“Simon Peter asked him, ‘Lord, where are you going?’ Jesus replied, ‘Where I am going, you cannot follow now, but you will follow later. Do not let your hearts be troubled. Trust in God; trust also in me. In my Father’s house are many rooms; if it were not so, I would have told you. I am going there to prepare a place for you. And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come back and take you to be with me that you also may be where I am. You know the way to the place where I am going.’” A. Introduction
1. Jesus is using what is known as the “Socratic method” of teaching, using question and answer. It was not for the teacher to quiz the pupil but for the pupil to quiz the students. It emphasizes learning readiness because it focuses on the need of the student. Jesus did ask questions, He asked 107 questions in the gospels.
2. Jesus will answer four questions in this chapter, the first question was asked in 13:36 but is answered here.
B. “Let not your hearts be troubled.”
1. The disciples are in for a traumatic event. 2. They will become disillusioned after the death of Jesus. 3. Jesus is trying to comfort their soon to be destroyed hearts. C. Kardia – Not the organ, but the central seat and organ of man’s conscious life in its moral, intellectual, volitional, and emotional aspects. Over 250 times it is used as the real you, the personality that operates intellect, emotion, and will. It is thinking, feeling, and acting. D. Posteuete – believe – indicative or imperative and could be a command. A troubled heart always eats away at faith. The command was to Keep on believing.
E. Monai – mansions – occurs only twice in the New Testament 14:2, 23. It means a place to stay, i.e., a dwelling or abode It has nothing to do with the English word mansion, its Latin counterpart mansion referred to a common dwelling place.
F. Four great facts Jesus gave about His home.
1. Many mansions (dwelling places).
2. I am preparing a place.
3. I will come again for you.
4. You will be where I am.
G. The great promise is His coming for us.
H. Christ – the coming One.
1. At the rapture (14:3).
2. By his spiritual presense (14:18).
3. Through indwelling the believer (14:23).
4. During His post-resurrection ministry (14:28). I. Jesus answers the first question – I am going home to the Father II. Question Two: How can we know the way? (14:5–7).
“Thomas said to him, ‘Lord, we don’t know where you are going, so how can we know the way?’ Jesus answered, ‘I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me. If you really knew me, you would know my Father as well. From now on, you do know him and have seen him.’”
A. Asked by Thomas, the doubter – the pessimist
1. He was willing to go to Jerusalem and die with JEsus 2. He had love but not faith
3. He was more concerned with the little facts than the big picture. Most pessimists get dragged down by small details
B. Hados – way – literally means road or highway. 1. The exclusiveness of Jesus.
2. Church called the way. (Acts 9:2; 19:18, 23; 22:4, 24:14, 22). C. Jesus is the truth.
1. Truth is consistent with itself
2. Truth corresponds to reality
3. There is personal integrity. You cannot lie to yourself and you know when you lie to others.
D. No man – exclusiveness – no other gods, no other way, no one can be saved another way...