Summary: In Jesus' final hours before his arrest, he is not above needing others to join him in prayer.
The True Love of a Lifetime
Series: A Journey with Jesus (through the Gospel of John)
Brad Bailey – February 13, 2011
Years ago I picked up a line from a book I read with my kids when they were young. In the book the father hare puts his child to bed telling them that he will love him ‘always and forever.’ So at times I when they were young I tell I will love them “always and forever.” Now inside I know it reflects an ideal I can’t fully fulfill… yet I know it speaks to what our souls cry out for… a love that is always with us…. and never leaves us…. always and forever.
Today I want us to hear that this cry for such a presence in our lives is what we were made for… and what Jesus brings into fulfillment.
We all know something of the difference we feel when someone who loves us is present with us… and when we feel that such a presence is gone and may never be known… and that we are left alone in this world.
That is where we pick up in our Journey with Jesus through the Gospel John.
It is his final hours before he will be arrested…. and led to his execution.
He is not above needing others to join him in prayer … and later this night he will invite his band of disciples to join as he goes to the nearby garden (of Gethsemane). But now he focuses on what they are facing… and feeling.
Imagine what the disciples were feeling… everything was unraveling… turning tragic.
As they gather for a night alone in Jerusalem before they head out into public again… the word is out that the religious leaders have temple guards looking all over for them. They were really ready to grab Jesus and all his followers. So the disciples had reason to be afraid.
Judas had shown himself to be a traitor and had just left the room on his way to betray Christ.
More than that, Peter had just been told that within the next 24 hours he was
going to publicly deny Christ, (John 13:38)
Then came the worst blow. Jesus told them, “I am going to go away to prepare a
place for you. You can’t come to Me until I come for you. I am not going to tell you
when I will come for you, but trust Me.” 14:1-3
Thomas reacted right away. “Jesus, you have got to be kidding. We put all of our eggs in
your basket, and now you tell us you have to leave us. Jesus, we had enough problems
trying to make it with you here. How in the world do you expect us to make it if you
leave us? (v.5) What a legitimate question to ask.
What they don’t understand is that Jesus knows better than anyone what they will face. He has imparted his life and mission to them… and now they will face what he has faced.
He also knows that he is about to be taken away …and they will not see him…. and that they will assume it’s all over.
He wants them to be prepared.
And with all we face around us and within us. Jesus has us in mind this morning….
This morning we hear Jesus begin to lay some foundations for us.