First of all Happy New Year of 2017!
Now let’s get right into it. I picked up my Bible today and went back to John. I read quite a bit of it, skipping over some parts but then really digging deep into some others. I found that I was really drawn to chapters 14 and 15, which are now covered in highlighter ink and writing. In this post, I will be focusing on chapter 14 and expressing what I have taken away from it (and I encourage all of you to read through John as well!).
So chapter 14 starts off with a verse about trusting in God (“Don’t let your hearts be troubled. Trust in God, and trust also in me.” Me referring to Jesus, who is speaking). We need to trust in Jesus because everything he says is true. Looking back over what I have read of John, there are multiple places where Jesus says something like “I tell you the truth” (John 8:51 for example). So when you read on and he talks about preparing a place for you, you should trust his words because Jesus only speaks the truth.
After a question from Thomas about where Jesus is going (I encourage you to read chapter 14 to see what he asks), Jesus says that he is the Way, the Truth and the Life. Now at first I was really confused by these terms. Of course I’ve heard them my entire life because I’ve grown up in the church, but I never really examined them personally. So after reading through my study notes, here’s what I have concluded:
Jesus is the only way to the Father, or really, belief in Jesus and who he says he is (“No one can come to the Father except through me.” John 14:6)
Jesus is the reality of God’s promises; He is the Messiah that has been foretold about by the prophets; He also expressed the truth by telling people that they are sinners that are turned away from God and that He Himself is the Son of God who has made a way to God for them
Jesus joins his divine life to ours by coming to earth as a human and telling the truth about himself being the Son of God and the only way to get to God
Summary [From my study notes]
“Jesus is, in truth, the only living way to the Father”
So, now jumping down to verse 15, it is clear that the only way to show Jesus that we love him is to obey his commandments. Once we do this (and accept his as our Savior and the Son of God) he will send an “Advocate” to us, who will never leave us. Who is this Advocate? The Holy spirit. If we wanted to translate the word which means “advocate,” we would end up with something along the lines of “Comforter,” “Encourager,” and “Counselor.” The Holy Spirit is with you to “teach you everything” and to “remind you of everything that I [Jesus] have told you” (John 14:26). The Holy Spirit is, in short, “a powerful person on our side, working for and with us.” (From study notes)
As we finish up the chapter, we find that Jesus is also leaving us with a gift: peace of mind and a heart (John 14:27-29). Jesus tells us not to worry about his going away, because he will return. Looking back at the start of the chapter, we need to trust his words and not become troubled or afraid when he is gone (end of verse 27).
So that’s about it! I hope you guys enjoyed and maybe even found this helpful for your own personal Bible study time. If you guys have any comments or questions, I would love to hear from you and try to answer your questions if I can, just remember that I still have questions too. 🙂
I also just want to thank you all for following my blog and supporting me. You all really are amazing and I hope you all have an amazing day as well as an amazing new year!