Series: Other Speakers
Sun am 16 January 2011 – Sam Festus
John 14:1-4; Eph. 2:6; John 14:5-6, 8-9, 12-14, 16-18, 25-26; Ps. 119:43, 142, 151; Hebrews 4:7, 12, 15
“Do not let your heart be troubled; believe in God, believe also in Me. In My Father’s house are many dwelling places; if it were not so, I would have told you; for I go to prepare a place for you. If I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again and receive you to Myself, that where I am, there you may be also. And you know the way where I am going. Thomas *said to Him, “Lord, we do not know where You are going, how do we know the way?” (John 14:1-5). Many people understand that this Scripture means that Jesus has gone to heaven and that He is coming back again to fetch us. We need to go a little further this morning. Jesus is under the assumption that you and I, who have come into the Kingdom of God, know the way. “And you know the way where I am going.” This is The Master saying that we know the way. Jesus went away to prepare a place for us.
“Don’t let this throw you. You trust God, don’t you? Trust me. There is plenty of room for you in my Father’s home. If that weren’t so, would I have told you that I’m on my way to get a room ready for you? And if I’m on my way to get your room ready, I’ll come back and get you so you can live where I live. And you already know the road I’m taking.” Thomas said, “Master, we have no idea where you’re going. How do you expect us to know the road?” (John 14:1-5 – Message)
We know where Jesus is and for those who have come to the knowledge of Jesus Christ, He has already come for you, so wherever He is you are. And raised us up with Him, and seated us with Him in the heavenly places in Christ Jesus (Eph. 2:6).
Thomas *said to Him, “Lord, we do not know where You are going, how do we know the way?” Jesus *said to him, “I am the way, and the truth, and the life; no one comes to the Father but through Me (John 14:5-6). The Way is not a physical road, the Way is a person, the Way is Jesus that is why Jesus could say; “you know the Way.” “If I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again and receive you to Myself, that where I am, there you may be also.” If Jesus is the Way and we follow the Way, then wherever He is, we are.
“Peace I leave with you; My peace I give to you; not as the world gives do I give to you. Do not let your heart be troubled, nor let it be fearful (John 14:27). The peace that He gives us should be a peace that keeps us in a state of rest. We need that peace to take full dominion in our lives. If we are good at something, we tend to do it ourselves, we don’t need God. At the last supper Jesus was putting together all the bits and pieces He had taught the disciples in order to help them and us on our journey in the Kingdom of God. He has given us His Way, His Word, His peace and now the Holy Spirit.
“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 “I will not leave you as orphans; I will come to you.” (John 14:16–18).
We have never been left as orphans, we might feel like it, but it is not the truth. The Holy Spirit will bring to remembrance the things Jesus spoke about and He will also be our teacher. The Father sent the Holy Spirit but He represents Jesus and the Father.
“Truly, truly, I say to you, he who believes in Me, the works that I do, he will do also; and greater works than these he will do; because I go to the Father. Whatever you ask in My name, that will I do, so that the Father may be glorified in the Son. If you ask Me anything in My name, I will do it” (John 14:12-14). What we ask in His name should be a representation of who He is. We are not asking random things, it’s in line with the plan, with what He is doing in the earth. For we are His workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand so that we would walk in them (Eph. 2:10).
Faith has to result in something so in our prayer life we begin to declare by faith the things that He has already said. Our declaration is not random but in line with what God has spoken and is doing. Start acting and living your life as a mature son in the Kingdom of God, Jesus has put everything in place for us.
For the word of God is living and active and sharper than any two-edged sword, and piercing as far as the division of soul and spirit, of both joints and marrow, and able to judge the thoughts and intentions of the heart (Heb. 4:12). We must allow this Living Word to work its way to the core of our being and prepare our hearts for the Word God brings.
For we do not have a high priest who cannot sympathize with our weaknesses, but One who has been tempted in all things as we are, yet without sin (Heb. 4:15).
“TODAY IF YOU HEAR HIS VOICE, DO NOT HARDEN YOUR HEARTS.”