Lessons For Times When We Feel Alone – John 14
Intro: The disciples were being prepared by Jesus for a humanly impossible task. Reach the world. They would be without the physical presence of Jesus. He had been with them up until now. He begins with encouragement and comfort. We need it too.
1- We have the promise of a PREPARED PLACE. No matter what happens in the world – this is not the end, but the beginning of something more. John 14:1-4 Some of the sweetest words ever recorded. Let not your heart be troubled…
2- We have a message to deliver, a PRECISE PROCLAMATION. John 14:6 For all times. It is not obscure. It is not optional. Jesus declared that He is the way to God because he is the truth of God (John 1:14) and the life of God (John 1:4 3:15; 11:25)
3- We have a belief based outcome of PROMISED POTENTIAL. John 14:12-13 Jesus as God incarnate is unmistakably clear in this Gospel John 14:12 “greater works” – based on believing v 12 Jesus did not mean greater works in power, but in extent. (In some ways, via internet, etc we can reach more than ever.) They would become witnesses to all the world through the power of the indwelling and infilling of the Holy Spirit (Acts 1:8) and would bring many to salvation because of the Helper dwelling in them. The only way Jesus’ disciples would be able to be used to do those greater works was through the power of the Holy Spirit, and he could not be sent as the Helper until Jesus returned to the Father (John 14:26; 7:39)
4- We have a promise of PROVISION & PRESENCE of God for any need in regard to our mission. John 14:13 – 26 – What comfort!!! What resources!! All to accomplish the task. (To ask in Jesus’ “name” does not mean to tack such an expression on the end of a prayer as a mere formula. It means:1) the believer’s prayer should be for his purposes and kingdom and not selfish reasons; 2) the believer’s prayer should be on the basis of his merits and not any personal merit or worthiness; and 3) the believer’s prayer should be in pursuit of his glory alone.) Verse 18 – not orphans. Remembrance. Teaching. Everything!!
5 – We have a PROMISED PEACE for our life and work. Our world is full of stress, depression, and every unbelievable issue. BUT …. John 14:27 Benefit of obedience. Him going away AND coming again. And as “the Prince of Peace” (Isa 9:6) He brought it into flesh, carried it about in His Own Person (“My peace”) died to make it ours, left it as the heritage of His disciples upon earth, implants and maintains it by His Spirit in their hearts.
He was preparing them and empowering them to face all odds and let the world KNOW ——
Beloved all this WE have! No excuses! The disciples were prepared – and we are too.