Christ Comforts His Disciples
Verse 1 – “Let not your heart be troubled; you believe in God, believe also in Me.
Verse 2 – “In My Fathers house are many mansions; if it were not so, I would have told you. I go to prepare a place for you.
Verse 3 – “And 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.
Verse 4 – “And where I go you know, and the way you know.”
Yes, Jesus was talking directly to the disciples, but these verses are also for us. If you believe in God, then also believe in Jesus, whom God sent. Jesus has gone to prepare a place and He is coming back.
Verse 5 – Thomas said to Him, “Lord, we do not know where You are going, and how can we know the way?”
Verse 6 – Jesus said to him, “I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through Me.
Jesus alone is able to provide access to God, because He alone paid the penalty for our sins. He is the only truth, having life in Himself, He is able to give eternal life to all those who believe in Him. Jesus is the one and only way to salvation. Contrary to what many people think, there is no mediator between man and God but One, the Lord Jesus Christ.
Verse 7 – “If you had known Me, you would have known My Father also; and from now on you know Him and have seen Him.”
The knowledge of the Father, and of Christ, go together, he that sees one, sees the other, he that believes one, believes in the other, and the knowledge of both is necessary to eternal life.
Verse 8 – Philip said to Him, “Lord, show us the Father, and it is sufficient for us.”
Verse 9 – Jesus said to him, “Have I been with you so long, and yet you have not known Me, Philip? He who has seen Me has seen the Father; so how can you say, ‘Show us the Father’?
Poor Philip. He just didn’t understand that Jesus is the visible, tangible, image of the invisible God.
Verse 10 – “Do you not believe that I am in the Father, and the Father in Me? The words that I speak to you I do not speak on My own authority; but the Father who dwells in Me does the work.
Verse 11 – “Believe Me that I am in the Father and the Father in Me, or else believe Me for the sake of the works themselves.
Verse 12 – “Most assuredly, 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.
These verses were not just to and for those twelve disciples, as some like to think. When the Gospel of Jesus Christ is preached, there will be evidence; the dead shall be raised, demons cast out, and diseases healed, all the power of the Holy Spirit, in the Name of Jesus. That same power lives on the inside of each believer. Do you believe?
Verse 13 – “And whatever you ask in My name, that I will do, that the Father may be glorified in the Son.
Jesus declares that He Himself, whether it be in assistance in preaching the Gospel, or for performance of miraculous operations in confirmation of it, or for any blessing whatsoever, for themselves or others.
Verse 14 – “If you ask anything in My name, I will do it.
When asking in Jesus name, we ask according to God’s character and will. God will not grant request contrary to His nature or His will. Selfish desires are out of the question, as if He’s a genie.
Verse 15 – “If you love Me, keep My commandments.
Verse 16 – “And I will pray the Father, and He will give you another Helper, that He may abide with you forever,
Verse 17 – “even the Spirit of truth, whom the world cannot receive, because it neither sees Him nor knows Him; but you know Him, for He dwells with you and will be in you.
Verse 18 – “I will not leave you orphans; I will come to you.
To have the Holy Spirit living on the inside of every believer, is to have Jesus Himself.
Verse 19 – “A little while longer and the world will see Me no more, but you will see Me. Because I live, you will live also.
Verse 20 – “At that day you will know that I am in My Father, and you in Me, and I in you.
Verse 21 – “He who has My commandments and keeps them, it is he who loves Me. And he who loves Me will be loved by My Father, and I will love them and manifest Myself to him.
To him who has not the eternal revelation of the commandments written, but has them in their heart, receives Jesus, those He and the Father love. It’s not enough just to know God’s principles and standards, but we are to live them.
Verse 22 – Judas (not Iscariot) said to Him, “Lord, how is it that You manifest Yourself to us, and not to the world?”
Verse 23 – Jesus answered and said to him, “If anyone loves Me, he will keep My word; and My Father will love him, and we will come to him and make Our home with him.
If we say we love Christ, then we will obey what is written. His ordinances and commandments are not merely suggestions. That means that we don’t pick and choose which we will obey. Jesus saves the deepest revelations of Himself for those who love and obey him.
Verse 24 – “He who does not love Me does not keep My words; and the word which you hear is not Mine but the Father’s who sent Me.
Verse 25 – “These things I have spoken to you while being present with you.
Verse 26 – “But the Helper, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in My name, He will teach you all things that I said to you.
Jesus tells His disciples that when the Holy Spirit, the Helper, comes upon them, He will bring to remembrance all that Jesus had taught them with understanding and revelation.
Verse 27 – “Peace I leave with you. My peace I give to you; not as the world gives do I give to you. Let not your heart be troubled, neither there let it be afraid.
Verse 28 – “You have heard Me say to you, ‘I am going away and coming back to you.’ If you loved Me, you would rejoice because I said, ‘I am going to My Father,’ for My Father is greater than I.
Verse 29 – “And now I have told you before it comes, that when it does come to pass, you may believe.
When we have confidence in God and His power, His Spirit will remove doubt and uncertainty in our hearts. Jesus says He will give us His peace, to settle our spirits, not as the world gives.
Verse 30 – “I will no longer talk much with you, for the ruler of this world is coming, and he has nothing in Me.
Because Jesus is sinless, Satan has no power over Him. When we as Christians align our lives with Christ, neither will Satan have any power over us. James 4:7 says, Therefore submit to God (in all your ways). Resist the devil and he will flee from you. Submitting to God is the key.
Verse 31 – “But that the world may know that I love the Father, and as the Father gave Me commandments, so I do. Arise, let us go from here.
There is no break in these chapters up to chapter 17. Jesus continues talking. They don’t actually leave this upper room until chapter 18 verse 1.