THE WAY TO THE FATHER part 9 – Our God Makes a Way (Jn. 14:1-14) – James Lusk
Jesus reveals that God has made a way to be with him, to know him and to live in him now.
The Gospel of John was the last Gospel to be written, as such, it’s audience is a church in turmoil whose first generation of believers were beginning to die and new generations of believers were beginning to rise up. He wrote to a new generation, who were not eyewitnesses, to give further detail and explanation of Jesus as the Son of God. Johns approach is rational and with through philosophical evidence to Christ’s Divinity. His goal was to answer the questions and objections of Jews & Greeks and bring them into a greater understanding of who Jesus is.
The Gospel of John was written somewhere around 80-95 AD during intense persecution. Christians were being kicked out of synagogues and families leaving them with no community, social contact, or means of work. Many Christians were reverting back to the law in-order to regain standing in the Jewish community. John writes evangelistically urging the Church to fall more in love with Jesus.
The Last Supper in the upper room is perhaps one of the most recognized scenes in the New Testament. Jesus, knowing His fate and The Father’s plan was preparing the disciples for what was to come. In Chapter 12, Jesus is joyously welcomes into Jerusalem with a parade of praise all the while predicting what is to come. In this text, Jesus communicated with those closest to him in regards to what was to come; yet they did not yet understand.
The discussion in the upper room continues in John 14 where Jesus comforts his disciples in regards to the coming events and speaks to His own divinity.
Text: John 14:1-14
Jesus challenges the disciples to move from sight to faith, and reminds them that God makes a way to be with Him. Jesus must go to the Father, but in doing so he will secure the very eternal life that is the destiny of all who believe in him; Jesus reminds his disciples of this and promises to prove faithful.
Suggested Discussion Questions
- Read the rest of chapter 14, why do you think it is important that this conversation came before Jesus promises the Holy Spirit?