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Gospel of John - Chapter 14 - Lesson 1

Posted on June 14, 2016 at 11:15 PM Comments comments (0)

I Go to Prepare a Place

 

John 14:1 (ESV) “Let not your hearts be troubled. Believe in God; believe also in me.

 

Jesus had just told them that He was not going to be there to teach or encourage them anymore, at least not as the tangible touchable God-Man they had traveled with for about three years. He had dropped the bombshell that one of them was going to betray Him. So why wouldn’t they be troubled? However, Jesus told them not to have troubled hearts but rather to continue to believe in God the Father and in Him.

 

John 14:2 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? 3 And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again and will take you to myself, that where I am you may be also. 4 And you know the way to where I am going.”

 

There is a place in the Father’s house for everyone that knows and trusts Jesus as the Son of God. Jesus reminded them that He was going to prepare that place and would come back for them in the future. Jewish custom was that an engaged man would begin building a house for himself and his bride usually on his father’s property. Once the house was complete, the time of betrothal would be over, and he would come to marry his bride and take her to their home. Jesus is our Bridegroom, and the church is His bride. He is preparing our home in His father’s home. Those who have trusted Jesus Christ and received Him as their Savior and Lord will ultimately be with Him forever.

 

After Jesus said He was going to prepare that home, He said the disciples already knew the way to where He was going, but they were not so sure.

 

John 14:5 Thomas said to him, “Lord, we do not know where you are going. How can we know the way?”

 

I believe the disciples still did not understand that He was talking about going back to the Father in Heaven. Perhaps they thought He was traveling somewhere far away. Jesus had repeatedly stated that He and the Father were one when talking to the Jewish leaders, and the disciples were standing right there. They had traveled with Jesus. They had spent more time with Him than with their own families. Maybe it didn’t click because they didn’t want to think about Him leaving or being without Him for any amount of time. The thought of being separated was difficult. He had made friends out of a rag-tag group of fishermen and tradesmen. They certainly did not want to entertain the idea that the Messiah could die!

 

John 14:6 Jesus said to him, “I am the way, and the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.

 

This is the sixth “I AM” statement of Jesus in the book of John. He declared, “I am the way to God.” The way He stated it would mean that not only was He the way to God but that He was God. Any other charlatan, imposter, that comes to you espousing that he is the truth is lying because Jesus is THE TRUTH. The disciples witnessed the anointing, the miraculous power of God that worked through Him; so they should have confidence that Jesus was the real deal, and anyone who comes after Him is an imitation, a false prophet, a fake messiah. Jesus also proclaimed Himself to be the Life, and He is the only one who can give us eternal life with the Father. There is no other way to have a right relationship with the Father besides trusting Jesus. People are teaching today that there are many paths that lead to God, and that Jesus is not the only valid path. WRONG! Jesus Himself stated that He is the only way. Each of the people who will be in Heaven had individual experiences on their way to Jesus, but the bottom line is that they eventually realized that Jesus was the ONLY way to escape the grip of sin and experience the abundant life Jesus offers.

 

John 14:7 If you had known me, you would have known my Father also. From now on you do know him and have seen him.”

 

To know Jesus IS to know God because Jesus was God incarnate, in bodily form. The disciples trusted that He was the Son of God and that He and the Father were One. However, it did not compute that they communicated face to face with the Lord of the universe over supper each night. They would understand this completely after the resurrection and after witnessing Jesus returning to the Father in the clouds.

 

John 14:8 Philip said to him, “Lord, show us the Father, and it is enough for us.”

 

Poor Philip! We laugh, but we would not have been any better. We would have been just as clueless. He still did not realize he was staring God in the face!

 

John 14:9 Jesus said to him, “Have I been with you so long, and you still do not know me, Philip? Whoever has seen me has seen the Father. How can you say, ‘Show us the Father’?

 

Jesus was gracious enough to not call Philip and osmium head. As God, Jesus understood their human confusion. The man part of Him may have been frustrated, exasperated, and perhaps a bit hurt that the disciples had been with Him for over three years and still had not internalized what He meant by “I and the Father are One.” Jesus had been fulfilling His role in showing them the Father the entire time He had walked with them.

 

John 14:10 Do you not believe that I am in the Father and the Father is in me?

 

The Father and the Son have a connection that is eternal and internal, but it is more than that. Their unity is complete. Explaining the concept of the Trinity, the Triune nature of God is complicated even with the entire word of God in our hands, so I guess we should have some pity on the poor disciples trying to understand how Jesus and God could be the same person but separate. And at this point, Jesus had not even thrown the Holy Spirit into the mix!

 

John 14:10b The words that I say to you I do not speak on my own authority, but the Father who dwells in me does his works. 11 Believe me that I am in the Father and the Father is in me, or else believe on account of the works themselves.

 

Jesus never moved as a lone cowboy. All of His actions and words were in obedience to God the Father and with His blessing. His meaning here was that He would not have had the power to perform the works, the signs, the miracles they had witnessed if He did not derive His authority from the Father. He was saying to let His record speak for itself.

 

John 14:12 (ESV) “Truly, truly, I say to you, whoever believes in me will also do the works that I do; and greater works than these will he do, because I am going to the Father.

 

The greater works were the spiritual transformations of people all over the world. They could not be greater in power because Jesus was and is the greatest in power – He is omnipotent (all-powerful). Jesus taught in Judea, Samaria, and Galilee. The disciples (and later us) would spread the gospel throughout the entire world. People were healed in the name of Jesus during the apostles’ ministry, but it was Jesus who did the actual healing. We are but His instrument when the miraculous occurs in the course of meeting the needs of people. When Jesus went to the Father, He sent the Comforter, the Holy Spirit, to enable His followers to serve God mightily. More on that later!

 

John 14:13 Whatever you ask in my name, this I will do, that the Father may be glorified in the Son. 14 If you ask me anything in my name, I will do it.

 

These two verses do not mean we have carte blanche to demand whatever we want from God, and He is somehow obligated to give it to us. What we ask must be in accordance with God’s will and His purpose and plan for the life of person who is praying. It must be that which will bring attention to God for His glory, not the person praying. John MacArthur explained this well in his commentary:

 

The MacArthur Bible Commentary

“To ask in Jesus’ “name” does not mean to frivolously attach such an expression on the end of a prayer as a mere formula. It means: (1) the believer’s prayer should be for His purposes and kingdom, not selfish reasons; (2) the believer’s prayer should be on the basis of His merits and not any personal merit or worthiness; and (3) the believer’s prayer should be in pursuit of His glory alone.”

 

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