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In the book of John we find four chapters filled with words Jesus spoke just before He was arrested.
These can be viewed as His last words, and therefore they are very important.
Let us look at some of the things Jesus said to His disciples, and to us, in the fourteenth chapter of John.
The chapter starts with these words: "Do not let your heart be troubled; believe in God, believe also in Me" (vs.1).
Having a troubled heart is something many of us struggle with.
But Jesus said we don't have to let our hearts be troubled.
And He tells us exactly why our hearts shouldn't be troubled as well as how to get rid of that troubled heart - believe in God the Father and in Jesus Himself.
Faith in God and in the finished work of Jesus gives us hope.
When we have hope everything seems less negative and more positive, for we know God will come through for us and do what He has promised to do.
So if you struggle with a troubled heart, get in the Word of God. According to Romans 10:17 faith comes by hearing the Word of Christ (the Word of God in some translations), so when you get in the Word and read, study and meditate on the promises of God, faith will come and your troubled heart will be replaced with a believing heart, a heart filled with hope.
Next we skip down a couple of verses to verses 7-9: "'If you had known Me, you would have known My Father also; from now on you know Him, and have seen Him.' Philip said to Him, 'Lord, show us the Father, and it is enough for us.' Jesus said to him, 'Have I been so long with you, and yet you have not come to know Me, Philip? He who has seen Me has seen the Father; how can you say, 'Show us the Father'?'"
Knowing Jesus is knowing the Father.
Seeing Jesus is seeing the Father.
Romans 1:3 says Jesus is the "exact representation of His [the Father's] nature."
When we read the gospels and see how Jesus interacted with people, what He said and did, we know it is exactly what the Father does.
In fact, Jesus said, "...the Son can do nothing by Himself; He can do only what He sees His Father doing, because whatever the Father does the Son also does" (John 5:19).
Knowing and seeing Jesus is knowing and seeing the Father.
Let us skip down another couple of verses. In verse 15 we read: "If you love Me, you will keep My commandments."
Remember being in love?
Everything you said and did was meant to please the one you were in love with.
That is but a tiny example of what Jesus meant when He spoke the words in verse 15.
When we truly understand God's love for us, we will love Him back. And we will do the things that are pleasing to Him. We will walk in love ourselves, as that is the commandment Jesus gave.
However, we cannot do any of the above, nor any of the other things Jesus spoke about in chapters 14-17 in our own strength.
We need help.
And Jesus promised to give us the help we need: "I will ask the Father, and He will give you another Helper, that He may be with you forever; that is the Spirit of truth, whom the world cannot receive, because it does not see Him or know Him, but you know Him because He abides with you and will be in you... But the Helper, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in My Name, He will teach you all things, and bring to your remembrance all that I said to you" (vs.16-17;26).
Jesus promised the Holy Spirit and on the day of Pentecost the Spirit came, just as promised. Now He lives inside every born again child of God.
is there to:
- help us
- to strengthen us
- to enable us
- to comfort us
- to lead and guide us
- to counsel us
- to teach us
- to remind us of the things He has already taught us, and so much more.
Jesus told us to have faith.
He told us to know Him is to know the Father also.
He told us to walk in love because He first loved us.
And He sent the Holy Spirit to help us do what we cannot do in our own strength.
Let us give Him all the glory for who He is and for what He has done for us!