John 14:22-31

In John 14:22-31 Jesus continues to talk with His disciples about His coming death.  They still don’t get it, as evidenced by Judas’ question. Judas (not Judas Iscariot, but his other disciple with that name) said to him, “Sir, why are you going to reveal yourself only to us disciples and not to the world at large?” His disciples were still expecting Jesus to rise up and become a powerful ruler.  But that wasn’t God’s plan.  “Jesus replied, “Because I will only reveal myself to those who love me and obey me. The Father will love them too, and we will come to them and live with them. Anyone who doesn’t obey me doesn’t love me.” It was about the relationship, which is still the foundation of our walk with Jesus today.  If we love Jesus, we obey Him.  It’s about the relationship!

Jesus is quick to point out that this wasn’t His plan.  It was God’s and He was merely executing it.  “And remember, I am not making up this answer to your question! It is the answer given by the Father who sent me.”  But Jesus wasn’t leaving the disciples alone and empty handed.  He is communicating exactly what would happen and what they should expect.  “I am telling you these things now while I am still with you. But when the Father sends the Comforter instead of me*—and by the Comforter I mean the Holy Spirit—he will teach you much, as well as remind you of everything I myself have told you.”  He’s sending the Holy Spirit to live in them and through them.

But there was more.  “I am leaving you with a gift—peace of mind and heart! And the peace I give isn’t fragile like the peace the world gives. So don’t be troubled or afraid.” Jesus leaves two gifts: the Holy Spirit and His peace. Jesus has no fortune to give His followers, but He gives them gifts that can’t be bought – the presence of the Holy Spirit and the presence of peace. And then He lays the big truth on them – He’s coming back.  “Remember what I told you—I am going away, but I will come back to you again. If you really love me, you will be very happy for me, for now I can go to the Father, who is greater than I am.”

He didn’t want them to be sad over the events to come.  After all, they were appointed to Him by God.  But He did want to communicate clearly so His disciples would not be caught off guard.  “I have told you these things before they happen so that when they do, you will believe in me.” He is preparing them for something they have never experienced – seeing the Man they have followed for three years submit to evil and go to the Cross. He wants to tell them some last things before that happens. “I don’t have much more time to talk to you, for the evil prince of this world approaches. He has no power over me, but I will freely do what the Father requires of me so that the world will know that I love the Father. Come, let’s be going.” Jesus goes to the cross willingly and of His own choice.  Satan did not win over Him.  Jesus submitted to achieve the plan of grace God had for you and me!

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  1. Reblogged this on Matthews' Blog.


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