Home and hospitality

Lots and lots of funerals at Bethany. I often think of the John 14 passage that refers to a house as the organic resting place for our lives, individually and collectively. The early church was hardly a mansion kind of community, in Acts we learn that they were a mixed group; rich and poor, able-bodied and persons living with illness, refugees and long settled families, men and women, gentiles and Jews, and they came together around Jesus’ mission in an ordinary home. Hospitality was what drew people to community, not the building, not the preaching, not the programming. So the language of home was binding force that kept the church alive.

Read these different translations of these sacred words and see which ones reflect that early church spirit of home and hospitality.

The Message

There is plenty of room for you in my Father’s home. If that weren’t so, would I have told you that I’m on my way to get a room ready for you?

New International Version

My Father's house has many rooms; if that were not so, would I have told you that I am going there to prepare a place for you?

New Living Translation

There is more than enough room in my Father's home. If this were not so, would I have told you that I am going to prepare a place for you?

English Standard Version

In my Father’s house are many rooms. If it were not so, would I have told you that I go to prepare a place for you?

New American Standard Bible

"In My Father's house are many dwelling places; if it were not so, I would have told you; for I go to prepare a place for you.

King James Bible

In my Father's house are many mansions: if it were not so, I would have told you. I go to prepare a place for you.

Holman Christian Standard Bible

In My Father's house are many dwelling places; if not, I would have told you. I am going away to prepare a place for you.

International Standard Version

There are many rooms in my Father's house. If there weren't, I wouldn't have told you that I am going away to prepare a place for you, would I?

American Standard Version

In my Father's house are many mansions; if it were not so, I would have told you; for I go to prepare a place for you.

English Revised Version                  

In my Father's house are many mansions; if it were not so, I would have told you; for I go to prepare a place for you.