“I Am Going, But I AM the Way!”
John 13:36-14:7 Assurance and Guidance.
Sometimes the paragraph breaks in our Bibles don’t coincide with the thoughts or actions that are displayed. In 13:36 Peter asks the question that arose when Jesus said, “Where I am going, you cannot come”. (vs. 33) This statement and subsequent question sets the stage for Jesus explanation which follows in chapter 14. ______________________________________________
In 14:1 Jesus pivots from speaking directly to Peter and now speaks to the entire gathering of disciples. He starts with encouragement: “Let not your heart be troubled”. _________________
1. First Jesus reminds them that they believe in God (the Father). __________________________
They have also had the hands on experience of living with Jesus: “trust also in Me.” This reality is what John communicated in chapter 1, verse 14: “And the Word became flesh and dwelt among us, and we beheld His glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father, full of grace and truth.” This reminder that He is worthy of their trust has been proved out by the signs that He has exhibited among them. Remember Nicodemus testimony, “You are a teacher come from God; for no one can do these signs that You do unless God is with him.” (3:2)
The disciples are about to enter a new season, Jesus is going away_________________________
So that is where Jesus points the disciples next: “In My Father’s house are many mansions”. Jesus here begins to answer Peter’s question. “If it were not so, I would have told you. I go to prepare a place for you. And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again and receive you to Myself; that where I am, there you may be also.” ______________________________________________
To the ears of His disciples Jesus reference to “mansions” would have been helpful. The Greek term is “mone” and is closely linked with the Greek verb “meno” which means to abide, used 40 times in this gospel. So this teaching about heaven is understood in human terms as a place when it is more literally apprehended in the Greek as “in the presence_____________________________
This understanding is key so that we can comprehend verse 4 and not have the same difficulty that Thomas experienced. _____________________________________________________________
“I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through Me.” Let’s deconstruct this statement. I am the way – this is the answer to Peter’s and Thomas.
Over and over in this gospel Jesus has declared that He has come from the Father. His roll has been “to do the will of Him who sent Me.” Jesus has come to men and we are invited to draw close while God is near. Now He returns to the Father and in completion of His mission becomes the Way that we can come to the Father
2. Jesus is the truth – this explains the first facet of how He is the way. He is the revealer. As the living Word He is the fulfillment of “Thy Word is Truth”.
3. Jesus is the life – “I have come that you may have life to the full”. This abundant life as believers is the beginning of our eternal life with Him. John spoke of this in chapter one as well: “In Him was life, and the life was the light of men.” Out of the darkness into the light. Follow the light for it is the Way.
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