Week 27 Chapters 24-26
Marching Orders from the Conquering King
After Judas’ exit, Jesus is relieved. Now He can spend His last moments with His children, the Twelve. As we sit with them, Jesus begins to speak. Jesus eyes tell a mixed story. On one hand, He is sad to know that His children will be grieved and their hearts will be broken. What they do not know, however, is that Jesus will arise three days later, and all that grief will turn to joy as a mother giving birth to her child. The joy overwhelms the pain.
Jesus talks first to the twelve as a dying parent (John 13-14) and then as a Victorious Lord (John 15-16) He tells them about the crucifixion and that they will be devastated, however, what will come next will give them a new understanding of the relationship between them that will be greater than their pain.
His basic theses were that first, I am going away and you will be sad. Second, He told them that He was going to prepare a place for them, and that He would be back to get them. Thirdly, He told them that while He was gone, He would send them a Comforter that would give them what they needed in His absence.
In His absence, the Twelve were to love one another and bring the message of grace to the world. In addition, they were to hold on to their faith in God by remembering Jesus, and what He had done. They also needed to remember God’s grace, and have faith that He would continue to provide for their needs regardless of what their circumstances might look like.
Unlike a man who speculates on what the future will hold, Jesus already knows! Finally, Jesus tells them that He will not leave them as orphans, but will send a helper (the Comforter) to live inside them and give them the Spirit of Truth. In this way, they will be able to remember all that Jesus said and did. This promise, given to the disciples, and all believers, is what enabled them to write the gospel accounts of His ministry. Therefore, said Jesus, “If you love me, keep my commandments”. Jesus wants us to be committed to the relationship and to remember what He has done for us.
After telling them this, Jesus entertained questions from the Twelve. First, Peter asked where He was going, and whether they could go with Him. Jesus answered that they could not come now, but later they will be able to. Like Eeyore from the Hundred Acre Wood, Thomas asked how they could know the way. Jesus responds to him by saying, “I am the way and the Truth…” (John 14:6). Philip then asks Jesus to show them the Father. Jesus, just a little annoyed, tells them that if they have seen Jesus, they have seen the Father. He tells them that He and the Father are one, which means of the very same kind and substance, or in other words, identical.
The final question asked by Judas, (not Iscariot) was how Jesus would show Himself to the believers and not to the world. Knowing that Judas could not understand what he was about to see, Jesus answered him by saying trust me, wait and see! Just follow my instructions and you will eventually understand.
After answering that question, Jesus moved on to give the twelve examples of what to expect after He left. The first concept He gave them was the Vine and the Branches (John 15). It shows them, and us, what we need to do to access Jesus in our lives. Secondly, Jesus tells the apostles that although the world will hate them, the Holy Spirit will take care of them by providing insight, knowledge, comfort and Truth in their circumstances. Third, He tells them that their access to God will now be direct, but in a spiritual and not physical way until the Second Coming.
Finally, Jesus prays the true Lords prayer (John 17) as He intercedes not only for the Twelve, but for all Believers into the future. Jesus prays for Himself, His disciples, the Church and God’s glory. He talks about the Love that He and the Father have for us. So what are you doing with that? How have you followed the marching orders? Check it out…it will help a lot.
See Ya Next Time