New Jerusalem is being prepared! God already sent John the Baptist, came in the man Jesus, and sanctified us through His death on the cross.
Another step of preparation is in John 14. In verses 2-3 the Lord Jesus tells us, “In My Father’s house are many abodes; if it were not so, I would have told you; for I go to prepare a place for you. And if I go and prepare a place for you, I am coming again and will receive you to Myself, so that where I am you also may be.”
In John 13–17 Jesus speaks ten times about going to the Father but He never speaks about going to heaven. His destination is a Person, not a location. His goal is God dwelling in us and us dwelling in God.
His going was in His death and His coming is in His resurrection (John 20:19). The “place” is not a physical location; the place is God Himself. In resurrection He lives and we also live (John 14:19) and in resurrection, living together with Him, we know that we are in the Father by being in Him and that He is in us (v. 14:20). Through death and resurrection He prepared the way to bring us into the Father.
His living in us and our living in Him is the characteristic of the New Testament from resurrection to eternity. Examples:
• We are in Christ Jesus and He is in us (Romans 8:1, 10).
• The New Testament building is a living building in Christ Jesus and He is making His home in our hearts (Ephesians 2:20-22; 3:16-17).
• Our life is hidden with Christ in God and Christ is in us as our life (Colossians 3:3-4).
• We abide in Him and He abides in us (1 John 4:13).
Praise the Lord for His death and resurrection. They accomplished so much. Now, as a result of our believing, He is in us and we are in Him unto New Jerusalem.