Explore the Bible
December 15, 2013
West Side First Baptist
John 14 is a favorite chapter of many. Jesus answers all the questions addressed to Him by the disciples, and ultimately, He answers all of our questions. After He tells Peter that he will fail, He looks at the distraught disciple, and at us, and promises comfort, a “place” in the Father’s house, receiving us to Himself and the only way to get to heaven (John 14:1-6).
Jesus then attempts to reinforce His teachings to them about His relationship with the Father. Philip is corrected for not understanding the union and oneness of the Father and the Son and for his request to see the Father. The disciples should have known by the miracles and words of Jesus that He was the Son of God. Their blindness is a sad reflection on our fallen human nature and our inability to understand spiritual truth.
After giving them the astonishing promise to intercede for them to the Father and reminding them that if they love Him, they will keep His commandments, Jesus introduces more explicit teachings about the Holy Spirit. Little had been said up to this point about the Spirit. Only in His private conversation with Nicodemus (John 3:5-8) and His reference to the coming Pentecost (John 7:39) had anything been said about the Holy Spirit.
The thrust of His teachings about the Holy Spirit are summarized in the words “another Comforter” (John 14:16). Jesus could stand along beside His disciples, but He couldn’t be everywhere at the same time. But now, the other Comforter, the Holy Spirit, would be with them, be in them, teach them, bring all things to their remembrance and show them things to come. Moreover, He will dwell in every believer forever (Rom. 8:9).
Knowing that His time is near, Jesus gives His disciples a beautiful benediction of His peace, a peace that passes all understanding and is more than a match for the troubles of this world.