Today’s Bible Reading:
John 14:1-31 NLT
Jesus, the Way to the Father
1“Don’t let your hearts be troubled. Trust in God, and trust also in me. 2There is more than enough room in my Father’s home. If this were not so, would I have told you that I am going to prepare a place for you? 3When everything is ready, I will come and get you, so that you will always be with me where I am. 4And 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?”
6Jesus told him, “I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one can come to the Father except through me. 7If you had really known me, you would know who my Father is. From now on, you do know him and have seen him!”
8Philip said, “Lord, show us the Father, and we will be satisfied.”
9Jesus 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? 10Don’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. 11Just 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. 13You can ask for anything in my name, and I will do it, so that the Son can bring glory to the Father. 14Yes, ask me for anything in my name, and I will do it!
Jesus Promises the Holy Spirit
15“If you love me, obey my commandments. 16And I will ask the Father, and he will give you another Advocate, who will never leave you. 17He 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. 18No, I will not abandon you as orphans—I will come to you. 19Soon the world will no longer see me, but you will see me. Since I live, you also will live. 20When 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. 21Those 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.”
22Judas (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?”
23Jesus 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. 24Anyone 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. 25I am telling you these things now while I am still with you. 26But 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. 28Remember 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. 29I 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, 31but 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.
Verse of the Day:
We are back in the book of John for today’s reading.
Here’s what happened prior to our reading in the previous chapter of John (Chapter 13):
– They gather for the Last Supper and Jesus washed the feet of the disciples
– Jesus predicts that Judas will betray him and Judas leaves the dinner
– The prediction of Peter’s denial of even knowing Jesus – 3x before the rooster crows
Jesus begins to prepare the disciples for his departure and explains his relationship with the Father.
There are so many familiar words in this passage – ones that we have heard quoted over the years: let not your hearts be troubled, I go to prepare a place – my Father’s house has many rooms, I am the way, the truth and the life – no one comes to the Father except through me, ask for anything in my name and I will do it, if you love me obey my commandments, peace I leave with you – my peace I give to you (some text per the NIV translation).
I honestly did not realize how many of these scriptures came from this one chapter in the Bible! How about you? There’s so many songs too!! 🙂
This chapter feels like a heartfelt conversation between Jesus and his disciples where they are trying their best to understand everything. They ask questions, Jesus gives answers. Once again, we see how human they were.
If I had been in the room with Jesus, I think the biggest relief would have come when He said these words:
“All this I have spoken while still with you. But the Advocate, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in my name, will teach you all things and will remind you of everything I have said to you.” John 14:25-26 NIV
I imagine it to be a little like this: You’re taking a class where you know there is going to be a test. The professor is speaking a mile a minute and your poor hand can’t keep up with taking notes. You start sweating bullets and begin to think there is no way that you’ll ever get all of this down….THEN – the professor tells you, “Oh, don’t worry about taking notes – just pay attention! I’m going to give you all of my slides and notes at the end of class for you to study. It will have everything you need to prepare for the test! Just relax and listen.”
And at that moment, you toss the pencil aside, lean back and BREATHE.
Maybe the disciples did just that – calmed down and just tried to take it all in. Then Jesus follows it up by saying that he is leaving them with PEACE. And His peace is nothing like what they find in the world.
Jesus does the same for us. We don’t have to worry about keeping up and taking notes and getting it all done. We’ll never measure up to the test of perfection. Life gets messy and we start sweating bullets and doubt starts creeping in. Our Jesus tells us not to worry, not to be troubled, not to stress over our mess! Yes, he’s got it all taken care of and that Advocate, the Holy Spirit, is still around to teach us and remind us of everything Jesus said. He’s available 24/7 – all we have to do is take advantage of the power that He offers. And oh yeah, PEACE.
“Peace, peace, wonderful peace. Flowing down from the Father above. Sweep over my spirit forever I pray, in fathomless billows of love.”