Let not your heart be troubled: ye believe in God, believe also in me. 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. 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. And whither I go ye know, and the way ye know.
Thomas saith unto him, Lord, we know not whither thou goest; and how can we know the way?
Jesus saith unto him, I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me. If ye had known me, ye should have known my Father also: and from henceforth ye know him, and have seen him.
Philip saith unto him, Lord, show us the Father, and it sufficeth us.
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, Show us the Father? 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. Believe me that I am in the Father, and the Father in me: or else believe me for the very works’ sake. 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.
And whatsoever ye shall ask in my name, that will I do, that the Father may be glorified in the Son. If ye shall ask any thing in my name, I will do it. If ye love me, keep my commandments. And I will pray the Father, and he shall give you another Comforter, that he may abide with you for ever; 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. I will not leave you comfortless: I will come to you.
Yet a little while, and the world seeth me no more; but ye see me: because I live, ye shall live also. At that day ye shall know that I am in my Father, and ye in me, and I in you. He that hath my commandments, and keepeth them, he it is that loveth me: and he that loveth me shall be loved of my Father, and I will love him, and will manifest myself to him.
Judas saith unto him, not Iscariot, Lord, how is it that thou wilt manifest thyself unto us, and not unto the world?
Jesus answered and said unto him, If a man love me, he will keep my words: and my Father will love him, and we will come unto him, and make our abode with him. He that loveth me not keepeth not my sayings: and the word which ye hear is not mine, but the Father’s which sent me. These things have I spoken unto you, being yet present with you. But the Comforter, which is the Holy Ghost, whom the Father will send in my name, he shall teach you all things, and bring all things to your remembrance, whatsoever I have said unto you.
Peace I leave with you, my peace I give unto you: not as the world giveth, give I unto you. Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid. Ye have heard how I said unto you, I go away, and come again unto you. If ye loved me, ye would rejoice, because I said, I go unto the Father: for my Father is greater than I. And now I have told you before it come to pass, that, when it is come to pass, ye might believe. Hereafter I will not talk much with you: for the prince of this world cometh, and hath nothing in me. But that the world may know that I love the Father; and as the Father gave me commandment, even so I do. Arise, let us go hence.
This chapter contains a few of the most precious promises full of comfort and hope that Jesus has made, not only to His disciples, but to all who believe. But it also contains the disheartening reminder for the disciples (and the longing for believers since) that Jesus is going to leave them. Although He promises to send the Comforter, the Holy Spirit, and elsewhere His reminders that He will never leave or forsake those who follow Him, it had to have been so hard for the disciples to think about not having Him around anymore.
What would they do? Why couldn’t they go with Him? Every believer has a deep desire to be where Jesus is, to be with Him, but it had to have been so much more so with the disciples.
Jesus assures them, comforts and promises ‘some day’ but in Peter’s case (from the previous chapter) Peter, the one Jesus depended on to build up His church, Jesus warns that there will be hard trials before that ‘some day’. And this goes for every believer.
Jesus’s promises are sometimes all that we can hold onto during hard times and trials, but boy, what amazing promises.
He reminds us that heaven is a real place- a kingdom (2 Peter 1:11), an inheritance (1 Peter 1:4), a country (Heb. 11:16), a city (Heb. 11:16), and a home (John 14:2). And He promises a place there for all who trust in Him. The Son says Heaven is “my Father’s house,” and it is also “home” for God’s kids. As I experience more years, I’ve realized how uncertain so many things are, including wherever one calls home. Some day we will be home at a place where we’ll never have to leave, never be foreclosed on, never be torn apart by a hurricane, or burned in fire.
He reminds us that He will not only prepare us a place in His Fathers home, but promises us that He will come and take us there. Some will have to pass through the valley of the shadow of death to get to heaven, but those who are alive when Jesus comes back will never see death (John 11:25-26). They will be changed to be like Christ and will go to heaven (1 Thess. 4:13-18).
The more I think about heaven, and what it will be like, I realize sometimes I tend to think of the things that my mind can imagine. I can’t quite fathom what it will be like to be “in the Son”,
Surrounded by You glory
What will my heart feel
Will I dance for you Jesus
Or in awe of You be still
Will I stand in your presence
Or to my knees will I fall
Will I sing hallelujah
Will I be able to speak at all
I think of the promises of Revelation- no more tears, no more pain, sorrow and physical things- no more stubbed toes, no more aching backs, necks, shoulders, no more headaches… no need for glasses, or hearing aids. Bodies made whole, souls made pure- no more sin, no more temptation, no more mistakes, messes and screw ups.
I could go on and on lol. But that is all ‘some day’.
For today and every day until that day, Jesus reminds us that
we will have the Spirit of God in us, and that Jesus is the way, the truth and the life. It’s our trust and following Him, keeping His commandments to love Him and each other, that allows us to communicate and have a relationship with our Father now through prayer. Praying in faith, in Jesus’s Powerful Name, He will answer. No, not everything we want, nor does He always answer right away. Sometimes He says no if He has something better for us, sometimes He says yes, and sometimes not yet. He always hears, and He always calms and comforts. And,
He promises Peace. Peace in Hebrew is Shalom, which is so much more than what most of us think of when we think of what peace is. His peace is not the world’s version of peace. Shalom is wholeness, completeness, health, security, joy and contentment. In spite of circumstances or even world tensions, when we have a right relationship with the Lord, we have the promise of His Shalom.
Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid. There is so much promise and freedom for those who abide in Christ!
Have a blessed day all!