Wednesday, February 8, 2017

John 14

John 14:1-4 – Jesus Comforts

“Do not let your hearts be troubled.  Trust in God, trust also in me.  In my Father’s house are many rooms; if it were not so, I would have told you.  I am going there to prepare a place for you.  And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come back and take you to be with me that you also may be where I am.”John 14:1-3.

“Let not your heart be troubled” – We are the one who lets our heart be troubled.  We control it.  We get anxious and fearful.  Life will happen and we will find ourselves in situations we don’t like.  God gives us the strength and hope to prevent troubled hearts.  We are to believe in God and in Jesus.  We are to commit, believe and trust Him and He will guard our hearts.  God is in control and aware of our situation.  He wants us to be thankful in every situation.  Remember this and you will have peace which will keep your heart trouble free.

What situation is troubling you?

“In my Father’s house are many rooms …” - Jesus tells us that there is life after death.  He promises heaven for us.  There is room for everyone who believes in Him.  We need not fear death.  He will come back for us one day.  Until then we are to stand firm and trust Him.  He keeps His promises.

John 14:5-14 – Jesus, the Only Way

Thomas asked where Jesus was going.  He thought Jesus was just going on a trip and didn’t understand that He was going to leave this earth and go to heaven.  Jesus said, “I am the way and the truth and the life.  No one comes to the Father except through me.”John 14:6.  These words are VERY important.  Jesus didn’t say He knows the way to heaven.  He said He IS the way.  Jesus is the ONLY way to heaven. 

In the book of John Jesus told us 14 times who He is.  He left no doubt. 
“I am the bread of life.”John 6:35, 48 
“I am the light of the world.”John 8:12, 9:5 
“… before Abraham was born, I am!”John 8:58 
“I am the gate.” – John 10:9
“I am the good shepherd.”John 10:11, 14
“I and the Father are one.”John 10:30
“I am the resurrection and the life.”John 11:25
“I am the way and the truth and the life.”John 14:6
“Believe me when I say that I am in the Father, and the Father is in me ...”John 14:11
“I am the true vine” – John 15:1

There is no other way to the Father than through Jesus.  He is the only way to God.  Salvation is found in no one else.  This is absolute truth.  He is the exclusive way to God.  He alone can give eternal life.  This eliminates all other ways to God.  So Jesus is either right or He is wrong and a liar.

Who do you say Jesus is?

Sinners will spend eternity in hell away from God.  “… for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God.” Rom. 3:23.  You cannot get to heaven by doing good works.  The only way is Jesus.  He is the way.  “For the wages of sin is death, but the free gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.”Rom. 6:23.  Jesus gave us the gift of grace and died in our place.

Philip wanted Jesus to show him the Father.  Jesus tells him that He and God are the same.  He saw the evidence of the miracles.  If they see Jesus, they have seen God.  Many people want to know and see God. We cannot see God in this life, but Jesus shows us what God is like.  He shows us God’s character.  Jesus’ words and actions were God’s words and actions.  If we want to know God, we need to just look at Jesus then we will know God.  (John 14:5-12).

“And I will do whatever you ask in my name, so that the Son may bring glory to the Father.  You may ask me for anything in my name, and I will do it.”John 14:13-14.  Jesus said He will do anything we ask in His name.  Just because you ask God for something and pray in Jesus’ name doesn’t mean you will get it.  We need to look at this in context.  This is tied to doing Jesus’ works.  He is telling the disciples that they too can do great things.  When we pray we are to submit to God’s will.  To pray in Jesus’ Name refers to all that He is and all He has done for us on the cross.  It should be our desire to see God glorified through Jesus.  That should be our objective when we pray.

John 14:15-31 – Jesus’ Promised Holy Spirit

Jesus told the disciple that they should obey His commands.  He said He would ask the Father to give them another Counselor to be with them forever.  Jesus would not be with them much longer and they needed someone to guide them.  The Counselor is the Holy Spirit.  He lives in each Christian heart today. 

The Holy Spirits does many things:
He convicts the world of sin.
He guides us to all truth.
He glorifies and testifies of Christ.
He reveals Christ to us.
He leads us.
He empowers us.
He fills us.
He gives us spiritual gifts.
He renews us.
He strengthens us.
He prays for us.
He helps us to obey.
He seals us for the day of redemption.
He sets us free from the law of sin and death.
He reveals things of God to us.
He dwells in us.
He speaks to us and through us.
He teaches us.
He comforts us.
He reveals God’s will to us.

Jesus said “On that day you will realize that I am in my Father, and you are in me and I am in you.”John 14:20.  On that day is the day of Pentecost when the Holy Spirit would descend upon all believers.  Some say it’s the day of Jesus resurrection.  Whichever it is, it’s when the disciples would understand what Jesus meant.  You are in me and I am in you means that Christians are united with Jesus and so united with the Father along with the Holy Spirit.  This is a wonderful mystery and is hard to understand, but it’s true.  If you are saved, Christ is in you. 

Jesus goes on to say that if we love Him we will keep His commands and obey Him.   We obey Him because we love Him.  As we continually confess sin and grow in our knowledge of God, our love for Him naturally increases. 

Jesus said that the Holy Spirit will teach them many things and remind them of everything He had said to them.  “Peace I leave with you; my peace I give you.  I do not give to you as the world gives.  Do not let your hearts be troubled and do not be afraid.”John 14:27.  His peace is different from the peace that comes from the world. To have peace doesn’t mean we will not have trouble.  It’s a peace that comforts us when bad things happen.  The peace of Jesus is a calm and freedom from anxiety that comes from trusting our sovereign God.  We know that God is in control and is always looking out for us.  We have peace knowing that He paid the price for our sins on the cross.

Jesus told them He would soon leave this world, but would come back and that they would be glad He is going.  Why would they be glad?  If they truly understood that He would be resurrected, restored to His glory with the Father, then seated on the right hand of God, have authority over all the universe, and that He would send the Holy Spirit to dwell in them, they would have rejoiced over His return to the Father.

To come back could refer to His resurrection, His appearances after His resurrection, the coming to us as the Holy Spirit or to His 2nd coming at the end the world.  Whichever He really meant, they should rejoice.

Jesus said the prince of this world (Satan) has authority over the world, but not over Jesus.  Satan has no authority over Christians, because Jesus has made us right with God.  Still Satan will try to make us do wrong things and will attack us in different ways.  We are to reject his temptations and look to God for the strength to resist.

Jesus is the eternal Son of God and is now sitting on the right hand of the Father.  He is sovereign over all in the world and in your life.  He has promised to work all these together for good for those who love Him. (Rom. 8:28).  He makes it very clear that He is sovereign over Satan and His own death.

Do you have anxiety or peace in times of trouble?

Wow!  This chapter of John is jammed packed.  Take time to read and study over it more than once.  There are many truths to ponder.

Next week we will study John 15.  Have a blessed day and thanks for visiting my site.  Hope to see you here next time.

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