2016-11-13 – John 14.8-17 – Ask In My Name

2016-11-13 – John 14:8-17 – Ask In My Name, Page 108,
8 Philip said to him, “Lord, show us the Father, and we will be satisfied.”9 Jesus said to him, “Have I been with you all this time, Philip, and you still do not know me? Whoever has seen me has seen the Father. How can you say, ‘Show us the Father’? 10 Do you not believe that I am in the Father and the Father is in me? The words that I say to you I do not speak on my own; but the Father who dwells in me does his works.11 Believe me that I am in the Father and the Father is in me; but if you do not, then believe me because of the works themselves. 12 Very truly, I tell you, the one who believes in me will also do the works that I do and, in fact, will do greater works than these, because I am going to the Father. 13 I will do whatever you ask in my name, so that the Father may be glorified in the Son. 14 If in my name you ask me for anything, I will do it.
The Promise of the Holy Spirit
15 “If you love me, you will keep my commandments. 16 And I will ask the Father, and he will give you another Advocate, to be with you forever. 17 This is the Spirit of truth, whom the world cannot receive, because it neither sees him nor knows him. You know him, because he abides with you, and he will be in you.
18 “I will not leave you orphaned; I am coming to you. 19 In a little while the world will no longer see me, but you will see me; because I live, you also will live. 20 On that day you will know that I am in my Father, and you in me, and I in you. 21 They who have my commandments and keep them are those who love me; and those who love me will be loved by my Father, and I will love them and reveal myself to them.” 22 Judas (not Iscariot) said to him, “Lord, how is it that you will reveal yourself to us, and not to the world?” 23 Jesus answered him, “Those who love me will keep my word, and my Father will love them, and we will come to them and make our home with them. 24 Whoever does not love me does not keep my words; and the word that you hear is not mine, but is from the Father who sent me.
25 “I have said these things to you while I am still with you. 26 But the Advocate, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in my name, will teach you everything, and remind you of all that I have said to you.27 Peace I leave with you; my peace I give to you. I do not give to you as the world gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled, and do not let them be afraid. 28 You heard me say to you, ‘I am going away, and I am coming to you.’ If you loved me, you would rejoice that I am going to the Father, because the Father is greater than I. 29 And now I have told you this before it occurs, so that when it does occur, you may believe.30 I will no longer talk much with you, for the ruler of this world is coming. He has no power over me; 31 but I do as the Father has commanded me, so that the world may know that I love the Father. Rise, let us be on our way.

Good morning everyone. So nice to see you all today. Thank you for being here.
Psalm 118 This is the day that the Lord has made; let us rejoice and be glad in it.
Save us, we pray, O Lord! O Lord, we pray, give us success! Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord! We bless you from the house of the Lord.
The Lord is God, and he has made his light to shine upon us.
You are my God, and I will give thanks to you; you are my God; I will extol you.
Oh give thanks to the Lord, for he is good; for his steadfast love endures forever!
I will start you out today with a short tribute and prayer for Veterans day.

Veterans Day Prayer 2016
Almighty God, our Creator and Sustainer. You are our Light and our Fortress. You are our Wisdom and our Strength. Lord, You stirred men and women to hope and to dream for a land of freedom and justice for all, and we praise You this morning for this great nation. You have inspired many of our best and brightest to volunteer to proudly stand and defend this beloved United States of America. We gather today to remember our military personnel. We acknowledge that their service enables us to walk today as free men and women in this great land. Lord, today we seek to honor your sons and daughters who have served our country. May they gain both earthly and heavenly blessings for their unselfish love of their fellow man and country.
For those currently serving, we ask that you provide them with Your protection, Your strength, and Your peace. We ask that You would abundantly supply all their needs. We ask that You would enable them to overcome every obstacle, and we ask that You would protect their families from hurt and harm.
Father, we also give special recognition to our wounded warriors this morning. We realize that many of our heroes are dealing with physical and emotional wounds that occurred as a result of their service to our country. We ask that You Lord, the Great Physician would show them miracles as they seek to regain health, stability, and wholeness.
Lord we also lift up the families of those who have lost one of our brothers or sisters in military service. May they be comforted by You the on this day. May we never forget the sacrifices they made for our beloved country, and may they be given eternal rewards as Heroes of our nation and our way of life. May their dedication and honor be remembered as a blessing from generation to generation.
Amen and Amen..

Veterans past, present, and immediate family members please stand. Thank You!
Today you are going to hear a Jesus quote that should be burned into the heart of every Christian. “Ask In MY Name” which is the title of today’s message. We are going to talk about that quote from Jesus and discover what it is really intended to mean. Additionally, we are going to learn a little more about the Holy Spirit, and what having that Holy Spirit really means to us today and tomorrow.

So please turn with me now to John 14:8-17, Page 108 in the Pew Bible.
Which is the Inspired, Infallible, and Living Word of God
And let start with prayer. PRAYER
You may recall last week we concluded with Jesus telling the Disciples, as it is written in this chapter 14, “From now on you do know God and have seen him.” Verse 8 here continues in that conversation.
8 Philip said to him, “Lord, show us the Father, and we will be satisfied.”9 Jesus said to him, “Have I been with you all this time, Philip, and you still do not know me? Whoever has seen me has seen the Father. How can you say, ‘Show us the Father’? 10 Do you not believe that I am in the Father and the Father is in me?
So in the previous verses, it was doubting Thomas that was asking Jesus about this. Now it is Philip. And a little later we will see Judas questing the same thing. They were all struggling to understand this thing called the Trinity. That there are three persons in God, The Father, The Son, and the Holy Spirit. We have faith that this is true, but it doesn’t mean that we have to completely understand it. The Apostles are no different than us. They wanted to know, but as many of you would contend, it is confusing for us mere mortals to comprehend. And it is okay to question such things. Notice Jesus didn’t put them down or make them feel inferior, in fact, it is obvious the He instead fostered a relationship that they felt comfortable asking such questions. We should have the same demeanor and foster the same open environment so as people will feel comfortable asking questions. Regarding this Trinity issue, we should understand that Jesus and Father God are one as it says in our verse here. They are distinct individual persons but one together in spirit. We will talk about that more as we go this morning. Jesus continues here in verse 10:
The words that I say to you I do not speak on my own; but the Father who dwells in me does his works.11 Believe me that I am in the Father and the Father is in me; but if you do not, then believe me because of the works themselves.
The bible says repeatedly, that we are to know people by their works or by their fruit, and Jesus is no exception here. In Matthew 7:20 Jesus was teaching about how to properly judge Christians, said “So then, by their fruit you will recognize them”. Your fruit or works, especially over time speak much loudly than your words on what you believe, or who you believe. It is one thing to say that you are a Christian, but it should be evident in your language; in your sacrificial efforts; the people you hang with; and the trail of love or tears you leave in your wake. Jesus is saying here, look at my works, they show what is in my heart. If you question my words, then let my works be the proof of what is in my heart. We should be so confident. Saint Paul says in 1 Corinthians 11, “Do as I do, for I am doing as Christ did.” I tell you the same church today: Although I am far from perfect, like Paul, I am a sinner saved by grace alone, however “Do as I do, for I am doing as Christ did.” And please pray for me along the way, as I will continue to pray for you as well. Okay? 
12 Very truly, I tell you, the one who believes in me will also do the works that I do and, in fact, will do greater works than these, because I am going to the Father. 13 I will do whatever you ask in my name, so that the Father may be glorified in the Son. 14 If in my name you ask me for anything, I will do it.
Many people misapply this verse, thinking that, by saying “in Jesus’ name” at the end of a prayer, results in God’s granting what is asked for. This is essentially treating the words “in Jesus’ name” like a magic formula. This is a misapplication of what Jesus is intending here in these verses. Please let me explain: Praying in Jesus’ name means praying with His authority and asking God the Father to act upon our prayers because we are of one mind, so we come in the name of His Son Jesus. Praying in Jesus’ name means the same thing as praying according to the will of God. When we ask for anything according to His name or His will, effectively we are asking for something He desires in the first place. We are asking with a humble heart according to what is written in His Word, the Bible, authored by God. So when He hears us, then whatever we ask—of course God will provide. Praying in Jesus’ name is praying for things that will honor and glorify Jesus.
Matthew 6:7 says this, When you pray, don’t babble like the idolaters, since they imagine they’ll be heard for their many words. Don’t be like them, because your Father knows the things you need before you ask Him.
Again, saying “in Jesus’ name” at the end of a prayer is not a magic formula. Therefore, if what we ask in prayer what is not for God’s glory and not according to His will, then saying “in Jesus’ name” is meaningless. It is not the words in the prayer that matter, but the purpose or heart behind the prayer. Praying for things that are in agreement with God’s will is the essence of praying in Jesus’ name.
So you might be asking yourselves, what is God’s will? Well here are some examples you might apply. God wants you to be productive and for you to take care of your family. God wants you to make wise decisions and lead others to know Him. God wants you to love on the people, and He wants you to love Him and have faith in Him, and to be content with life knowing He’s got you in His grip Matthew 7. So go ahead and ask in the name of Jesus Christ, but ask for according to God’s purpose, God’s will, and God’s pleasure.
The Promise of the Holy Spirit
15 “If you love me, you will keep my commandments. 16 And I will ask the Father, and he will give you another Advocate, to be with you forever. 17 This is the Spirit of truth, whom the world cannot receive, because it neither sees him nor knows him. You know him, because he abides with you, and he will be in you.
Jesus is talking here about the Holy Spirit who is also part of the Trinity. God the Father, God the Son and God the Holy Spirit. The three make up the Trinity. It is a difficult thing to fully grasp for sure, and you might know that there are many different illustrations people have come up with to describe the Trinity. I have heard pastors use the Egg, in that it has a shell, the egg white and the yoke. I have also heard it is like an apple. We have the skin of an apple, the fruit, and of course the seeds. I have also heard some using water as an illustration, in that water can be a liquid, a solid, or a gas, but all of them are water. There really isn’t any great wisdom I could impart to you today to get you to better understand the Trinity other than reading all of God’s word to see for yourself, and plead with you to choose to believe by faith that God and the Trinity are real.
Here are two biblical based understandings for the Trinity I thought might be beneficial for us today according to scripture:
1) There is subordination within the Trinity. Throughout the Bible, it shows that the Holy Spirit is subordinate to the Father and the Son, and the Son is subordinate to the Father.
2) The individual members of the Trinity have different tasks. The Father is the ultimate source or cause of the universe. He provides divine revelation (Revelation 1:1); salvation (John 3:16); and He initiates all things.
The Son is the agent through whom the Father does the works of the creation and maintenance of the universe (1 Corinthians 8:6; John 1:3); Jesus provides God’s divine revelation (John 1:1, 16:12; Matthew 11:27); and offers salvation
(2 Corinthians 5:19; Matthew 1:21; John 4:42).
And the Holy Spirit is the means by whom the Father also gives us His divine revelation (John 16:12; Ephesians 3:5; 2 Peter 1:21); The Holy Spirit leads us to salvation (John 3:6; Titus 3:5; 1 Peter 1:2); He counsels us, provides us comfort, and is an advocate for us.
Again, three real and unique different persons, three different rolls, but all are one with the others in purpose, and in love.
Now you won’t find the word “Trinity” anywhere in the Bible, but each are mentioned throughout the old and new testament. And in a couple places it shows clearly that all three are present, like when Jesus was Baptized by John. Remember in Matthew 3:16 it says,
After Jesus was baptized, He went up immediately from the water. The heavens suddenly opened for Him, and He saw the Spirit of God descending like a dove and coming down on Him. 17 And there came a voice from heaven: This is My Beloved Son. For which I am pleased!
I believe in God the Father, I believe in God the Son, and I believe in God the Holy Spirit, and I pray you choose to do so likewise.
Now the rest of this chapter 14 of the Gospel of John is a reiteration of what was said both in this chapter and the previous. Call it an executive summary if you will. And thus I am just going to read through it with you now.
According to John, Jesus said here in verse 18:
18 “I will not leave you orphaned; I am coming to you. 19 In a little while the world will no longer see me, but you will see me; because I live, you also will live. 20 On that day you will know that I am in my Father, and you in me, and I in you.
21 They who have my commandments and keep them are those who love me; and those who love me will be loved by my Father, and I will love them and reveal myself to them.” 22 Judas (not Iscariot) said to him, “Lord, how is it that you will reveal yourself to us, and not to the world?” 23 Jesus answered him, “Those who love me will keep my word, and my Father will love them, and we will come to them and make our home with them. 24 Whoever does not love me does not keep my words; and the word that you hear is not mine, but is from the Father who sent me.
25 “I have said these things to you while I am still with you. 26 But the Advocate, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in my name, will teach you everything, and remind you of all that I have said to you.27 Peace I leave with you; my peace I give to you. I do not give to you as the world gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled, and do not let them be afraid. 28 You heard me say to you, ‘I am going away, and I am coming to you.’ If you loved me, you would rejoice that I am going to the Father, because the Father is greater than I. 29 And now I have told you this before it occurs, so that when it does occur, you may believe.30 I will no longer talk much with you, for the ruler of this world is coming. He has no power over me; 31 but I do as the Father has commanded me, so that the world may know that I love the Father. Rise, let us be on our way.
Thank You Lord for your most precious Word.
We started this worship service with a tribute to the military. Many of them died for our freedom. There is another that died for all, His name is Jesus Christ. He put Himself on the cross so that we can have a different kind of freedom. True freedom for all of eternity. Jesus said, as it is written in John 8:32 ““If you continue in My word, you are truly My disciples. Then you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free.”
Let me remind you that there were two men that died with Jesus that day 2000+ years ago. They both were criminals. One of them chose to believe in Jesus that day. Although he never had the opportunity to prove himself by doing good works. He never was baptized and never even attended a church service. But he asked Jesus while both of them were still hanging from the cross, he said “Jesus, remember me when you come into your kingdom.” And Jesus responded, “Truly, I say to you, today you will be with me in paradise.”
Everyone one of us has a bucket load of sin we have accrued throughout our all our lives. Like the criminal on the cross, none of us deserve a savior. But Jesus offers it to us anyway. Will you accept His forgiveness. Will you except His eternal freedom, His eternal life? Do not deny Jesus any longer. Help make His death and sacrifice mean something today.

Lord’s Supper