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Do Whatever He Tells You: Week 3 – John 14:1-6

Jun 18, 2023
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Do Whatever He Tells You: Week 3 John 14:1-6

In John 13, Jesus had just said:

  1. I am going away
  2. I am going to die
  3. One of you is a traitor
  4. Peter would disown Him 3 times

He then went on to make a very exclusive and narrow statement when He said, “I am the Way, the Truth, and the Life. No one comes to the Father except through me.” In Chapter 14:1, Jesus says, “Let not your heart be troubled”. He is telling them not to allow themselves to be intimidated by the situation. Instead, He goes on to say, “Believe in God; believe also in me”. Jesus was asking for their trust in the midst of their confusion. They had always trusted Yahweh, and now He is telling them that if they’ve trusted the Father, they can trust Jesus too. He lets them know that He is going to prepare a place for them, and that He will come back to get them. The marriage and family culture of this time was for the groom to ask for the bride in marriage, and then go back to the family home to build a room onto the house that would be a part of the family dwelling. The groom couldn’t go back to get his bride until the father said he could go. The bride must always be ready for the groom’s return. This is the illustration that Jesus is referring to when He says “prepare a place”. Heaven isn’t full of mansions, but close-knit community where we are near to the Father. When Jesus says, “I am the Way, the Truth, and the Life”, He is not just telling them where to go, but that He is going with them. Jesus is the ONLY way TO the Father because He is the only one FROM the Father. Acts 4:12 says, “And there is salvation in no one else, for there is no other name under heaven given among men by which we must be saved.” The Way – because we’re helplessly lost The Truth – because we have been lied to The Life – because we are dead in our sin The difference with Jesus is His resurrection! You can trust Jesus because He will never fail you. He will always be present, caring for and loving you. Remember to “do whatever He tells you”. In this passage He says:
1. Do not be troubled
2. Trust me