In John 14 We see a candid moment between Jesus and his disciples. It’s the night before the crucifixion and Jesus is trying to instill strength in his followers.
Hindsight is always 20/20 but I think Jesus knew what was about to happen. So I see his message here as final instructions/lessons that he’s trying to drill into the disciples.
The way to the Father is extremely important, in fact through Jesus is the only way we can be saved.
There are many religions on this planet, most of them have a list of rules and regulations that you have to follow. And you won’t know until you die whether you achieved paradise.
However, when you’re a follower of Jesus you can know. Jesus died for your sins. He paid the price and no amount of deeds or works can repay it. He did it because he loves you, and each and every person who’s ever existed.
John 14: Jesus, the Way to the Father
14 “Don’t let your hearts be troubled. Trust in God, and trust also in me. 2 There is more than enough room in my Father’s home.[a] If this were not so, would I have told you that I am going to prepare a place for you?[b] 3 When everything is ready, I will come and get you, so that you will always be with me where I am. 4 And you know the way to where I am going.”
5 “No, we don’t know, Lord,” Thomas said. “We have no idea where you are going, so how can we know the way?”
6 Jesus told him, “I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one can come to the Father except through me. 7 If you had really known me, you would know who my Father is.[c] From now on, you do know him and have seen him!”
8 Philip said, “Lord, show us the Father, and we will be satisfied.”John 14:1-8
The Truth Is In Front Of Them, And They Don’t See It:
I think we judge the disciples harshly nowadays. These guys traveled with Jesus and heard his teachings directly. They had countless late-night conversations with him, and yet sometimes they didn’t get it. I think we like to put ourselves in their shoes and think we’d be smarter.
We make up names like “Doubting Thomas,” but forget that he lived and traveled with Jesus for 3 1/2 years. He walked with him into Jerusalem on Palm Sunday, and the following Friday watched as he died. That’s pretty traumatizing.
Pretty sure I’d be doubting Sterling.
In John 14 Verse 6 Jesus says he’s the way, the truth, and the life. A of people think he sounds selfish when he says this. However, I read it a little differently.
Jesus is saying the boat you’re on is sinking, I’m here to rescue you, and nobody else is coming. Please climb aboard.
From a different perspective (and the correct one I might add) Jesus is trying to save us, and we’re still partying on a boat that can barely hold water.
It’s like a story I heard from the Titanic. When they first hit the iceberg nobody paid a lot of attention. Instead many passengers had the waiters pick up the ice and place it in their drinks. A short time later many of them would be dead.
This is why it’s so important for us to know Jesus, and believe he’s preparing a place for us. Someday we’ll be with him in a new heaven and earth. If we chose to follow him.
John 14: Jesus Responds To Philips Question
9 Jesus replied, “Have I been with you all this time, Philip, and yet you still don’t know who I am? Anyone who has seen me has seen the Father! So why are you asking me to show him to you? 10 Don’t you believe that I am in the Father and the Father is in me? The words I speak are not my own, but my Father who lives in me does his work through me. 11 Just believe that I am in the Father and the Father is in me. Or at least believe because of the work you have seen me do.
12 “I tell you the truth, anyone who believes in me will do the same works I have done, and even greater works, because I am going to be with the Father. 13 You can ask for anything in my name, and I will do it, so that the Son can bring glory to the Father. 14 Yes, ask me for anything in my name, and I will do it!John 14:9-14
A Lot Of Emotion:
There’s a lot of emotion in these 5 verses. I think Jesus wanted to drive the point home to Philip. Most likely he was feeling a little anxious about the next few days as well.
Jesus is trying to drive a principal point home here and he’s got a short timeline to do it. This isn’t written in a parable or told by a story. This is Jesus straight-up saying what is going on.
Much like in John 5. Jesus is equating himself to God. He’s saying if you see me you see the father. This is basically saying I and the father are 1. By asking to see the father, they were disbelieving that Jesus was the father, or that he had the father in him (I’m unsure of the terminology).
Jesus was proclaiming that he was the Son Of God and that he and the father are one.
Verse 12 kind of excites me, anybody who believes in him will do the same works he has done. And even greater ones too. This means as Christians we aren’t supposed to sit around at church and wait for something to happen.
We need to be like Jesus, go out and find someone to reach, look for people who need healing, and heal the brokenhearted.
…I just got really convicted…
John 14: Jesus Promises the Holy Spirit
15 “If you love me, obey[d] my commandments. 16 And I will ask the Father, and he will give you another Advocate,[e] who will never leave you. 17 He is the Holy Spirit, who leads into all truth. The world cannot receive him, because it isn’t looking for him and doesn’t recognize him. But you know him because he lives with you now and later will be in you.[f] 18 No, I will not abandon you as orphans—I will come to you.
19 Soon the world will no longer see me, but you will see me. Since I live, you also will live. 20 When I am raised to life again, you will know that I am in my Father, and you are in me, and I am in you. 21 Those who accept my commandments and obey them are the ones who love me. And because they love me, my Father will love them. And I will love them and reveal myself to each of them.”John 14:15-21
The Promise Is Alive:
Here there’s a little confusing until you think about it a little more. Jesus was talking about the father being in him and him being in the father. But now he’s saying we are in him.
In other words, we as his Children will be linked to him and God, through the Holy Spirit. When Jesus died and rose again he defeated death. Why Did Jesus Die?
When death was defeated the connection to God was restored. Our sins were removed and we can once again have a relationship with God.
Jesus had to die and rise again so the price could be paid. The Holy Spirit was sent so he could direct us all into healing and forgiveness.
When you follow God, you enter into a relationship with the creator of the universe. He is there waiting for you, all you need to do is accept him, spend time with him, and let him transform you. The holy spirit will guide you into all truth.
John 14: Jesus Continues Whith His Message:
22 Judas (not Judas Iscariot, but the other disciple with that name) said to him, “Lord, why are you going to reveal yourself only to us and not to the world at large?”
23 Jesus replied, “All who love me will do what I say. My Father will love them, and we will come and make our home with each of them. 24 Anyone who doesn’t love me will not obey me. And remember, my words are not my own. What I am telling you is from the Father who sent me. 25 I am telling you these things now while I am still with you. 26 But when the Father sends the Advocate as my representative—that is, the Holy Spirit—he will teach you everything and will remind you of everything I have told you.
27 “I am leaving you with a gift—peace of mind and heart. And the peace I give is a gift the world cannot give. So don’t be troubled or afraid. 28 Remember what I told you: I am going away, but I will come back to you again. If you really loved me, you would be happy that I am going to the Father, who is greater than I am. 29 I have told you these things before they happen so that when they do happen, you will believe.
30 “I don’t have much more time to talk to you, because the ruler of this world approaches. He has no power over me, 31 but I will do what the Father requires of me, so that the world will know that I love the Father. Come, let’s be going.John 14:22-31
What Jesus Revealed:
The disciples were still thinking with a physical mindset and had a lot of trouble looking into the spiritual world. Even today churchgoers have the same issues. We tend to pray about the things in the here and now. Most of the time we don’t even realize that our lives are really short. Especially when compared to eternity.
Like The Sands In The Hour Glass So Are The Days Of Our LivesDays Of Our Lives Soap Opera
I started laughing as I typed that out. Because it’s stupid and relevant at the same time. 70 years (give or take) isn’t enough time to live.
Instead, we should be looking at it as a dress rehearsal. Our lives are meant for so much more, and if you’re honest with yourself. You’ll agree with me.
Death isn’t natural, and aging seems wrong, but we tell ourselves it’s the circle of life. I think we need to do a paradigm shift. Our lives start today, but they don’t end in death.
Instead, our lives end here on earth, but we can decide where we spend eternity. Hell is a dark burning place. it isn’t a party like many people believe. To go to hell is to reject God, and when you reject him you reject everything about him.
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A world without God means a world where God’s influence doesn’t exist. That’s why hell is so horrible because it lacks God and his character traits.
The Revelation Of Jesus:
The true revelation of Jesus came about shortly after this chapter. The kingdom of heaven came down. In the kingdom of heaven, you’ll find the presence of God, and you’ll everything in that list I wrote above.
His presence brings fulfillment because he’s the one who created you.
Jesus came to save you, and nobody else is coming. He proclaimed himself to be the Son of God and proved it. let him into your life.
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