Do not be troubled:
(Read John 14:1-3)
Jesus told His disciples that He was going to leave them soon. The disciples were troubled by the uncertainty of their future. Jesus comforted them by saying “Let not your hearts be troubled, believe in God, believe also in me” (14:1). Worry is a choice. Believers should replace worry with trust in God. Jesus gave them the message of hope and encouragement to trust in God and also in him. Only faith in God's promises settle our troubled hearts because God's Word never changes (Matt 24:35). Jesus gave the reason for His departure. He is going to prepare a place for them in heaven. Their troubles and trials are only temporary. Here the emphasis is not the place but the person of Christ. “You will be with me”. There is no more sorrow and separation when Christ will come to take us home. Jesus will personally come to escort us to the Father's house. Heaven's blessings will far outweigh earth's sorrows (2 Cor 4:17). One day we will be in the presence of the Lord. There will be no more fear, no more death, no more pain and no more sorrow. This is our blessed and comforting hope (Titus 2:13; 1 Thess 4:18). This hope should motivate us to live a holy and faithful life (1 John 3:3). It should make us more enthusiastic in the Lord's work (1 Cor 15:58). Heaven is a prepared place for prepared people. Yes, we can trust God at His word. We will never be separated from our blessed Savior.
Jesus is the only way to the Father:
(Read John 14:4-17)
The disciples did not understand where Jesus is going. Thomas said "Lord, we do not know where you are going, so how can we know the way?" Jesus said, “I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me (John 14:6). Christ is the only way to the Father (John 10:9). He is not one of many ways to get to heaven but the only way. In this pluralistic world many people hate these exclusive claim. Jesus alone is the source of truth and life. And who ever has the Son has life. Christ is the embodiment and fulfillment all truth (John 8:32). Those who believe in Christ know the truth and the truth shall set them free (8:32). Truth is the reality of God, revealed in the scriptures and in the person of Christ. Jesus is the source of eternal life. He gives eternal life to all those who receive him as Lord and Savior. Eternal life speaks of the quality of relationship we have with God. Philip requested "Lord, show us the Father and that will be enough for us". Jesus said "Do you not believe that I am in the Father and the Father is in me? Those who see Jesus, see God the Father. Know Christ to know the Father" (14:9-10). Christ's words and works show the unique relationship between the Father and the Son. Christ promised the disciples that they would do greater work than he does. When Christ's work was limited to a small geographical area, disciples are able to reach the whole world with the gospel. Our work for Jesus is actually Jesus at in us and through us. If we love Jesus, we will obey his command. Jesus said "If you ask anything in my name I will do it for you". His name speaks of his character. Effective prayer is in agreement with the character of Christ and his will. We should pray in Christ's name because there is the only mediator between God and us. Pray that God would teach you to pray according to his will (14:13-14). Jesus said "If you love me, you will keep my commandments".
Jesus Promises the Holy Spirit:
(Read John 14:18-31)
Jesus said to His disciples that He will not leave them as orphans. He promised to send the Holy Spirit. Holy Spirit is the comforter, helper and the counselor. He comes along side to help us in our needs. Christ would go away but the Holy Spirit will come to abide with believers forever. Holy Spirit is the third person in the trinity. He has the same quality and character of Christ. Holy Spirit is not an impersonal force but the third person in the divine trinity. We see the three persons of Godhead in the baptism of Christ, in the mode of believer's baptism, in the creation account and in the benediction of Paul (Matt 3:16-17; 28:19; Gen 1:26; 2 Cor 13:14). Holy Spirit is the Spirit of truth who guides us into all truth. His indwelling presence gives believers the ability to love and obey God. The Bible is inspired by the Holy Spirit
(2 Tim 3:16). Apart from the work of the Holy Spirit nobody can be saved (John 3:6). All believers have the Holy Spirit (Rom 8:9; Gal 4:6). But the Holy Spirit gets more of us as we live in obedience to Christ. We should be filled with the Holy Spirit so that the Scripture becomes alive in us (Ephesians 5:18, 19). The obedience is the proof of our love for the Lord. Christ promised his disciples that "When the Holy Spirit comes, he will teach them all things and bring to their remembrance all that he has said to them (14:26). That was fulfilled in the writing of the New Testament. When the Holy Spirit takes up residence in us, we become the temple of God (Ephesians 2:19-22; 1 Cor 6:19). Jesus promised his peace to his disciples (14:27). This peace is different from the peace the world offers. Only this peace could clam our troubled hearts. It points to all the blessings we have in Christ. When we live in obedience to Christ, we will enjoy this peace. Jesus is the perfect Son of God, and Satan had no claim on Him. Are you troubled in your hearts? Are you fearful of the future? Jesus is able to deliver you from all your fears. Satan is powerful but he is no match for Jesus. Jesus is the prince of peace. Do you know Jesus as your Lord and Savior?