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Bible Study: John 14
Here’s a slight deviation from the Faith Series, but it shows faith nonetheless!
In John 14, it shows very dense scripture, because it’s predominantly said by Jesus (and of course Jesus is the DEEPEST person you can ever know.)
The emphasis is on verse 1-6 (for now).
If you slowly read through the chapter, you slowly see that through Jesus’ speech, you are able to see the loveliness of the Son of God.
In the first verse, Jesus says:
“Let not your heart be troubled, …”
If you think about it, Jesus has this beautiful habit of always comforting first. With patience, He corrects and comforts, making sure that the balance of hard truths and soft mercy is always conveyed. (cues the heart shape eyes)
In context, the disciples were worried, because Jesus has just told them about the disciple who would betray him, and how Peter will deny knowing Him 3 times before the rooster crows.
Knowing that it was Jesus’ time to die on the cross soon, (maybe not specifically, but they likely would have guessed) the disciples were worried about their futures, their tomorrows. What would they do? How would they go about their life?
Jesus, before expounding on every other thing, takes the time to tell them to not be afraid. He says:
I am the way, the truth and the life.
If you focus on this ONE THING, that is Jesus, then everything else will fall into place. There is no reason why your heart should be troubled.
Jesus then took the time to tell the disciples, that Jesus = God the Father.
Why is this important?
Because as Jews, the disciples were taught of the God of David and Abraham; how powerful God is, who God is. But the idea that Jesus is the Son of God, it was something new to them. Jesus wanted them to know that He was God, and God was Him. So that as they knew how strong and omnipotent God the Father was, they would know that as much as Jesus is willing to heal, that is exactly how much God wants to give them what they want.
12 “Most assuredly, I say to you, he who believes in Me, the works that I do he will do also; and greater works than these he will do, because I go to My Father. 13 And whatever you ask in My name, that I will do, that the Father may be glorified in the Son. 14 If you ask anything in My name, I will do it.
The idea is just this: Exalt Jesus, and God will exalt you. As much as you accept Jesus, that is how much God accepts you.
But that doesn’t mean as your faith fluctuates (because let’s be real, none of us can keep up faith, or our feelings), that God’s love for you fluctuates. It means how much you prize Jesus as your Saviour, God esteems you the same. Believing, loving and accepting Jesus as your Saviour is enough.
“Greater works than these he will do (verse 12)” — did you know that Goliath had 4 other brothers?
David had taken 5 stones from the brook to kill all 5 giants. But God saved the other 4 giants for the Mighty Men of David to slay.
In the same way, David is a type of Jesus. You can be a mighty man and kill the 4 giants. IF you think about it, Jesus’ existence as man was a short 34 years. How long has humankind lived? (if you just count after his death, more than 50 times longer!)
Being in Jesus, and being a Child of God gives you the privilege to do greater works. A gift from Jesus is the gift of commission.
The grace of God has produced this empowerment in you, for you to be able to do these Greater Things.
Isn’t it amazing?
So go out and do this great works!