Bible Reading: John 14:1-14
Many years ago I heard someone say that people would sometimes ask difficult questions about the Christian faith and they did not know the answer. They decided to be honest and say that they did not know, but that they would seek out the answer and give it when they had found it. As the death of Jesus approached the disciples were increasingly anxious and asking questions, and Jesus encouraged them by telling them what would happen. Let’s look at some of the things that Jesus said to encourage them.
Firstly, Jesus told them that He was going ahead of them to prepare a place for them [John 14:2-3]. When Jesus speaks of My Father’s House He is clearly speaking of heaven, and many rooms [monē – Greek], are not so much small spaces as dwelling places. Elsewhere Jesus speaks of an everlasting home [Luke 16:9]. Writing to the Corinthians Paul speaks of “the things that God has prepared for those who love Him” [1 Corinthians 2:9]. For those who love Jesus He has prepared a beautiful place in which to dwell.
Secondly, Jesus told them that the only way to the Father was through Him [John 14:6]. There is no other way in which we can come to God except through Jesus. When He died upon the cross the curtain that separated the Holy Place from the Holy of Holies was torn apart and all may enter God’s presence [see Hebrews 10:19]. Luke makes it very clear, “there is no other name under heaven given among men by which we must be saved” [Acts 4:12]. Jesus is the way!
Thirdly, Jesus told them that He would come back to them [John 14:3]. Later in the chapter Jesus speaks about the Holy Spirit, and says, “I will not leave you orphans; I will come to you” [John 14:18]. There have been various interpretations to this truth that Jesus will come back to them. Some see it as fulfilled in the resurrection, and others through Christ’s second coming. Others see it as Christ living in His children by the Holy Spirit. Each of these interpretations is correct. Before Jesus returned to heaven He promised, “I am with you always, even to the end of the age” [Matthew 28:20].
Fourthly, Jesus told them that they had to continue His work [John 4:12]. They would do the works that Jesus had done and even greater works because He was going to His Father. This must be connected to the Holy Spirit working through them. The greater works could not possibly be in terms of the quality of the works but the quantity of the works.
Why was it important for the disciples to have these answers to their questions? What questions do you have that you would like God answer? Why not ask Him and listen to His response?
Why do you think it is important to emphasize that Jesus is the only way to God, even if it is an unpopular truth in today’s multi-faith society?
Why did Jesus say that we would do greater works than He did?