Over the years I have heard a number of sermons about Jesus saying in his fathers house are many mansions and he goes to prepare a room for us there John 14:2. Sadly though, everyone of those sermons has touched on our lust for more, our lust for greed, our lust for riches and extravagant belongings and possessions – and in doing so, has missed the point of what Jesus is actually saying.
Dr. Wave Nunnally has written an excellent article about archaeological findings which brings a clearer picture of what Jesus was actually saying, and what he wasn’t saying.
It was home! It represented the close-knit, supportive, loving, extended families that ate, worked, played, and worshiped together. In this respect, it served as the ideal picture of heaven that Jesus sought to convey–an ongoing (eternal) “Walton’s Mountain” or your-favorite-family-reunion-ever kind of feel. It recalled the times when mom, dad, all the grandparents, brothers and sisters, all their husbands and wives and children, uncles, aunts, and cousins were all together and everything was right in the world.