John 14:1-3 (NIV) 1 “Do not let your hearts be troubled. Trust in God; trust also in me. 2 In my Father’s house are many rooms; if it were not so, I would have told you. 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.
On verses 1-3: These words from Jesus to his disciples can also be taken as his words to us today. Jesus has prepared a place for you in heaven, in his Father’s house. The question is: do you trust Jesus (v1) to take you to his Father’s house when you die, or are you trusting in something else, trying to build your own place in heaven? Praise God that if you have placed your trust in Jesus, on the day you die you don’t leave home; you go home. For the Christian, home is where Jesus and the Father are.
John 14:4-6 (NIV) 4 You know the way to the place where I am going.” 5 Thomas said to him, “Lord, we don’t know where you are going, so how can we know the way?” 6 Jesus answered, “I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.
On verses 4-6: The way to God and to heaven is Jesus. The way to heaven is not a philosophy to believe in or a set of rules to follow. The way is a person to trust. The only way to the Father is by trusting in the person of Jesus Christ.
John 14:7-11 (NIV) 7 If you really knew me, you would know my Father as well. From now on, you do know him and have seen him.” 8 Philip said, “Lord, show us the Father and that will be enough for us.” 9 Jesus 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’? 10 Don’t you believe that I am in the Father, and that the Father is in me? The words I say to you are not just my own. Rather, it is the Father, living in me, who is doing his work. 11 Believe 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 miracles themselves.
On verses 7-11: When Philip asks Jesus to show them the Father (v8), Jesus responds by saying that anyone who has seen Jesus has seen the Father (v9), that the Father is in him and he is in the Father (v10). In other words, Jesus and the Father are not just one in purpose, as Jesus says in John 10:30. Even more, Jesus and Father are one in that Jesus is in the Father and the Father is in Jesus. To see Jesus is to see the Father (v9). To know one is to know the other. To not know one is to not know the other.
John 14:12 (NIV) 12 I tell you the truth, anyone who has faith in me will do what I have been doing. He will do even greater things than these, because I am going to the Father.
On verse 12: Can any follower of Jesus possibly do greater things than Jesus? What does Jesus mean when he says that those who have faith in Him – like us – will do even greater things than what Jesus has done? One way to think of it is in terms of quantity. Jesus ministered publicly for 3 years, reaching all of Israel and the regions surrounding Israel. You and I have the opportunity, God willing, to minister for more than 3 years and together Christians everywhere have the power to bring more people to Jesus than Jesus himself did during his lifetime. Together as the Church worldwide, we have opportunities to do things by God’s power that Jesus himself may not have done during his lifetime on earth. While no single one of us can do what Jesus has done, by Christ’s power working in us together, we His Church can do greater things.
John 14:13-14 (NIV) 13 And I will do whatever you ask in my name, so that the Son may bring glory to the Father. 14 You may ask me for anything in my name, and I will do it.
On verses 13-14: What does it mean to ask for anything in Jesus’ name? This is important because here Jesus promises that He will do whatever you ask in His name, so we better know what it means to ask in Jesus’ name.
To ask in Jesus’ name means at least two things:
1. To ask in Jesus’ name means to believe in the authority of Jesus’ name to accomplish what you’re praying for. Have faith in the name of Jesus to accomplish things that would be impossible in our own strength.
2. To ask in Jesus’ name means to ask for what Jesus would ask for. How do you know what Jesus would ask for? By growing in your relationship with Him. The better you know Jesus and what’s on his heart, the more you’ll know what to ask for.
Thank You Jesus for being the way, the truth and the life. Thank You for making a way to God and to heaven for me when I had no way on my own. Thank You for preparing a place for me in heaven, such that on the day I die, I don’t leave home, but I go home. Thank You for calling us not just to be saved, but to do greater things on this earth. Holy Spirit please empower me to do those greater things. In Jesus’ name, AMEN!