This is a very centralized chapter. Jesus elaborates in the wonders that await us in heaven when He returns and of our comforter, the Holy Spirit. Yes, Jesus promised to come back for His children, soon very soon. We yearn for His glorious second coming and hope to be alive when this event occurs. The bible says that the gospel must be preached upon all nations (Mark 13:10) before He returns, I want to be part of this contribution, do you? And don’t be afraid, for Jesus has promised us the Holy Spirit to guide us to all truth and show us all things. So what’s holding you back from completely serving Jesus and accepting Him as your Lord and Savior?
1 “Do not let your hearts be troubled. You believe in God#; believe also in me. 2 My Father’s house has many rooms; if that were not so, would I have told you that I am going there to prepare a place for you? 3 And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come back and take you to be with me that you also may be where I am. 4 You know the way to the place where I am going.”
Jesus the Way to the Father
5Thomas said to him, “Lord, we don’t know where you are going, so how can we know the way?”
6Jesus answered, “I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me. 7If you really know me, you will know my Father as well. From now on, you do know him and have seen him.”
8Philip said, “Lord, show us the Father and that will be enough for us.”
9Jesus answered: “Don’t you know me, Philip, even after I have been among you such a long time? Anyone who has seen me has seen the Father. How can you say, ‘Show us the Father’? 10Don’t you believe that I am in the Father, and that the Father is in me? The words I say to you I do not speak on my own authority. Rather, it is the Father, living in me, who is doing his work. 11Believe me when I say that I am in the Father and the Father is in me; or at least believe on the evidence of the works themselves. 12Very truly I tell you, whoever believes in me will do the works I have been doing, and they will do even greater things than these, because I am going to the Father. 13And I will do whatever you ask in my name, so that the Father may be glorified in the Son. 14You may ask me for anything in my name, and I will do it.
Jesus Promises the Holy Spirit
15 “If you love me, keep my commands. 16 And I will ask the Father, and he will give you another advocate to help you and be with you forever— 17 the Spirit of truth. The world cannot accept him, because it neither sees him nor knows him. But you know him, for he lives with you and will be# in you. 18 I will not leave you as orphans; I will come to you. 19 Before long, the world will not see me anymore, but you will see me. Because I live, you also will live. 20 On that day you will realize that I am in my Father, and you are in me, and I am in you. 21 Whoever has my commands and keeps them is the one who loves me. The one who loves me will be loved by my Father, and I too will love them and show myself to them.”
22Then Judas (not Judas Iscariot) said, “But, Lord, why do you intend to show yourself to us and not to the world?”
23Jesus replied, “Anyone who loves me will obey my teaching. My Father will love them, and we will come to them and make our home with them. 24Anyone who does not love me will not obey my teaching. These words you hear are not my own; they belong to the Father who sent me.
25 “All this I have spoken while still with you. 26 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. 27 Peace I leave with you; my peace I give you. I do not give to you as the world gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled and do not be afraid.
28 “You heard me say, ‘I am going away and I am coming back to you.’ If you loved me, you would be glad that I am going to the Father, for the Father is greater than I. 29 I have told you now before it happens, so that when it does happen you will believe. 30 I will not say much more to you, for the prince of this world is coming. He has no hold over me, 31 but he comes so that the world may learn that I love the Father and do exactly what my Father has commanded me.
“Come now; let us leave.
Amazing introduction, Jesus begins telling us “Don’t let your hearts be troubled.” So He’s like chill son/daughter/friend I am here to help you not hurt you. What He reveals may seem out of this world and unrealistic, but He reminds us that if we believe in God, then to believe in Him because Jesus is in the Father and the Father is in Jesus. He builds a type of security wall so we can trust Him. But could you imagine the closeness of their relationship? Wouldn’t you like to have such confidence and closeness in Jesus too? He has laid his life for you more than 2,000 years ago and has probably saved you from dangers and came to your rescue in times of need. Now think how awesome it can get if you lived, talked, walked, and loved like He did? The same peace, love, and confidence He carried out are the same ones you can have if you follow the way. When Thomas asked what is “the way” (vs. 5) that Jesus is talking about Jesus responds that He is the way to life. Therefore, following Jesus will give you a life like you never imagined. He promised a life of abundant blessings, love, peace, hope, and fearlessness because Jesus wants His children to live! When He was about to leave to heaven, the disciples did not understand what Jesus was really doing, but like us we would have felt the sorrow of the departure of a great friend or loved one. But Jesus never left them or us alone. He promised the descending of the Holy Spirit. The Holy Spirit who is like an Advocate to us, to teach us all things, and remind us of all the things Jesus has said in His word. Aren’t you glad we have the Holy Spirit? Because most of us may not have the talent to remember everything we read or get too nervous and worried to remember, but now we have the assurance of the Holy Spirit’s help. The relationship between Jesus the son, the Father, and the Holy Spirit is that the Holy Spirit is the way to Jesus and Jesus is the way to the Father. The Holy Spirit convicts us of our sin and is always working in the lives of people. It is that whispering voice that tells you to surrender to Jesus and give Him a chance. The Holy Spirit is one of the best gifts we can receive as humans because through it we have access to the promises of Christ when we are in need and don’t have our bibles in hand. In times of trouble the Holy Spirit will be the one speaking, the one to remind us that Jesus is with us till the end of time. But it can only remind you of the things you have actually read of Jesus’s word. This calls for study and reading of God’s word like you are doing now and be prepared for what is coming up in the near future. A promise we can always claim is that anything that is asked in the name of Jesus shall be done. According to His will all the pure desires of your heart will be fulfilled at His right time. But don’t be double minded my friends, believe in His divine power to answer your prayers!
My prayers continue to be for you fellow readers. May you encounter Jesus today and get to know Him personally more than you did yesterday.
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