Summary: The Private Ministry of Jesus follows His Public Ministry. Jesus’ Private Ministry prepares His followers for what lies ahead.
John Chapter 14
Read John 14:1-14
People all over the world are seeking comfort as they long for peace and joy in their hearts.
Jesus alone can bring that comfort, peace and joy.
When you leave this Bible study today, you will go to our parking lot, get in your car and go home.
Do you believe that your car will take you home?
Just believing that your car will take you home won’t get you home.
You believe in your car so much that you commit yourself to your car, you get into it, and you trust that it will get you home.
That’s the way you get saved; you believe in Christ, and you trust and commit yourself to Him.
Verse 2 “many rooms” or “mansions” (KJV).
What is the Father’s house in our vast universe?
Today, we live on planet Earth, a very minor, small planet that’s just a tiny blue speck in the vastness of space.
Our Galaxy is only one galactic system among the trillions and trillions of galactic systems in our universe which may or may not be the only universe.
Our nearest neighbor Galaxy is Andromeda, which is some 2 million light years away from Earth.
If you got in a space ship and traveled to Andromeda to borrow a cup of sugar, the round trip would take you 4 million years provided you could travel at least as fast as the speed of light.
Our Father’s house is the infinite universe which He created with one divine breath billions of years ago, before time for us here on earth began.
The “many rooms” are “abiding places” God has prepared for us to live.
God could have very easily brushed off this little earth when sin entered the human heart, and started over again, but He wouldn’t do that because of His love for us.
“…if it were not so, I would have told you” (verse 2): Jesus puts His entire reputation on the line here, and you either believe Him or you don’t believe Him.
In verse 3, Jesus said, “I will come back and take you to be with me…”
This is the first time in the Bible where you find God promising to take someone off this earth to the place that He has prepared for us to permanently abide.
John Chapter 14 is the greatest chapter of comfort in the Bible, for God is moving uncompromisingly toward the day when He puts His own Son upon the throne here on earth, and that will be the Kingdom of Heaven.
In verse 4, Jesus tells His Disciples two things: the destination, which is the “where,” and the way to go, which is the “how.”
That’s having the know how and the do how!
Doubting Thomas, who had a question mark for a brain, asked a really good question in verse 5.
Jesus said, “I am the way and the truth, and the life.”
Jesus is not just the person who shows us the way, but He, personally, is the Way.
No church ceremony can bring you to God.
Only Christ can bring you to God.
He is the Way.
“No one comes to the Father except through me.”
Here Jesus made a dead-end street of all the cults and “isms” of our world.
He says the only way to God is through Him, and millions of people have been coming to Christ on the basis of His statement, “I am the Way.”
Verse 8: Philip was usually a very quiet individual, the opposite from Peter or Thomas.
Philip said, “Lord, show us the Father and that will be enough for us.”
I’d like to ask you a personal question, "Have you seen the Father?"
You can see the Father through creation and through Jesus, the Son.
Our goals in life may be worthy goals, but the highest goal is this goal expressed by Philip, “Lord, show us the Father and that will be enough…”
Read John 14:15-31
This is the greatest promise ever made!
Have you ever tasted a nice, cold, refreshing CocaCola?
I’m sure you have, and so have hundreds of millions of other people around the world.
During World War II, Robert Woodruff said that in his lifetime he wanted everyone in the world to have a taste of CocaCola.
Talk about a personal vision!
Robert Woodruff and his colleagues reached their generation around the world for CocaCola.
How big is your vision?
Have you ever thought about what God could do through you to influence other people?
Jesus wasn’t kidding when he called his disciples to impact the world for His name.
Jesus challenged His disciples.
Today, that same challenge is for you and for me!
We’re to dream great dreams in our Christian life.
We’re to plan great plans in our Christian life.