14 John

Author

Rob Schulze

Scripture

John 14:1-31

Observation

  • Jesus continues to prepare, warn and comfort his disciples.  Responding to Peter’s “where are you going” question, Jesus tells them he’s going to prepare a place for them in his Father’s house and then he’ll return for them so that they can be there too.
  • Jesus tells them they know where he’s going but Thomas responds that they do not know where Jesus is going so how can they know the way?
  • Jesus responds to Thomas – “I am the way and the truth and the life.  No one comes to the Father except through me.”  Knowing Jesus is knowing the Father as well.
  • Philip says, “Lord, show us the Father and that will be enough for us.
  • Jesus responds that seeing him is seeing the Father and explains that “I am in the Father, and that the Father is in me.”  Jesus does not speak on this own authority but rather it is the Father living in him who is doing his work through Jesus.  If they do not believe the Father is living in Jesus than they should believe on the evidence of the works he’s done.
  • Jesus than states that whoever believes in Jesus will do the works he has been doing and they will do even greater works than what Jesus did because he’s going to the Father because Jesus will do whatever they ask in Jesus’ name so that the Father will be glorified in the Son.
  • Jesus is direct with his disciples – “If you love me, keep my commands.”
  • Jesus will ask the father to give his disciples another advocate who can help and be with them forever—the Spirit of Truth.
  • The world cannot accept the Spirit because it neither sees him nor knows him.  But the disciples know the Spirit he has lived with them and will soon be in them.
  • Soon the world will not see Jesus but the disciples will because he will live and live in them.
  • Keeping Jesus’ commands is how we love Jesus and we will be loved by the Father and Jesus as he shows himself to those who keep his commands.
  • Judas asks, “But, Lord, why do you intend to show yourself to us and not to the world?
  • Jesus distinguishes between those who belong to him vs. those who belong to the world as simply those who obey his teaching and show that they love him and those who do not obey his teaching and therefore reveal that they do not love Jesus.
  • These words are from the Father who sent Jesus and who will soon send the Advocate, the Holy Spirit, in Jesus’ name to teach the disciples all things and remind them of everything Jesus said to them (which is exactly what the Spirit’s doing with John 50-60 years later as he pens these words).
  • Jesus gives peace unlike the world so the disciples should not be troubled or afraid.
  • The disciples should be glad Jesus is going to the Father, for the Father is greater than Jesus.
  • Jesus speaks of near future so that they may believe when it happens.
  • Jesus indicates his time is short because the prince of this world (the devil) is coming yet he has not hold over Jesus.  The devil will come so that the world may learn how Jesus loves the Father and does exactly what the Father commands him.

Application

John 14 is mostly Jesus responding to 4 questions from 4 disciples that I’ll translate into what the Spirit’s teaching me…

  • What is a relationship with the Creator of the Universe like?  I don’t have a relationship with God like I do with a good friend.  I’m in a relationship with God because he’s in me!  Who am I that I can know and be in relationship with the Father, the Son and the Spirit?!  Knowing Jesus is knowing the Father (v. 7) and the Father sends the Spirit to live in us (v. 17).  Jesus is in the Father, and disciples are in Jesus and Jesus is in the disciples and the Spirit is also in the disciples (v. 20 & v. 17)  I need to meditate on this daily as I can too easily intellectualize Scripture and forget the indwelling Holy Spirit is teaching me how to know Jesus.
  • How can I know and love Jesus?  Follow in his steps and imitate his way of obeying the Father.  Jesus says and does what the Father says (v. 24)
  • If God loves us, why does evil still harm God’s people (why do bad things happen to good people)?  Jesus points to the devil’s coming to crucify him as a means so that those who will follow Jesus may learn from his example of loving the Father by doing exactly what the Father commands him.
  • What’s the overall point and application of John 14?  Those who love Jesus are those who keep his commands just as he demonstrates by willingly going to the cross.  Those who obey can ask Jesus for anything in his name and he will do it.
  • I doubt sometimes that I can really obey all of Jesus’ teaching and commands.  God knows my human capacity so he sends us the Spirit who helps us and advocates for us before the Father.  The Spirit is a never-ending power supply to motivate me and enable me to obey Jesus by doing what’s so hard for me—loving difficult people, being patient, gentle and kind when I’m hungry, tired and worn out, etc..

Prayer

Father, thank you for sending Jesus to us and Jesus, thank you for sending the Spirit to us.  I’m baffled that you, Creators of the Universe, are my Father, friend and advocate.  Help me not to walk through this day in my strength and being swayed by the world’s priorities when you, Almighty Trinity… Father, Son and Spirit are with me and desiring to show me what you are doing and how I can participate in your redemption work.  Just as you said what the Father told you, Jesus may I do the same.  I’m also emboldened by your promise to ask for anything in your name and you will do it.  Therefore, based on your promise in John 14, I ask you to heal Mike Garcia’s wife.  I ask you to bring whoever stole Ryan Davidson’s tools to repentance.  I ask you to heal Lupe and Michelle as their livers thrive and help enable each of them to flourish.  I ask you to draw our Trinity children to Jesus.  May each child walk and obey your ways for a lifetime out of their love for you fueled by your Spirit.  Will you give us your boldness to share Jesus with those within our spheres of influence.  Lord, bring to mind those five people you want to draw to yourself and may we sow and water the seed of your gospel into their lives knowing that Jesus—you will draw them to yourself and cause the seed to grow.  Father, fill us with your Spirit that we may be filled with your Spirit’s fruit and may others take notice that we are your disciples by our love for another.  Help us to love each other as close family sacrifices and loves one another.  Father, for those who are under-employed and under-paid who need greater provision, will you give them the faith to take daily faith steps in pursuing work and within their current jobs with a confidence that you reward their faith.  Father, heal broken marriages and replace the devil’s and world’s lies with your grace and truth.  Spirit, speak directly to those who are listening to the world’s false narrative and transform their minds by the Word so that they can follow your kingdom script for their lives and marriages.  Father, may we wear out the heater and plumbing of our baptismal because of lost people meeting you and declaring their decision to follow you and be fishers of others.  Father, may our replicate groups replicate over and over.  Break us out of our coziness so that the gospel will spread.  Father, glorify your Son through us as we abide in you, In Jesus name we ask with faith.  Amen

 

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