Summary: We start off as spirituals cripples, but with Jesus’ blood and his power we can achieve greater works than Him
John 14:1-14 The Way, The Truth and The Life
Dave Galloway told of a soldier who had just returned from Viet Nam. His parents were socialites, very well to do. It was near Christmas, and they were getting ready to go out to the first of the round of parties of the Christmas season.
Just then the phone rang, & it was their son on the phone. "Mom," he said, "I’m back in the States." She said, "That’s wonderful! Where are you? Will you be home for Christmas? Can you get here in time for the parties? Everybody will just love to see you."
He answered, "Yes, I can be home for Christmas, but I want to ask you something first." "What is it?" she asked. "Well, I have a friend with me from Viet Nam. Can he come?"
"Oh, of course," she answered. "Bring him along. He’ll enjoy the parties, too." "Wait a moment, mom," he said, "I need to explain something about him. He was terribly wounded, & lost both legs & one arm. His face is disfigured, too."
There was silence on the phone for a while. Then the mother said, "That’s all right. Bring him home for a few days." "No, mom, you don’t understand. He has nowhere to live. He has no one else. I want to bring him home & to let our home be his home."
The mother was quiet again. Then she said, "Son, that just wouldn’t do. What you’re asking would be very unfair to us. Why, it would disrupt all our lives. I’m sure there are government agencies that would be more than glad to take charge of him. Look, just you hurry home for Christmas now, & then maybe you can visit him once in a while."
"Darling, I’m sorry, but we’ve got to rush or we’ll be late for the party. Call us again as soon as you know when you’ll be home. Goodbye."
When the parents returned home from the party that night, there was an urgent message from the California police asking them to call. They telephoned, & the officer said, "I’m very sorry to have to call you, but we just found a young soldier dead in a motel room. His face is disfigured, & he has lost both legs & one arm. From the documents on him it would appear that he is your son."
The section of scripture we will be studying today is a guarantee this will never happen to a true follower of Jesus Christ
The underlying message of this passage is, even cripples have a place in heaven
It doesn’t matter how messed up you are, doesn’t matter what your sins have been, if you have committed your life to Jesus Christ you are guaranteed a home in heaven
John 14:1-14 “Don’t be troubled. You trust God, now trust in me. 2 There are many rooms in my Father’s home, and I am going to prepare a place for you. If this were not so, I would tell you plainly. 3 When everything is ready, I will come and get you, so that you will always be with me where I am. 4 And you know where I am going and how to get there.”
In these verses, Jesus tells us the end of the story
Like the Star Wars story. We know the ending but don’t know how it all works out
Jesus does the same thing here, He says I’m going away and I’m coming back for you
However we left in the dark about the rest of the story
But he tells us not to worry about the details as I am going to provide the means whereby you can also get there, and also someone who will walk beside you all the way
Where is this place, my Father’s home
We should take special note of the language of relationship that permeates this section of scripture
We argue about what heaven is like, when really the point Jesus is making is you will be dwelling with The Father and I
The dimension is immaterial – what really matters is that we will be with God
And secondarily, there is a special place there for you and I
This word rooms in Greek means ’a place to live.’
This word only appears twice in the New Testament, here and in Verse 23 of this same chapter.
In that verse Jesus says, "If a man loves me, he will keep my word, and my Father will love him, and we will come to him and make our home with him."
Emphasis is on the relationship, not the facts
5 “No, we don’t know, Lord,” Thomas said. “We haven’t any idea where you are going, so how can we know the way?”