John 14:1-7 – Know Jesus, Know God; No Jesus, No God, Page 108, Which is the Inspired, Infallible, Living Word of God,
14 “Do not let your hearts be troubled. Believe in God, believe also in me. 2 In my Father’s house there are many dwelling places. 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, so that where I am, there you may be also. 4 And you know the way to the place where I am going.” 5 Thomas said to him, “Lord, we do not know where you are going. How can we know the way?” 6 Jesus said to him, “I am the way, and the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me. 7 If you know me, you will know my Father also. From now on you do know him and have seen him.”
2016-11-06 – John 14:1-7 – Know Jesus, Know God; No Jesus, No God, Page 108
Good morning everyone. So nice to see you all today. Thank you for being here.
What a great week in the Lord Trunk or Treat Monday, Boomerang Demo Wednesday
Today we have the privilege of reflecting upon some favorite verses in scripture.
Do not let your hearts be troubled.
In My Father’s house there are many dwellings, I go to prepare a place for you.
I am the way, and the truth, and the life..
Wonderful Christ Quotes to Hide in our hearts that provide so much comfort.
So please turn with me now to John 14:1-7, Page 108 in the Pew Bible.
Which is the Inspired, Infallible, Living Word of God
And let start with prayer. PRAYER
Last week we finished chapter 13 of this book of John the Apostle. Jesus had just revealed that He was leaving them. He was preparing them for the fact that He was headed to the cross, so He could make a way for us to be able to go to Heaven. Jesus also said that Peter, along with all the other Disciples, were going to deny even knowing Jesus in fear that they also would be persecuted. The Apostles were finally realizing that their “spiritual guide” was leaving them real soon, and they were really concerned at what the future had in store for them.
14 “Do not let your hearts be troubled. Believe in God, believe also in me.
Jesus knew His friends very well. He knew they were worried and hurt at what He had just told them. Their friend Judas had just left to turn Jesus over to the authorities and Jesus was going to leave them shortly. See how Christ took notice of their fear in this verse. Perhaps it was apparent in their looks; in the previous chapter 13:22, it says that they looked one upon another with anxiety and concern, and Christ saw that it was bothering them. Lord Jesus knows all our secret fears and sorrows. Notice here also that Jesus didn’t say let not your minds be troubled; but He said let not your hearts be troubled. You gotta know there is a difference between the two. My mind is troubled all the time with things at work, or maybe attempting to help with Algebra homework, Lol. But there is a clear difference between your mind being troubled and your heart being troubled. And woe to us when both our minds and hearts are troubled. Anyone here know what I am talking about?
The Greek word used for troubled is tar-as’-so, and it is the root word for the word uncertain. The Apostles were uncertain about their future, uncertain about their security, uncertain about what Jesus was trying to tell them, and thus their minds and hearts were troubled. Well who wouldn’t be in that circumstance, we are all human. But here in this first verse we have both the problem and the solution. I will beg for a little levity as am going to reverse these first two sentences to maybe add a little clarity. If you Believe in God and believe also in me, THEN Do not let your hearts be troubled. So many things in our world today might cause you to be troubled. Today, we see the elections are coming up. We have bills to pay, and far too frequently life is just tough isn’t it. Then there is threat of terrorism and war. All this can lead to our hearts being troubled. But Jesus said, our faith and our belief in Him and Father GOD should really be all the comfort we need to get through this. It truly boils down to faith that God is in control. Everyone say it with me “GOD is in control”. AMEN
2 In my Father’s house there are many dwelling places. If it were not so, would I have told you that I go to prepare a place for you?
Jesus is talking about Heaven here – The different versions of the Bible use different terms for this verse. Many Dwelling Places, Rooms, Mansions, Resting-places, Lodges and Abodes.
JOKE – As they were going by all the rooms, Saint Peter said “shhh – be very quiet, the Baptists think they are the only ones here”.
We really don’t know what Heaven looks like. The Bible gives us hints, and Jesus is trying to convey something in a way that maybe we have a concept of what He is talking about. We need to have faith that it is a wonderful place. A place with no weeping or pain. And a place where we will be with our Savior, our Messiah and the Heavenly Father.
I can’t hardly wait to go to Heaven and to be with God. To be with my loved ones that have passed away. To know the answers to the questions. To see God’s glory. Jesus prepared a place for me, and that is my true Home. Thank you Jesus!
3 And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again and will take you to myself, so that where I am, there you may be also.
Jesus said that He was “going” and “preparing” two times here. He is preparing a place for us in heaven, and He is preparing us for the journey as well. He is saying here that if He cares enough to prepare a place for you, then He is going to make sure you make it there as well so you can inevitably enjoy it. Otherwise it would be a waste of His time and effort wouldn’t it?
I would argue also, that Heaven has always existed. Here, Jesus refers to it as His Father’s house, and now that He has died for our sins, we have access to that house that is Heaven. Remember Jesus said earlier that He stands in the Gate, and that He is the Gate. And the Bible also says that we are a chosen people, and He chose us before the foundation of the world. Those that choose to accept Jesus Christ as their personal savior, now will join God in Heaven because of what Jesus did for us. Because He prepared a place for us. Amen and Amen.
4 And you know the way to the place where I am going.” 5 Thomas said to him, “Lord, we do not know where you are going.
This is the same Doubting Thomas that didn’t believe outright that Jesus rose from the dead. He was always bit outspoken in my opinion.. And here Thomas is the first to question Jesus about what He said to them that day.
Jesus had told the Jews, and the twelve several times where He was going, and that He was going to be persecuted and “lifted up” but yet Thomas still did not understand and frankly he had doubts.
When we read these types of accounts in scripture, we frequently say, how could he not know. Jesus told them and told them and told them, but still they had doubt; still they couldn’t figure it out. The Lord incarnate was standing right before them, doing miracles right in front of their eyes, but they were still questioning?? But then I am reminded that we are no better. God even wrote it down for us so we could study it word for word, but yet we have doubts don’t we. Forgive us dear Lord.
How can we know the way?” 6 Jesus said to him, “I am the way, and the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.
These words here can fuel a lot of deliberations and debate, especially this last sentence here. Pay close attention to these words. “I am the way, and the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me”. Many people will contend that there are many ways to Heaven, just ask Oprah. That surely Jesus wouldn’t damn people to Hell if they did not know Him. They are correct, in that Jesus doesn’t condemn them, they will condemn themselves by their sin and even their own judgement of what is right and wrong. This is a tough thing to realize but these words are true. That is why one of the last things Jesus said is recorded in Acts 1:8, where Jesus tells us to GO, Go tell the people the Gospel “good news” so they will know.. Go to the ends of the earth, go to Nigeria. Tell them so they will have the opportunity to get into Heaven. Jesus is the only way. No one comes to the Father, no one goes to Heaven except through Him.
My brother Keith asked a great question after listening to the sermon off our church webpage.. He asked, what about the people that died before Jesus came? Isn’t that a great question. Well you might be satisfied by what is written in
1 Peter 3:18-19 where it says “For Christ also suffered for sins once for all, the righteous for the unrighteous, in order to bring you to God. He was put to death in the flesh, but made alive in the spirit, in which also he went and made a proclamation to the spirits in prison.” Isn’t that awesome. When we say GOD so loved as it states in John 3:16, He meant all People.. Say it with me… God so loved the World that He gave his one and only son, that whosoever believes in Him shall not parish, but have eternal life. AMEN!
Jesus referred to Himself as The Way. You might be interested to know that the early church was sometimes referred to as The Way”. In Acts 9:2 They asked “if anyone belonging to “the Way”, both men and women, that they might bring them to Jerusalem”. Isn’t that cool. Jesus is truly the Only Way! Take it to the Bank!
7 If you know me, you will know my Father also. From now on you do know him and have seen him.”
Jesus told them this phrase in several different ways and several different times. I kind of find it humorous the way He ends here in this last verse of the day.. Almost like it is in caps and underlined. “FROM NOW ON YOU DO KNOW HIM AND YOU HAVE SEEN HIM. It is me, Okay!? Me and the father are one. Lolol
The missionary we are blessed to have here this morning told us of the work she is doing, and the work that is needed. She knows Jesus and she knows she is going to Heaven, the place that Jesus prepared for her. She chooses to love for Christ, to give up some of her own comfort so that others might have the opportunity to go to Heaven. We are told that as long as we are on this Earth, we are to share the Gospel to those that don’t know. To people that do not know Jesus and the promise that He along can bring. Let now pray about the mission, and God’s protection and God’s will be done through these efforts.