To answer your question, we will need to read John 7:33-36, “Then said Jesus unto them, Yet a little while am I with you, and then I go unto him that sent me. Ye shall seek me, and shall not find me: and where I am, thither ye cannot come. Then said the Jews among themselves, Whither will he go, that we shall not find him? will he go unto the dispersed among the Gentiles, and teach the Gentiles? What manner of saying is this that he said, Ye shall seek me, and shall not find me: and where I am, thither ye cannot come?”

The Lord Jesus, in speaking to the unbelieving Pharisees (verse 32), was telling them that He would only be with them for a short while longer; then He would return to His Father, the One who sent Him here.  It is thought that He spoke these words about six months before His crucifixion.  The Lord was acutely aware of the Father’s perfect timing for Him to go to the cross.  As that day approached, it became more obvious that soon He would be crucified.  We see in verse 30, “Then they sought to take him…”  We also see in verse 32, “…the Pharisees and the chief priests sent officers to take him.”

The Lord said in verse 34, “Ye shall seek me, and shall not find me.”  His words are implying that they should seek Him now, because shortly He would be gone from among them.  They should take advantage of what time they had left to be in His presence physically.  That day was drawing to an end quickly.  His words confused those who heard Him.  They misunderstood His intent and thought that He might “go unto the dispersed among the Gentiles.” (Verse 35)  That there were many Jews who were scattered into other countries was a well-known fact.  We read in Acts 2:5, “And there were dwelling at Jerusalem Jews, devout men, out of every nation under heaven.”  Here, on the day of Pentecost, there were many Jews in Jerusalem that had come from all nations to be there.  Those Pharisees who heard the Lord speak in John 7:35 thought that He was speaking of leaving them to go to be with other Jews living in a different country.

Let’s look that those very solemn words of the Lord in verse 34, “…where I am, thither ye cannot come.”  The Lord would soon return to His Father in Heaven.  Because of their unbelief, these Pharisees could not go there.  To those who believed in Him, the Lord Jesus said in John 14:1-4, “Let not your heart be troubled: ye believe in God, believe also in me. 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. And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again, and receive you unto myself; that where I am, there ye may be also. And whither I go ye know, and the way ye know.”  For those who put their faith in the Lord Jesus, we learn that the Lord has prepared a place for us in Glory.  His desire is to have us eternally in His blessed presence, therefore He tells us that “I will come again, and receive you unto myself.”

Those who had no faith in the Lord; who rejected His gift of grace, the Lord says, “Where I am, thither ye cannot come.”  Those who die in their sins have NO PLACE in Heaven.  They will spend eternity away from the presence of the Lord.  Those who refuse the Lord’s love and gift of eternal life will one day hear these words, “Depart from me, ye cursed, into everlasting fire, prepared for the devil and his angels. (Matthew 25:41)

My friend, do you know Christ as your savior?  Have you realized that you are a sinner in desperate need of a savior?  Have you realized that there is NO SALVATION apart from trusting in the Lord Jesus Christ?  If not, I plead with you to consider this gentle invitation from a loving Savior in Matthew 11:28-29, “Come unto me, all ye that labour and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you, and learn of me; for I am meek and lowly in heart: and ye shall find rest unto your souls.”  (220.4)