THE 89 DAY GOSPEL CHALLENGE
DAY EIGHTY-TWO JOHN FOURTEEN
Thoro Harris wrote the hymn, “All That Thrills My Soul.” The first stanza says,
Who can cheer the heart like Jesus,
By His presence all divine?
True and tender, pure and precious,
O how blest to call Him mine!
Sorrow reigned in chapter thirteen. But Jesus becomes the comforter in chapter fourteen. Jesus is our tender and compassionate Lord. He was so gentle that children flocked to Him. He embraced them and held them in His arms. They felt secure and loved there. He is doing the same thing for the disciples in this chapter.
1. The Way, the Truth, the Life (v. 1-6)
There is no need for a chapter break between 13:38 and 14:1. It is the same conversation. Jesus had just responded to Peter’s question when Peter asked, “Where are you going?” He told Peter he could not follow Him now. Peter pledged his complete loyalty and said he would lay down his life for Jesus. But the Master knew of Peter’s future denial and Jesus told him so.
Jesus spoke of betrayal, death, and denial. In that environment, He comforted them and said, “Let not your heart be troubled. You believe in God and you believe in Me.”
There is a growing number of those who do not believe in God but believe that this grand design we call creation is just the product of time and chance. In their hour of tragedy and grief, there is no comfort. The shallow philosophies of secular humanism cannot ease the pain of loss. They are alone with no hope beyond this life.
The apostle said, “If we have hope in this life only, we are of all men most miserable” (I Corinthians 15:19). But Jesus is our hope. He soothed their sorrow with the promise of heaven and reunion. “In my Father’s house are many mansions.” He spoke of the magnificence of our heavenly dwelling in a place Paul described as beyond our imaginations (I Corinthians 2:9).
“I am going away. But our parting will not be final. I must prepare your place. When the time is right, I will come again and get you so you can be with Me forever.” With all the talk of mansions, we must not lose sight of the truth that mansions and streets of gold and gates of pearl do not make heaven. Heaven is heaven because Jesus is there and we are with Him.
“You know the way,” Jesus said. But Thomas was confused. “We don’t know where you are going and how can we know the way?” Jesus responded, “I Am the Way, the Truth and the Life. No man can come to the Father except he comes through the Son.”
God spoke from the “burning bush” and commissioned Moses to go Egypt and deliver His people. Moses asked, “What shall I say your name is? Who shall I tell them sent me?” God spoke again and said, “I AM that I AM. Tell them I AM sent you.”
“I AM” is the covenant name of God. It is Yahweh in Hebrew and it declared that He is the “self-existent One.” Jesus claimed the name, “I AM.”
1) I AM the only way to God. No other path or person leads to God.
2) I AM the only Truth about God that endures forever. All other “holy books” so-called are not true. The Bible has no equivalent.
3) In My death, I AM the way to Life. Jesus died so we can live. It is a divine paradox.
4) No one came can ever know the Father except by believing in and knowing Me. I AM.
2. Show us the Father (v. 7-11)
Philip, who always seemed to be a page behind, said, “Lord, show us the Father and it will be sufficient.” Jesus replied,” Philip, where have you been? Three years you have been with me and you do not know Who I am? “Philip had heard His words and witnessed His works. Jesus revealed the Father. The Father spoke and revealed the Son and said, “This is My Son, listen to Him.”. “Believe in Me because I and the Father are the same or believe in Me because of the miracles you have seen me do.”
3. Greater Works (v. 12-14)
“If you ask anything in My Name, I will do it.” The “greater works” we can do is through prayer. We so underestimate the power of prayer. We ignore it. We take it lightly and go through the motions. We think we can live a sinful life and then expect to go to God in prayer and He will snap to attention to do our bidding.
Since He is giving us a powerful spiritual weapon, we need to know how to use it. If we are to be successful in prayer, we must listen to His instructions. You don’t put a powerful weapon in the hands of a child.
John gives further instruction in his first epistle. In I John 3:22 he writes, “And whatever we ask we receive from Him because we keep His commandments and do those things that are pleasing in His sight.” He gives two conditional clauses in the verse. He will receive what we ask if:
1) We keep His commandments spiritually. Do what He says to do.
2) We live a life pleasing to Him morally. Live like He says to live.
Prayer is a relationship and a covenant. If we do as the Father bids, we can tap into His power to do greater things than even Jesus did. It’s a promise.
4. The Promise of the Comforter (v. 15-18)
Jesus continued to comfort the twelve with the promise of the Holy Spirit. This was new to them. What He said is significant to us.
1) If you love Me, keep my commandments. Obedience is the result of love.
2) The Holy Spirit, Whom Jesus promised would come, would be just like Jesus, referring to the Spirit’s deity.
3) He will help you and comfort you.
4) He is only for believers. He is the Spirit of Truth and the unbelievers cannot possess Him.
5) He told them, “The Spirit is with you now but will dwell in you later.”
6) I will not leave you as orphans to fend for yourself. The Holy Spirit will care for you.
5. Indwelling Presence of God (v. 19-24)
In this incredible paragraph, Jesus promised that the Father and the Son would dwell in them and be with them. The believer has a unique relationship with the triune God. The Holy Spirit is our connection with the Trinity. Since the three Persons of the Trinity are One, total God is always connected to us.
Our relationship with God is affected by our faithfulness to God’s commandments. If we keep His commandments, our relationship grows. If we faith to keep His commandments, the Holy Spirit does not leave us, but our power with God will diminish.
Jesus told the disciples that if they loved Him, they would keep His Word. You always try to please the one you love. They who love the Son will also be loved by the Father.
6. My Peace I give to You (v. 25-31)
“The Holy Spirit will be your teacher and your helper. He will remind you of what I have said. He will mature you in spiritual things and will lead you to all Truth.”
Again, Jesus said, “Let not your heart be troubled.” And then He gave them reasons to trust Him:
1) I am giving you My peace. It is not the peace the world gives. It is the peace that calms the heart in the times of trouble and sorrow. It is a peace that defies comprehension.
2) Don’t be afraid. I am going away but I am coming back to get you.
3) I am going to the Father. You should rejoice with me. You will one day be with Us.
4) The time has come and “the ruler of this world (the devil)” is here. But he has no power over me.
5) In my death, I am doing the will of the Father and not because Satan has won. Satan will never win.
Jesus then told the disciples it was time to go. It was time to do the Father’s will.
Easter is over but Jesus is still alive. Rejoice!
Love to all,