John 16:28. “I came forth from the Father, and am come into the world: again, I leave the world, and go to the Father.”
The truth of this verse is one of the bedrocks of our faith. It is doctrine, pure, simple, and profound.
I have no words that can make this truth any more clear; I can only affirm my own faith that every word that comes from the mouth of God is pure and true (Matt. 4:4), and that Jesus spoke these words with the authority of the Father because He and the Father are One (John 10:30).
Jesus came into the world through the Father. He performed the work that God had given Him to do. He was now ready to return to the Father.
Have you ever considered the pure joy and anticipation that Jesus was experiencing, knowing that the work had been done and that He was soon going Home?
A blogging friend of mine died last night. He’d survived 24 years with ALS, and in his last post a week or so ago he let us know that his time was drawing very near. He is at this moment rejoicing in heaven with Jesus! He can breathe, move, leap, run–whatever he desires. However, I believe with all my heart that his joy is in seeing the face of Jesus Christ, in Whom he trusted for all those years.
It’s almost in my heart to feel a bit envious, but not really. I wouldn’t have wanted his last 24 years. Neither did he, but his joy, after much suffering, is now full and complete.
Jesus also endured much suffering, and His joy is also complete. He is with the Father.