer who will dwell with God.”
3. Answer: To be a lover of Christ is to have God in your home. Jesus here couples himself with ‘My Father’ – an indication of his own deity. So – whether you live in a hostel, hotel, or bed-sit; in a cottage, palace, refugee camp or prison-cell – that home and your very life will become lit up when Christ and the Father move in with you!