As Jesus’ death drew near, he began to tell his friends that he was returning to his Father to share the glory he always had with his Father. How would Jesus feel about his friends when he was exalted in splendour?
Jesus is glad to return to his Father, for he is always close to the Father’s heart. Nevertheless, he will never stop caring for his friends. He tells us that he will prepare a place for us in his Father’s house (John 14:1). Furthermore, he says, “I will come again and will take you to myself, that where I am you may be also (John 14:3).” Jesus is now with his Father, but he still wants us to be with him. He wants to take us to himself so that we are with him where he is. Even though he is full of joy in the Father’s presence he still wants us to be with him never to be parted again. And that’s also what his Father wants for us and for his Son.
It sounds like Jesus is saying, “The truth is, I never want to live without you. That’s why I’m coming back to get you. I want you in my Father’s presence with me. That’s how much my heart is set on you. All the glory of my Father’s house will never cause me to forget you. Indeed, you will share in all the glory I have with my Father. For when I appear in my full glory, you will appear with me sharing in my glory.