“Do not let your hearts be troubled. Trust in God; trust also in me. ²In my Father’s house are many rooms; if it were not so, I would have told you. I am going there to prepare a place for you. ³And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come back and take you to be with me that you also may be where I am. ⁴You know the way to the place where I am going. (John 14:1-4)
Do you ever wonder what heaven looks like? Could it be more wonderful then the place we already live on earth? The Lord says this place isn’t our home (John 14:2-3) and some authors say we are on a journey through this time until we meet Jesus in heaven. In places in the Bible heaven is describe as a spiritual realm (Ephesians 6:12) and Paul talks about a man who was caught up to a third heaven and he describes this heaven as paradise. (2Corinthians 12:2-4) When I think of paradise I think of a tropical island in the Pacific where I can soak in the sun and swim in sparkling blue waters. Heaven is one of peace with no struggle. That’s what I think of when heaven is compared to paradise.
The Lord says “do not let your hearts be troubled” even though we walk through the valley of the shadow of death (Psalm 23:4) “trust in God; trust also in me (Jesus Christ). Let us not look at our circumstance but look to God and trust Him through the hard times of life because He is thinking of us and preparing a place for us in His home. He is the father who is waiting patiently for His Son or Daughter to come home so that He can put a ring on your finger, a robe on, place a kiss on your cheek and celebrate for “my son was lost and now he is found” (Luke 15:11-32). The Lord says in His word “I will come back and take you to be with me” this Father is planning a future with us; we should be ecstatic that we are so loved. We do not need to be discouraged but to look forward to the time that Jesus will come for us.
⁵Thomas said to Him, “Lord, we don’t know where you are going, so how can we know the way?” ⁶Jesus answered, “I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me. ⁷If you really knew me, you would know my Father as well. From now on, you do know Him and have seen Him. (John 14:5-7)
“I am the way” you can only go to the Father through Jesus Christ. Jesus is the truth and the life which gives us hope.
All we know of Jesus is not by sight as Thomas has but through the living words that testifies that He lived and died for us in the Bible. But, also because He formed us still in our mother’s womb (Psalm 22:9, 71:6; Jeremiah 1:5; Romans 8:28-30) giving us the DNA that shouts to our every cell that Jesus Christ is our Lord… we our drawn to Him with our every fiber of our being…and as much as we want to run away from God He brings us back as He woos us to His side… we can’t get away because He is our home. The Lord says in His word if two or three are gather in my name the Lord is in our midst (Matthew 18:20)…We have seen the Father in each of our brothers and sisters in the Lord because we reflect God’s glory.
⁸Philip said, “Lord, show us the Father and that will be enough for us.” ⁹Jesus answered: “Don’t you know me, Philip, even after I have been among you such a long time? Anyone who has seen me has seen the Father. How can you say, ‘Show us the Father’? ᶦ⁰Don’t you believe that I am in the Father, and that the Father is in me? The words I say to you are not just my own. Rather, it is the Father, living in me, who is doing His work. ᶦᶦBelieve me when I say that I am in the Father and the Father is in me; or at least believe on the evidence of the miracles themselves.” (John 14:8-11)
Philip didn’t know that Jesus Christ resembled His Father and now we should resembled our Father Jesus Christ. So when you are out in the world, the world should see us as different as resembling our Father Jesus Christ. When they see you they should see Jesus Christ.
“The words I say to you are not my own. Rather, it is the Father, living in me, who is doing His work.” Jesus words were not His own because God was speaking through Him. Just as I now write to you the Spirit is speaking through my writing out to you. The Lord is teaching me through the word and the Holy Spirit is giving me the words to write to you. It astounds me that my talent was never writing but storytelling and here I am and the Spirit is flowing through me out to you. Wow! It blows my mind. If we can do this we can do anything that the Lord calls us to do. So what is stopping us?
The Lord couldn’t do the miracles on His own He needed His Father. The Lord says in His word that His Father was doing His work through Jesus Christ because Jesus Christ is in the Father and the Father is in Jesus Christ. Therefore, “I tell you the truth, anyone who has faith in me will do even greater things than these, because I am going to the Father. ᶦ³And I will do whatever you ask in my name, so that the Son may bring glory to the Father. ᶦ⁴You may ask me for anything in my name, and I will do it.” (John 14:12-14)
The word says “anyone who has faith in me”. I was talking to someone about sickness and I told them that whatever my eyes itches I give it to the Lord “by your stripes I am healed”. I believe that He will heal me. This person said “but He doesn’t heal you all the time.” I said “yes, I believe all the time because ever instances in the Bible when someone asked for healing the Lord healed them. The Lord didn’t say come back tomorrow or I will think about it. No, the Lord healed ever sickness throughout scripture and “anyone who has faith in me” will be healed, too. Be persistent and give it to the Lord. Be like the woman before the judge who was persistent in getting what she wanted. The unjust judge says “And will not God bring about justice for his chosen ones, who cry out to Him day and night? Will He keep putting them off? I tell you, He will see that they get justice, and quickly. However, when the Son of Man comes, will He find faith on the earth? (Luke 18:6-8) “Ask me in my name” the Lord says and “I will do it” but we have such little faith to believe that we can. Jesus Christ healed everyone who came to Him and during the Apostles’ times they also did awesome miracles in Jesus Christ name. But we think ‘that was then’ and ‘this is now’ but the word says that Jesus Christ is the same yesterday and today and forever. (Hebrews 13:8)
“If you love me, you will obey what I command. And I will ask the Father, and He will give you another Counselor to be with you forever ⎯ ᶦ⁷the Spirit of truth. The world cannot accept Him, because it neither sees Him nor knows Him. (John 14:15-17)
‘If’ you love me, you ‘will’ obey. The word is ‘if’ you love me. In your sinful nature (Romans 8:5-8) you cannot desire the things of God for your minds are set on what that nature desires but those who live in accordance with the Spirit have their minds set on what the Spirit desires. The mind of the sinful man is death, but the mind controlled by the Spirit is life and peace; the sinful mind is hostile to God. It does not submit to God’s law, nor can it do so. Those controlled by the sinful nature cannot please God.
Jesus says in His word that He will ask the Father for another Counselor the Spirit of truth for us ‘if’ you love me, you will obey what I command. ‘If’ we love Him and obey His commands we will get ‘another’ Counselor which means the Holy Spirit and He will come and live in us. So, now I have Jesus Christ living in me and also the Holy Spirit. Wait, the Father is in Jesus Christ and Jesus Christ lives in me since I ask Him into my life after I repented and believe on Jesus Christ…so if Jesus Christ is in the Father and the Father is in Jesus Christ and Jesus Christ is in me that means the Father is in me too. Right…now we also have the Holy Spirit in me too. WOW! So that means if Jesus did these awesome miracles with His Father and the Apostles also did amazing miracles shouldn’t we be doing awesome-amazing miracles, too? We have some unbelievable power living inside us to do mighty things for Christ. But, why aren’t we?
The problem is that the world can’t except the Holy Spirit and each and every one of us have a bit of the world in us ‘if’ we haven’t let go of the old sinful nature. (Colossians 3) So, miracles to some will never happen because it neither sees Him nor knows Him.
“I will not leave you as orphans; I will come to you. ᶦ⁹Before long, the world will not see me anymore, but you will see me. Because I live, you also will live. ²⁰On that day you will realize that I am in my Father, and you are in me, and I am in you. ²ᶦWhoever has my commands and obeys them, he is the one who loves me. He who loves me will be loved by the Father, and I too will love him and show myself to him.” (John 14:18-21)
Our Father prepares a place for us in paradise and we need to trust in His judgments for us. We need to believe He will be back soon for us because He says in His word “I will not leave you as orphans; I will come to you.” (John 14: 18) Jesus will come to us and guide us to this place He prepared for us. We are to look for that moment and keep our light burning (Matthew 25:1-13) and not be caught without oil and the door closes.
“On that day you will (we will) realize that I am in my Father, and you are in me, and I am in you.” The Holy Spirit is like a fire, river and a breath; we will know He is in us. Thank you Lord for sending the Holy Spirit.
Then Judas (not Judas Iscariot) said, “But Lord, why do you intend to show yourself to us and not the world?” ²³Jesus replied, “If, anyone loves me, he will obey my teaching. My Father will love him, and we will come to him and make our home with him. ²⁴He who does not love me will not obey my teaching. These words you hear are not my own; they belong to the Father who sent me. (John 14:22-24)
The Lord doesn’t come to the world because the world does not understand or know the Father. Only the ones who truly love the Father can come to the Father and the Father will make a home inside them. “He who does not love me will not obey my teaching.” Again the Lord says these words are not my words but my Father who sent me.
“All this I have spoken while still with you. ²⁶But the Counselor, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in my name, will teach you all things and will remind you of everything I have said to you. (John 14:25-26)
As you read the word the Holy Spirit will remind you of God’s truths and will convict, help, comfort, strengthen, interceder, teacher, and guide us through the struggles of this life so that we will continue to love and obey the teachings of the word. The word will witness to your Spirit and you will get one revelation after another through the Lord. We in our self are nothing but with Christ we are more than conquerors. (Romans 8:37)
“Peace I leave with you; my peace I give you. I do not give to you as the world gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled and do not be afraid.” (John 14:27) It is part of the world to be troubled and afraid but ‘if’ you belong to Christ you are at peace and trusting in the Lord.
“You heard me say, ‘I am going away and I am coming back to you.’ If you loved me, you would be glad that I am going to the Father, for the Father is greater than I. ²⁹I have told you now before it happens, so that when it does happen you will believe. ³⁰I will not speak with you much longer, for the prince of this world is coming. He has no hold on me, ³ᶦbut the world must learn that I love the Father and that I do exactly what my Father has commanded me.” (John 14:28-31)
“Be glad that I am going to the Father, for the Father is greater than I.” I do not know about you but when my Father was alive you heeded his advice because when I was little my mother would say “waits, till your father comes home.” Did that send fear into you? It worked every time with me. My father was like John Wayne meets a farmer and he was my idol and I can see why Jesus says “be glad that I am going to the Father, for the Father is greater than I.” Jesus’s Father is like the Mafia meets Mother Teresa and that should say “my Father is greater than I.”
The Prince of darkness is in the world now and the Lord says “He has no hold on me.” If Jesus lives in me and I am in Him then Satan has no hold on me. If the Lord says “but the world must learn that I love the Father and that I do exactly what my Father has commanded me.” Then, we the believers who are called to be salt and light (Matthew 5:13-16) to the world should step up and show the world that we love the Father and we will do exactly what the Father commands us to do.
But, ‘if’ you are trap in a sin that keeps you from loving and obeying God’s word the Father welcomes you to come in and repent and believe. For the Father turns no one away from the truth that He sent His one and only Son to become a sacrifice to us all. The word says “For God so loved the world that He gave His One and Only Son, that whoever believes in Him shall not perish but have eternal life.” (John 3:16) So, ‘if’ you believe that Jesus Christ was born a human, died on a cross made of human hands for the sins of all the world and then was raised after the third day from the dead to live at the right hand of the Father to intercede for us…come now and surrender your will because the Father is wooing you…repent and believe…ask Jesus Christ into your life…now, trust that Jesus Christ is preparing a place for you…in my Father’s house are many rooms…patiently wait with us for the coming King.
Thank you Jesus, for thinking of me and speaking to me in your word. Thank you, for your calm assurance that you will not make me an orphan but that I am a daughter of a King. Thank you, Father for sending your Son to be my hero through nothing that I had done but everything that He has done. Thank you.
Dear Lord Jesus I pray for my readers so that they may know you more. Make them lie down in green pastures so that you can lead them along the quiet waters, restore their souls. Make them read their Bibles and may they thirst and hunger for the word…lead them to fellowship with others and create in them a clean heart and renew a right spirit in them…guide them in the path of righteousness for your name’s sake…guide them into all truth in letting go of the old nature of sin and put on the new nature of love, joy, peace, kindness, goodness, gentleness, patience, faithfulness, and self-control. So that, even though we walk through the valley of the shadow of death we will not fear any evil for you O Lord are with us. Your rod and staff shall comfort us…Jesus Christ and the Holy Spirit shall be our comforter and even though there is a table prepare before our enemies. You anoint our heads with oil; our cup overflows with your goodness and mercy and we will dwell in the house of the Lord forever. (Psalm 23) Thank you Lord that you do battle for us so that we can stand our ground before the evil one. Stand firm then, with the belt of truth buckled around your waist, with the breastplate of righteousness in place, and with your feet fitted with the readiness that comes from the gospel of peace. Take up the shield of faith, with which you can extinguish all the flaming arrows of the evil one. Take the helmet of salvation and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God. (Ephesians 6:13-17) In Jesus Christ name I pray. Amen.