John Lesson 18 Day 4

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John Lesson 18 Day 4

Jesus comforts his disciples

John 14:1-4

9. Jesus comforts his disciples

“Do not let your hearts be troubled.”

The Jews were out to kill Jesus, and now Jesus talked of going away. That must have sparked fear, grief, depression, and despondency.

It’s up to us to control our heart. It’s God’s power that makes that possible, but we have to make the choice and draw on God’s ability.

“Believe in God; believe also in me.”

For those who believe in, trust in, and rely on the one true God AND believe in God’s only Son, Jesus, He offers promises and comfort.

Faith is how we conquer our emotions.

“The fact that Jesus mentions controlling our emotions first in this list of all the things we should do is also significant. If we let our emotions run away with us, then it’s nearly impossible to reign them in. It’s easier to hold them at bay than it is to stop them once we have let them go. Harnessing our emotions is the first thing to do in a crisis situation. Most battles are won or lost in the first few moments according to the way we allow our emotions to go.”  (Andrew Wommack) (emphasis added)

“Yet what we suffer now is nothing compared to the glory he will reveal to us later.” Romans 8:18 NLT

“In My Father’s house are many rooms, dwelling places. If it were not so, would I have told you that I go to prepare a place for you?”

The Greek word translated mansions in the King James Version, means abode or dwelling place according to Strong’s Greek Dictionary.

Adam Clarke said that Jesus alludes to the large number of chambers attached to the temple.  See 1 Kings 6:5; Ezra 8:29; Jeremiah 35:2, Jeremiah 35:4; Jeremiah 36:10.

“And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again and will take you to myself, that where I am you may be also. And you know the way to where I am going.”

Dr. Lightfoot compares this phrase [I go to prepare a place for you] to Numbers 10:33 — “So they set out from the mountain of the Lord (Sinai) three days’ journey, and the ark of the covenant of the Lord went in front of them during the three days’ journey to seek out a resting place for them.” (AMP—Emphasis added) Did Jesus carry out this mission during the 3 days before His resurrection?

“If this were not so, would I have told you that I am going to prepare a place for you?”

Jesus didn’t let them get their hopes up unnecessarily. What they believed was true, but their understanding was off. The Jews envisioned the Messiah as another king like David who would restore Israel to its former glory.

Jesus said, “You know the way to where I am going.”

Jesus told them plainly at least four times before this.

It’s okay to ask, as Mary did, “How can this be?” if we are asking for clarification or an explanation. We should not trust our own understanding (Proverbs 3:5) because our minds get locked into paradigms. God’s plans and perspectives short-circuit our brains.

10. Jesus’ promise to return

The disciples signed on with Jesus believing—or at least hoping, along with many others in Judah—Jesus would be crowned king of the Jews and overthrow the Roman rule. As His inner circle, they dreamed of sitting beside Him in places of honor. (See Mark 10:35-45)

So far, “by following him they got little but poverty, contempt, reproach, and persecution: and now that their Master was to leave them so suddenly, they could have no prospect or hope of better things. Is this the kingdom of the Messiah?” (Dr. Lightfoot)

11. Jesus’ promises about his return.

Philippians 3:20-21

  • Our citizenship is in heaven.
  • We eagerly await His coming.
  • He will transform us so that we will be like His glorious resurrected body.

1 Thessalonians 4:13-18

  • We have hope beyond this present life.
  • We will be raised up along with others who have fallen asleep in Jesus.
  • The Lord Himself will come down from heaven with a shout of command.
  • The dead in Christ will rise first.
  • Those who are alive and remain will be caught up with them to meet the Lord in the air.
  • We will always be with the Lord!

1 John 3:2-3

  • Everyone who has this hope of being like Him, being with Him, and seeing Him in all His glory purifies himself through that confidence.

Revelation 22:7

  • I am coming quickly.
  • Remember the words of the prophecy.

“And behold, I am coming soon. Blessed is the one who keeps the words of the prophecy of this book.”

12. Jesus came to comfort all who mourn. (Isaiah 61:2)

(Jesus read this passage in Isaiah 61:1-11 at the synagogue in Nazareth (see Luke 4:18-19)

The kingdom Jesus created on earth and in heaven are far greater than they imagined.

Jesus encourages His disciples by reminding them of His divine identity and authority which the Jews did not believe.

My answers to BSF study questions on John Lesson 18 Day 4 ~ John 14:1-4

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