“I came from the Father and have come into the world, and now I am leaving the world and going to the Father.” (John 16:28)
The Lord Jesus came to earth with a mission. When that mission is fulfilled, He returns to heaven. He doesn’t stay on earth forever. And yet Jesus doesn’t just leave. “I will see you again”, He promises His disciples.
When Jesus was killed, the disciples’ hopes failed. But Jesus came back from the realm of death. A short time later, He left His disciples again when He returned to His Father, as He had foretold. But one day He will come back and renew this whole world. Then there will be no more separation, and the Lord Jesus will live forever on the new earth, among men.
Until then, Jesus has given us His Holy Spirit as Comforter and Helper. So although He is not physically present on earth, He does not leave us alone.
For Jesus, it was perfectly clear where He was going. He was returning to his Father.
When you die or Jesus returns on earth, you too must leave this world. Are you confident that you will then go to your heavenly Father as well?