1. Why did Jesus say “Do not let your hearts be troubled.” What was bothering the disciples?
Jesus was saying I am going away and you cannot follow now. Even though Jesus was telling them they would follow him, they did not understand where it was they were to go or how they would get there.
2. List 3 things Jesus told his disciples so as to calm their troubled hearts. Here are 6:
3. What was Thomas’ fear?
That he would not be able to be with the Lord
1. In Chapter 14, verse 6 Jesus says "I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me."
What does this statement say for the major religions of the world such as Islam, Buddhism, Judaism, Animism, and Hinduism that do not believe that Jesus Christ is the Savior of the world?
That they are not the way, they are false, not true and that they have no life
2. What are 3 spiritual truths Jesus provides in Chapter 14, verses 9 through 11?
1. Anyone who has seen me has seen the Father
2. I am in the Father, and that the Father is in me
3. The words I say to you are not just my own. Rather, it is the Father, living in me, who is doing his work.
3. In Chapter 14, verse 12 Jesus uses the phrase “verily, verily”
Where else in the Bible (KJV) do we see this phrase used?
This phrase only occurs in the Gospel of John. It occurs 25 times. Here are the verses:
1. What do you think Jesus meant when he stated in verse 12 that“…anyone who has faith in me will do what I have been doing. He will do even greater things than these”?
Specifically, how has this truth been manifested in the world?
Not greater in quality but greater in quantity. . . e.g. millions of Gentiles have been preached to and saved. . . Jesus was sent only to the lost sheep of Israel, we his disciples are to bring him to the world. See 1 Tim 2:3-4
2. How many times do you think Jesus state that he will come back to see the disciples. Cite the verses.
1. “. . .I will come back and take you to be with me that you also may be where I am.” (verse 3).
2. “I will not leave you as orphans; I will come to you” (verse 18).
3. “Before long, the world will not see me anymore, but you will see me (verse 19).
4. “Whoever has my commands and obeys them, he is the one who loves me. He who loves me will be loved by my Father, and I too will love him and show myself to him." (verse 21).
5. "You heard me say, 'I am going away and I am coming back to you.'” (verse 28).
Note that Jesus will not return by himself - And I will ask the Father, and he will give you another Counselor to be with you forever- the Spirit of truth (verse 16 and 17).
3. Three times Jesus states in this chapter that “…if you love me you will keep my commandments”.
What were the commandments of Jesus?
36 "Teacher, which is the greatest commandment in the Law?" 37 Jesus replied: "'Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind.' 38 This is the first and greatest commandment. 39 And the second is like it: 'Love your neighbor as yourself.' 40 All the Law and the Prophets hang on these two commandments."
"A new command I give you: Love one another. As I have loved you, so you must love one another.
1. What are 2 of the benefits provided in Chapter 14, verses 21 through 23 for loving Jesus and keeping his commandments?
Here are 4:
1. He will be loved by the Father
2. Jesus will love him
3. Jesus will show himself to him
4. The Father and Jesus will make their home with him
21 Whoever has my commands and obeys them, he is the one who loves me. He who loves me will be loved by my Father, and I too will love him and show myself to him."
23 Jesus replied, "If anyone loves me, he will obey my teaching. My Father will love him, and we will come to him and make our home with him.
2. In this chapter of John there are several truths provided by Jesus that use the framework of a conditional statement.
For example, “If you love me you will obey what I command” in Chapter 14, verse 15.
There are at least five others in Chapter 14, list two.
Here are 5:
3. What did Jesus imply or state in his answer to the question Judas asked him “…why do you intend to show yourself to us and not to the world?"
Do not second guess my actions, obey my teachings.
That it was not the Father’s will for him to show himself to the world.
Don’t worry be happy, the Comforter is coming, you will understand.
1. What were the 2 things the Holy Spirit was promised to do for the disciples?
1. Holy Spirit will teach them all things
2. Holy Spirit will remind them of everything Jesus said to them
26 But the Counselor, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in my name, will teach you all things and will remind you of everything I have said to you.
2. Why were these 2 promises associated with the Holy Spirit so important?
Because Jesus was leaving and they would have no teacher but with the Holy Spirit they would have a teacher who would teach them all things.
This was especially important for them because Jesus was going to die and they were about to become very confused.
Many traditions and teachings associated with the past would fall away and an entirely new and more wonderful tradition and doctrine was to be taught (salvation by grace, salvation of mankind).
Because the Holy Spirit was to remind them of all Jesus taught them, they would lose not a word of what Jesus spoke to them and were able to combine that with the new teachings of the Holy Spirit.
This complete understanding of God and his plan facilitated the creation of the Bible as the Word of God.
3. The disciples must have really enjoyed their fellowship with Jesus and were obviously very troubled at his talk of leaving them.
Yet, he comforts them with many truths and promises that should have comforted them.
Summarize the picture of their future that Jesus prophesied for them – what was going to happen after Jesus left them?
1. Who is the prince of this world mentioned in Chpater 14, verse 30 and why do you think Jesus said “He has no hold on me, but the world must learn that I love the Father and that I do exactly what my Father has commanded me.”?
So that the disciples would understand (perhaps later) that Jesus was doing the Father’s will in submitting himself to the seemingly ill-fated plans of the devil
2. How is our situation today like that of the disciples in the upper room?
How is it different?
What comfort can we also take from Jesus’ exhortation to them?
We are just like them in our lack of faith, our lack of understanding at times, but we are able to understand so much more because we have the Bible and Holy Spirit.
Today we can claim so many of the promises that Jesus gave them that they did not then understand.
We will all see Jesus return.