We will be spending each day in the month of July reading a portion of the book of John. Read the scripture text for the day and then share a comment about it in the comments section. We look forward to interacting with one another as we allow the Word of God to speak to us.
31 Therefore, when he was gone out, Jesus said, Now is the Son of man glorified, and God is glorified in him. 32 If God be glorified in him, God shall also glorify him in himself, and shall straightway glorify him. 33 Little children, yet a little while I am with you. Ye shall seek me: and as I said unto the Jews, Whither I go, ye cannot come; so now I say to you. 34 A new commandment I give unto you, That ye love one another; as I have loved you, that ye also love one another. 35 By this shall all men know that ye are my disciples, if ye have love one to another.
36 Simon Peter said unto him, Lord, whither goest thou? Jesus answered him, Whither I go, thou canst not follow me now; but thou shalt follow me afterwards. 37 Peter said unto him, Lord, why cannot I follow thee now? I will lay down my life for thy sake. 38 Jesus answered him, Wilt thou lay down thy life for my sake? Verily, verily, I say unto thee, The cock shall not crow, till thou hast denied me thrice.
14 Let not your heart be troubled: ye believe in God, believe also in me. 2 In my Father’s house are many mansions: if it were not so, I would have told you. I go to prepare a place for you. 3 And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again, and receive you unto myself; that where I am, there ye may be also. 4 And whither I go ye know, and the way ye know. 5 Thomas saith unto him, Lord, we know not whither thou goest; and how can we know the way? 6 Jesus saith unto him, I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me. 7 If ye had known me, ye should have known my Father also: and from henceforth ye know him, and have seen him. 8 Philip saith unto him, Lord, shew us the Father, and it sufficeth us. 9 Jesus saith unto him, Have I been so long time with you, and yet hast thou not known me, Philip? he that hath seen me hath seen the Father; and how sayest thou then, Shew us the Father? 10 Believest thou not that I am in the Father, and the Father in me? the words that I speak unto you I speak not of myself: but the Father that dwelleth in me, he doeth the works. 11 Believe me that I am in the Father, and the Father in me: or else believe me for the very works’ sake. 12 Verily, verily, I say unto you, He that believeth on me, the works that I do shall he do also; and greater works than these shall he do; because I go unto my Father. 13 And whatsoever ye shall ask in my name, that will I do, that the Father may be glorified in the Son. 14 If ye shall ask any thing in my name, I will do it.
15 If ye love me, keep my commandments. 16 And I will pray the Father, and he shall give you another Comforter, that he may abide with you for ever; 17 Even the Spirit of truth; whom the world cannot receive, because it seeth him not, neither knoweth him: but ye know him; for he dwelleth with you, and shall be in you. 18 I will not leave you comfortless: I will come to you.
John 14:18 No, I will not abandon you as orphans—I will come to you.
Though Jesus spoke these words. To reassure His disciples that He would still be with them. Their thoughts were on Him leaving. Yes, He was speaking on the future events that was going to unfold. The thought of loss and abandonment was playing on their emotions.
We tend to focus on the first bit of information and by doing so, we miss out on what else is being spoken. He said, “I will not abandon you-I will come to you.” Both, declarative statements. He said it, He will do it!
16 And I will pray the Father, and he shall give you another Comforter, that he may abide with you for ever; 17 Even the Spirit of truth; whom the world cannot receive, because it seeth him not, neither knoweth him: but ye know him; for he dwelleth with you, and shall be in you. 18 I will not leave you comfortless: I will come to you.
God is thinking beyond the moment that we find ourselves in. While they were trying to figure out where He was going, He was speaking to them about the comforter that would come. We can miss a whole lot if we get stuck trying to figure things out rather than listening to what God is speaking to us.
If we want to be disciples of Jesus Christ, we must love everyone. We must love them as Christ first loved us no matter who they are. Our love can bring lost souls home and our love can introduce them to a King they never knew before.
So thankful to know who Jesus is. God commands us to love one another. Oh that He puts that love in our hearts to sacrificially love one another.
Verse 7-9 talking about the oneness of God. It’s not the first time in John we have read about the oneness. Right above “…he that hath seen me hath seen the father…” is a passage note talking about the Trinity in my Bible. It’s crazy to me how it can just be looked over. It’s not even hidden in scripture.
Verses 12-13 If we believe in Jesus we will be able to do greater works. Not because of us but because of God flowing through us. This part was encouraging for me. It says it so we don’t have to worry about it. If we do what He said then we don’t have to worry about it not happening. We bring faith and He will do the rest.
Verse 16-18 God never leaves us. He gave us His spirit so we would not be comfortless. He loves us so much He made a way for us to never have to be without Him.