Wednesday, November 7, 2012

Nov 7: John 14

Today's reading in our daily plan is John 14. Take a moment to pray, asking God to speak to you from this passage. Then read, using the following notes and questions to help you get everything out of the passage.

SAY WHAT? (What is the passage saying?)

  • In this chapter John records many important truths uttered by Jesus:

    • “I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.” While simple to repeat, this truth is hard to swallow in our pluralistic culture.
    • “I tell you the truth, anyone who has faith in me will do what I have been doing. He will do even greater things than these, because I am going to the Father.” Jesus taught people about God, healed miraculously, and perfectly followed God’s will. While it is a tall order to do these things, Jesus didn’t leave us to ourselves. After his death and resurrection, God’s Holy Spirit (talked about later) lives inside Jesus’ followers and enables them to know and do the will of God.
    • “You may ask me for anything in my name, and I will do it.” Contrary to some churches on television this does not mean that Jesus gives us whatever we want when we use his name. The “in my name” qualifier means: according to his’ will. If you ask God to do something that is according to what He wants, it will happen!
    • “If you love me, you will obey what I command.” Jesus is telling his disciples to follow him and love each other.
    • “But the Counselor, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in my name, will teach you all things and remind you of everything I have said to you.” One of the things that John says the Holy Spirit will do in the life of Jesus’ followers is teach them. A common way this happens in our lives is when we grow closer to God by reading the bible. 

SO WHAT? (What are the underlying principles?)

  • Because Jesus is the only way to God it is important that everyone knows it. This shouldn’t be used as ammunition but instead, as a simple truth that is, admittedly, hard to believe.
  • Anyone can read the Bible but not everyone will grow closer to God as a result. It takes the Holy Spirit to show us who God really is.

NOW WHAT? (How will you personally apply this passage?)

  • Jesus really lays the teaching on his disciples in this chapter. What parts did you find challenging? How would some of your friends and acquaintances react to these teachings? When, where, and how could you talk about Jesus with your friends and acquaintances that would result in them honestly considering these things?