JOHN 14

18 Outlines

 

John 14:1-3 etc.

JESUS IS COMING!

 

Jesus is coming!  We don't know when, but he's coming!

 

JESUS IS COMING! - BE COMFORTED - John 14:1-3

No matter how bad things seem to be Jesus is coming again!  Things will then be better!

 

JESUS IS COMING! - BE COGNIZANT - Luke 12:35-40

We need to be aware that Jesus is coming and actively watching for Him.

 

JESUS IS COMING! - BE CONVERSANT - 1 Peter 4:7, 1 Peter 3:15

We need to talk to God in behalf of others.

We need to talk to others in behalf of God.

 

JESUS IS COMING! - BE CLEAN - Titus 2:11-13

As we look for the blessed hope we should deny ungodly and worldly lusts, and live …soberly, righteously, and godly, in this present world.

 

JESUS IS COMING! - BE CHALLENGED - Matthew 25:13-29, Romans 12:3-8

We don't know the day or the hour that Jesus will come, but God has given each of us talents and abilities that need to be used for his glory. We should be challenged to use what we have for His glory and the furtherance of His kingdom.

 

 

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John 14:1-6

A LOOK BEYOND THE CROSS

 

Jesus was leaving.  He was going to the cross to die for the sins of the world.  He gives comfort that looks beyond the cross.

 

A GREAT PRINCIPLE – Vs. 1 – “Trust God, trust Me”

 

A GREAT PLACE – Vs. 2 – Heaven

 

A GREAT PROMISE – Vs. 3 – He will return for us

 

A GREAT PROCLAMATION – Vs. 4 – The only way to the Father in Heaven is through Him.

 

 

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John 14:1-6

BE AT PEACE

(A funeral message)

 

INTRODUCTION - Vs. 1 - "Let not your heart be troubled..."

 

A PREPARED PLACE - Vs. 2 - "I go to prepare a place for you..."

Jesus is preparing a place for us in Heaven.

But, in a real sense He already prepared a place for us by dying for our sins on the cross. Without the cross there would be no forgiveness. Without forgiveness there would be no place in Heaven. 2 Corinthians 5:21, Romans 5:6-9

 

A PROMISED RETURN - Vss 3-4 - "I will come again..."

Jesus will return for the resurrection of all believers. 1 Thessalonians 4:13-18

But when a believer dies, his spirit enters into Heaven. Therefore, in a sense, Jesus has already come for that individual. Philippians 1:21, 2 Corinthians 5:8

 

A PERSONAL WAY - John 14:5-6 - "I am the way..."

Jesus is personally the way to Heaven.

Each person must personally trust Christ as his Savior. John 3:36

 

Note - This outline is offered in loving memory of my mentor, Rev. George Headley Jr. who went home to be with the Lord a few years ago. I adapted his notes to form this outline. Pastor Headley was a tremendous help and encouragement to me down through the years.

 

 

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John 14:1-6

HE’S (SHE’S) DEAD BUT…

A FUNERAL MESSAGE

 

HE’S DEAD BUT JESUS CAN BE TRUSTED – Vs. 1

The dead Christian has trusted Jesus as Savior

 

HE’S DEAD BUT JESUS PREPARED FOR HIS ARRIVAL IN HEAVEN – Vss. 2-3

 

HE’S DEAD BUT JESUS CAME AGAIN FOR HIM – Vs. 3

 

HE’S DEAD BUT JESUS IS SUFFICIENT – Vss. 4-6

 

 

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John 14:1-6

WHEN THINGS LOOK BLEAK

 

Things did not look good for the disciples.

Judas had betrayed Jesus. John 13:21-30

Jesus was going to leave them. John 13:33

Peter was going to deny to Jesus 13:36-38

Things will often not look good for us. Things will often look as bleak as a cloudy, rainy day.  We will often have struggles and troubles!  For those bad days, let's remember the encouraging words of Jesus to the Apostles when things looked bleak.

 

A COMMAND - Vs. 1

We are to believe in Jesus, even when things look the darkest!

 

A COMFORT - Vs. 2

There is a better place called Heaven. Jesus has gone there to prepare a place for us!

 

A COMING - Vs. 3

Jesus will return for us!

 

A CONDITION - Vss. 4-6

Our way to peace now and heaven later is through faith in the Lord Jesus. He is the "way, truth and life"!

 

 

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GOOD NEWS FOR TROUBLED HEARTS

 John 14:1-6

 

In Vs. 1, Jesus told his disciples not to be troubled. They trusted God, and they needed to trust Him!  There are three reasons for trusting the Lord Jesus mentioned in this text.

 

1. "I GO" - SPEAKS OF A PLACE  Vs. 2

 

2. "I WILL" - SPEAKS OF A PROMISE Vs. 3

 

3. "I AM" - SPEAKS OF A PROVISION Vs. 6

(For salvation and sanctification)

 

 

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John 14:1-11

TRUST HIM!

 

One of the most important words for the Christian is "trust".

The Bible is full of encouraging verses, telling us to put our trust in God. See Psalms 5:11, 9:10, 20:7, 37:5, Proverbs 3:5, and Isaiah 26:4.

 

Our text is part of the Upper Room Discourse, which was spoken the night before our Lord Jesus went to the cross.  It was a somber time.  Jesus said he was leaving. Judas had left to betray his Lord. Jesus had just assured Peter that before long he would deny he even knew Jesus.

 

It is at this somber time that Jesus gives the disciples a challenge about trust.  Trust is not just something for people who need to be saved, but continuing trust is a very vital part of our relationship with God.  Just as trust is a very important part of human relationships, it is also essential for Spiritual relationships.

 

Our Lord begins with soothing words in verse 1. He tells the disciples to not let their hearts be troubled.  Yes, their problems were real. Yes, things were difficult.  But just as they trusted God, they should trust the Lord Jesus. Or they should trust God and the Lord Jesus. In other words, Jesus is saying "Trust Me".

 

This is something that every blood-bought believer needs to realize.  Faith does not end at salvation. It begins at salvation.

 

In John 14:1-11, we want to see that we are to trust Jesus. We are to:

 

TRUST HIM FOR A PLACE - Vs. 2

Jesus was promising a place in Heaven for each believer.

When Jesus said "I go to prepare a place for you," I believe He was primarily referring to the cross. It is there where Jesus made it possible for us to be accepted in Heaven. Isaiah 53:3-5

 

TRUST HIS PROMISE - Vs. 3

Jesus promised to return.  We look forward to His coming for us as promised in 1 Thessalonians 4:13-18.

Even if we die before the rapture, it means that the Lord has come for us to take us to Heaven. Psalm 116:15, 2 Corinthians 5:6-8, Philippians 1:21

 

TRUST HIS PREEMINENCE - Vss. 4-6

 

Vs. 4 - Jesus said, "You know where I'm going, and you know how to get there."

 

Vs. 5 - Thomas wasn't sure he knew where Jesus was going or how to find him.

 

Vs. 6 - Jesus gives that great answer which shows that he is preeminent over:

 

The Way to Heaven - He is the way!

 

The Truth - If you have Jesus, you have the truth.

 

The Life - If you have Jesus, you have life.

 

We usually think of this verse as a salvation verse.

But as Christians, this verse tells us that we have all that we need right now.

Jesus is our way and sees that we safely get through this life to the next.

Jesus is our truth, therefore all that we need to know of truth we have in Jesus.

Jesus is our life, and provides for us abundant living.  John 10:10

 

TRUST HIS PERSONALITY - Vss. 7-10

Vs. 7 - Why does Jesus make this statement?

           Jesus is God. The Father is God.

           The person who has seen Jesus has seen God. Colossians 1:15

 

Vs. 8 - Phillip didn't get it. He wanted to see the Father.

           "Just show us the Father, Lord, and we'll be happy!"

 

Vs. 9 - Our Lord must have been disappointed that Philip didn't get it! The one who has

            seen Jesus has seen the Father. They are both God!

 

Vs. 10 - The works and words of Jesus proceed from the Father.

 

TRUST HIS POWER - Vs. 11

Jesus' miracles are evidence that He can be trusted!

 

 

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John 14:1-20

BLESSED ASSURANCE

 

In the Upper Room, just before his arrest, trial, and crucifixion our Lord took time to give the troubled disciples some blessed assurance.

 

ASSURANCE CONCERNING THE FUTURE Vss. 1-6

Jesus was going to Heaven to prepare a place for them (and us).

He will return for his followers.

He alone is the way to Heaven.

 

ASSURANCE CONCERNING THE FATHER Vss. 8-11

Because the disciples had seen Jesus, they had seen the Father.

Jesus is God in the flesh.

 

ASSURANCE CONCERNING OUR FAITHFULNESS Vss. 12-15

Productivity - Vs. 12

Prayer - Vss. 13-14

Practice - Vs. 15 (If we love Him, we will obey Him.)

 

ASSURANCE CONCERNING OUR FRIEND Vss. 16-20

God's Holy Spirit is the comforting friend who lives inside of every believer.

 

 

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John 14:6 etc.

THE WAY

(A Message for Christians)

 

John 14:6 - "Jesus saith unto him, I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me."

 

We want to consider this verse not only for what it means to the non-Christian, but we want to think about this verse for what it means to us as Christians.  If we take this verse strictly as a salvation verse, I think we miss a whole lot of meaning.

 

Think of the geographical goal of this verse. It is coming or getting to the Father.  The Father mentioned here, of course, is God the Father.

 

Think of how little value life is, if a person hasn't found God!

They can be rich. They can be super intelligent. They can be famous. They can be successful in a profession. They can be happily married. But if they haven't found God, they have missed the best part of this life, and will miss the best part of the next life, which is life with God in Heaven.

 

Talking about getting to the Father, Jesus says, I am the way...

   

Now, you and I as Christians realize that

JESUS IS THE WAY TO PARADISE

 

We know that we are sinners. Isaiah 64:6, Romans 3:10, 3:23

We know that Jesus died for our sins. 2 Corinthians 5:21

We know that Jesus rose from the dead. 1 Corinthians 15:3-4

We know that the way to the Father and to Heaven is through faith in Christ. Romans 10:9-10, 1 John 5:11-12

 

JESUS IS THE WAY TO GOD THROUGH PRAYER

 

As sinners we have no right to access God in prayer.

He is holy, we are not.

He is sinless we are not.

Before Jesus came there was a great, thick, curtain around the Holy of Holies, where the presence of God was in the temple.

Only the priest was able to enter there once a year with a blood sacrifice.

When Jesus died however, a great thing happened. Mark 15:38

This meant that was now access into the presence of God because the veil was torn.

 

So, now we have access to God through our Lord Jesus Christ. John 14:13-14

 

Jesus says you can now come to the Father in prayer in His name.

We have no merit in ourselves to come to God in prayer.

Our merit is in the shed blood of Christ.

We come to God in Jesus name.

And Jesus promises that when we come in Jesus' name, He will answer. John 14:13-14

 

Of course, if we are praying in Jesus' name, it means that what we ask for should be in line with things that are pleasing to Him.

 

But notice the broad scope of prayer "whatsoever".

Very often we limit what we pray about.

We'll pray for emergency things.

We'll pray for those who are sick.

We'll pray for our big problems.

 

But that "whatsoever" can cover a lot more than what we've just mentioned.

 

Whatever our cares, we can bring them to the Lord! Philippians 4:6-7

 

We can ask God concerning our Spiritual growth.  If we read something God wants us to do in the Bible, we can ask God for it.  We read that we should be Spirit-filled. Ask God for it. We read that we should be meek. Ask God for it.  We read that we should always give thanks. Ask God for it. It's a whatsoever.

 

We can also pray for the Spiritual conditions of others.

We can pray for the salvation of the lost.

We can pray for the Spiritual growth of others.

There are four prayers that Paul prayed for other believers that we can pray for other believers. They are found in Colossians 1:9-14, Philippians 1:9-11, Ephesians 1: 15-23 Ephesians 3: 14-21

 

Please notice something else about prayer in John 14:13-14.

The purpose of answered prayer is to bring glory to God!

The reason God answers prayer is so that God will be glorified.

 

A good question to ask when we pray is, "If God answers this prayer, will it bring glory to His name?"

And notice that Jesus promises His involvement when we ask in His name. He says "I will do it!" Also notice the promise found in John 16:24

 

JESUS IS THE WAY TO PEACE

 

The Lord Jesus Christ is the source of peace for the Christian. Philippians 4:6-7

He made peace when He went to the cross. Psalm 85:10

We experienced this peace initially when we came to Christ as Savior. Romans 5:1

Jesus gave His bequest of peace for the believer in John 14:27.

Jesus provides His peace through His Holy Spirit. John 14:16-18

Part of the Fruit of the Spirit is peace. Galatians 5:22-23

 

JESUS IS THE WAY TO POWER

One New Year's Day, in the Tournament of Roses parade, a beautiful float suddenly sputtered and quit. It was out of gas. The whole parade was held up until someone could get a can of gas.

The amusing thing was this float represented the Standard Oil Company. With its vast oil resources, its truck was out of gas.

Steve Blankenship, Source unknown http://www.bible.org/illus/p-q/p-q-77.htm#TopOfPage

  

We can chuckle about this, but how often are we out of Spiritual Power when we don't need to be?

 

The Lord Jesus is the source of our Spiritual Power. Philippians 4:13

 

Our trouble is we don't rely on Christ. Galatians 2:20

 

 

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John 14:12-14

THE CHRISTIAN AT WORK

 

HIS POTENTIAL - Vs. 12

HIS POWER - Vss. 13-14

HIS PRACTICE - Vs. 15

 

 

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John 14:12-15

SUCCESS!

 

Has it ever occurred to you that the Lord Jesus has planned for your life to be a success?  I don't mean you'll become famous, or rich, or a full time Christian Worker.  I do mean that Jesus has planned for your life to be successful in His eyes.  He has equipped us with all we need to lead such a Christian life that will end up in Him being able to say to us, "Well done, thou good and faithful servant."

 

Today we are studying in John 14, which is part of the Upper Room Discourse. In this message, our Lord is preparing the disciples for His departure and sharing with them many instructions for the future. 

 

John 14:1-6 - Read

It is shortly after these famous words that Jesus gives these instructions in John 14:12-15. (Read)

 

In these verses I see three principles for success.

 

THE POTENTIAL FOR SUCCESS Vs. 12

 

"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."

 

In this passage I do see a key word.  The key word is believe.

Let's use another word that means believe. Let's use the word "faith."

 

Faith is essential to the Christian Life.  When God wants to emphasize something he repeats himself. Four times in the Bible God says, "The just shall live by faith." Habakkuk 2:4, Romans 1:17, Galatians 3:11 Hebrews 10:38.

 

The Scriptures are very clear. Anyone, who is going to be right with God, or just, must be a man or woman of faith.

 

And we know that for salvation. John 3:16, Ephesians 2:8-9

 

But faith in Jesus goes further than salvation.

Faith in Jesus is a daily requirement if we are going to be successful for His cause. Galatians 2:20, Hebrews 11:6 - Did you catch the words of this verse. If you are a man or woman of faith you are going to seek God! You will want to have fellowship with Him!

 

So the first ingredient if we are going to reach our potential for success as Christians is faith.

 

Notice the promise that follows: 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.

 

Jesus promises that those works that Jesus did his followers would do also.

Does that mean that every follower will do every work that Jesus did?

I really don't think so!

 

But think for a minute.  What were the greatest works that Jesus ever did besides dying on the cross for our sins?

 

The greatest works He ever did were to help people Spiritually!

He won the Woman at the well to Himself.

He recruited Matthew, the tax collector.

He saved Zachaeus, another tax collector.

He instructed the multitudes in general and the disciples in particular.

 

Think of Lazarus. What's the greatest thing Jesus ever did for Lazarus? He won Him to himself. Being resurrected from the dead and dying again later was not the biggest event in Lazarus' life.

The biggest event in Lazarus' life was being saved! The greatest works Jesus did for people were Spiritual in nature!

 

Jesus tells us that we will do some of the same things He did.

We can do good works that produce a positive testimony.

We can reach people with the Gospel.

We can teach and encourage other Christians.

These are the most important works we can do.

 

But let's think for a moment. Do Christians ever do physical great works?

Do Christians sometimes heal? Technically, no.

Do Christians have prayers for healing answered? Many times, they do.

Do Christians multiply 5 loaves and two fishes to feed 5,000?

No they don't. But often they pray and God answers prayer so they can feed 5,000!

Do Christians control the weather, like Jesus did.

No we don't. But often God will answer our prayers and the weather is controlled. 

So in a sense, because of faith, Christians do some of the same works that Jesus did.  Most of the things we do are Spiritual. But some are physical like seeing food provided, a person healed or the weather controlled.

 

But what about doing greater works than Jesus did?

We can never do greater things in quality than Jesus did.

He is God!

But through faith in Him, we do greater things in quantity.

We go where Jesus never went.

We can speak to crowds Jesus never spoke to.

We can touch lives that were not around when Jesus was.

 

Think of Peter, who as far as we know, saw more conversions to Christ through one sermon that Jesus did in one of His sermons.

Think of Hudson Taylor who went to China. Jesus did not physically go to China.

Think of Billy Graham, who has spoken to millions of people in person and through written articles, the radio and television.

 

Yes, there is the potential for doing more than Jesus did in His lifetime.  But remember even when we do accomplish great things, we can not do them without His help!

John 15:5, says in part, for without me ye can do nothing.

 

THE POWER OF SUCCESS Vss. 13-14

 

"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."

 

What is the secret to the power of a Christian's success. The secret is in his prayer life!

In these verses the Lord Jesus shows what the power is behind a Christian's Spiritual and physical works.

 

Notice the broad scope of prayer "whatsoever".

Very often we limit what we pray about.

We'll pray for emergency things.

We'll pray for those who are sick.

We'll pray for our big problems.

 

But that "whatsoever" can cover a lot more than what we've just mentioned. Philippians 4:6-7

Whatever our cares, we can bring them to the Lord!

 

We can ask God concerning our Spiritual growth.  If we read something God wants us to do in the Bible, we can ask God for it.  We read that we should be Spirit-filled. Ask God for it. We read that we should be meek. Ask God for it.  We read that we should always give thanks. Ask God for it. It's a "whatsoever".

 

We can also pray for the Spiritual conditions of others.

We can pray for the salvation of the lost.

We can pray for the Spiritual growth of others.

Four prayers which Paul prayed for other believers: Colossians 1:9-14, Philippians 1:9-11, Ephesians 1: 15-23, Ephesians 3: 14-21

 

And when we ask we don't ask in our own name, but in the name of Jesus.  We think of prayer as a blank check with Jesus' signature on it.  We are his agents and can fill in those checks.

However, because His name is on the check, we are to only ask for those things that He would approve of. 1 John 5:14-15, James 4:2-3

 

Please notice something else about prayer in this passage.

The purpose of answered prayer is to bring glory to God! The reason God answers prayer is so that God will be glorified. A good question to ask when we pray is, "If God answers this prayer, will it bring glory to His name? And notice that Jesus promises His involvement when we ask in His name. He says "I will do it!"

 

THE PRACTICE DURING SUCCESS Vs. 15

"If ye love me, keep my commandments"

 

We read this verse and see a key habit we are to develop.

The key habit we are to develop is obedience.

What should be the motive for the habit of obedience?

The motive should be our love for Christ.

 

 

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John 14:12-21

THE WAY TO BE!      

 

BE IMPRESSED WITH HIS PROMISE – Vs. 12

BE INVOLVED IN HIS WORK – Vss. 13-15

BE INSOLATED WITH HIS COMFORT – Vss. 16-20

BE INCLUDED IN HIS LOVE – Vs. 21

 

 

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John 14:13-14

TIME TO PRAY

 

"And Jesus cried with a loud voice, and gave up the ghost. And the veil of the temple was rent in twain from the top to the bottom." Mark 15:37-38

 

In the temple of Jesus' day there was a huge veil that no man could have ever torn with his hands.

This veil surrounded the "Holy of Holies", the place where God dwelled.

 

Only one person ever went into the Holy of Holies. That was the high priest. He only went in once a year, bringing a blood sacrifice for sin.

 

When Jesus Christ died on the cross, the veil was rent, or torn, in two. The ultimate sacrifice for sin has been paid. It is the blood of the Son of God. (Hebrews 11:24-28)

 

Now, anyone can come into the presence of God through the blood of Jesus Christ. See Romans

5:1,9.  Also, a person who knows Christ as His Savior can come into God's presence any time, any place, anywhere. The veil has been taken down. All we must do as believers is come before God in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ.

 

Based on these truths, Jesus has given His followers some great verses on prayer. John 14:13-14 are two of them.

 

WHAT A RANGE! - "Whatsoever..."

WHAT A REQUIREMENT! - "...ye shall ask in my name..."

WHAT A RESPONSE! - "...that will I do..."

WHAT A REASON! - "...that the Father may be glorified in the Son."

 

 

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John 14:15

BECAUSE I LOVE HIM

 

Read Luke 23:33-46.

Why did Jesus, God the Son, go to Calvary?

Why did Jesus cry out to God to forgive His persecutors.

Why did Jesus comfort the thief on the cross?

Because He loved His persecutors

Because He loved the thief on the cross

Because He loves you

Because He loves me

 

1 John 4:10 - "Herein is love, not that we loved God, but that he loved us, and sent his Son to be the propitiation for our sins."

 

Sing with me please: JESUS LOVES ME

 

So, how are we to respond to love?

Because my Dad loves me, I love him in return.

Because my Mom loves me, I love her in return.

Because Jesus loves me, I am to love Him in return.

Because God loves me, I am to love Him in return.

 

So the question is, how do I go about loving God the Father, God the Son, and God the Holy Spirit?

 

According to Exodus 20:6, God is showing mercy unto thousands of them that love him, and keep his commandments.

 

Jesus said in John 14:15 -" If ye love me, keep my commandments."

 

We love God when we obey God the Father.

We love God when we obey God the Son.

We love God when we obey God the Holy Spirit.

 

So what I do every day should be in response to God's love.

And the proper response to God's love is to keep His commandments.

 

I want to center in on Jesus statement in John 14:15 - "If ye love me, keep my commandments."

 

In what ways will I obey his commandments, if I really love the Lord Jesus?  I can't possibly cover all the ways in one message, but I can give you some basic ideas.

 

BECAUSE I LOVE HIM - CONVERSION

 

The first way I show my love for God is by making sure that I have obeyed His plan for everlasting life.  God has the absolute right to decide who is going to Heaven and who is not going to Heaven.  God has proclaimed that entrance into Heaven is based on what we would call a "conversion experience". (John 3:1-7)  Jesus is dogmatic, in order to see eternal life, you must be born again! That's conversion.

 

As Warren Wiersbe points out, it takes two parents for a birth to take place. When one is "born again", two parents have gotten together. One "parent" is the convicting, saving work of the Holy Spirit. The other "parent" is the Word of God. (Warren Wiersbe, The Bible Exposition Commentary, Copyright 1989 by SP Publications Inc. Victor Books, Wheaton, Illonois, page 295)

 

1 Peter 1:23  - When someone is saved, converted, or born again the Word of God is presented. The Spirit of God works in the heart of the individual.  The Spirit of God will press for that person to place his faith in Christ as Savior. When he does, the Spirit of God completes the process of bringing that person into the family of God. John 1:12-13

 

My friend, you say you love Jesus. That's great!

But you don't love Jesus at all, if you have been stubborn about being born-again.

If you haven't trusted Christ alone for salvation, you don't love Jesus. You are trying to get to Heaven another way. Ephesians 2:8-9

My friend, have you loved Jesus enough to be born again? If not now is the time to do so. Make sure that you have been converted to Christ.

 

BECAUSE I LOVE HIM - CONFIDENCE

 

Jesus says, "If you love me, trust me."

We have many concerns.

Many of us worry about many things.

Jesus says, to you and I, "Don't worry. Trust me!"

 

The disciples were worried the night of the Last Supper.

Jesus said to them in John 14:1, "Let not your heart be troubled: ye believe in God, believe also in me."

 

The Lord Jesus explained later in John 14 that the Holy Spirit was coming to live inside of the Christian.  Although Jesus was leaving the earth, he was sending God the Holy Spirit as the "Comforter". John 14:26

 

As a result of the work of the Holy Spirit, Jesus would leave peace. John 14:27

If I love Jesus, I will trust Jesus.

Even when things look bleakest, I will place my trust, my confidence in Him.

 

BECAUSE I LOVE HIM - COMMUNICATION

 

When you love someone, there will be communication.

You will talk with that person, and that person will talk to you.

Jesus says, if you love me, talk!

Jesus says, if you love me, listen! John 15:7

 

When you love someone, you want them to be happy.

Often you will tell someone you love what to do, knowing if they do it, they'll be happy.

My Dad insisted I go to college. I did. And I'm happy I did.

I insisted Donna learn to drive a car with a stick shift. She didn't like it, but she did.

While at college she got a new roommate, Amber, who would let Donna use her car if Donna could pass Amber's driving test. Donna passed. It was a stick. Donna was happy I insisted she learn.

 

In John 16:24 Jesus says, "Hitherto have ye asked nothing in my name: ask, and ye shall receive, that your joy may be full."

Jesus is saying, "Do you want to be happy, learn to ask in His name."

 

And if you are asking in Jesus name, the thing that you are asking for must be something that Jesus would approve of. 1 John 5:14 -15

 

BECAUSE I LOVE HIM - COOPERATION

 

When Dottie is entertaining company, I cooperate.

I try to help her get ready and help her serve.

Why? Because I love her.

When Dottie is getting ready to go work, I cooperate.

I go out and start the car on a cold day and scrape off the windows, if necessary.

Why? Because I love her.

 

My Lord Jesus is trying to reach the world with the message of salvation.  If I love Him, I will cooperate. His plans should be my plans.

 

I show cooperation when I obey what we call "The Great Commission". Matthew 28:18-20

If I truly love Jesus, I will want people to come to know Him as Savior.

If I truly love Jesus, I want to keep His commandments.

If I truly love Jesus, I will fulfill the Great Commission.

 

 

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John 14:16-18, 26, 27

MINISTRY OF THE COMFORTER

 

HIS IDENTITY Vss. 16-17a

HIS INDWELLING Vss. 17b-18

HIS IMPACT Vss. 26-27

   As Teacher Vs. 26

   As Peace Maker Vs. 27

 

 

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John 14:23-27

REMAINING STABLE IN TROUBLING TIMES

 

A REQUIREMENT – Vss. 23-24 – KEEP HIS WORDS

A RESIDENCE – Vs. 23 – GOD INDWELLING US

A RESOURCE – Vss. 25-26 – THE COMFORTER

A REASSURANCE – Vs. 27 – PEACE

 

 

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John 14:27

THE PEACE THAT JESUS GIVES

 

My grandfather was in France in World War I, my dad in Europe in World War II.  I went to Viet Nam. Although my boys have not been in the military, the Gulf War and Bosnia have taken place during the time of their military eligibility. There is no peace.

 

We look around the country and see bombings (Oklahoma City) and bitings

(Mike Tyson), murder and mayhem. There is no peace.

 

We look at peoples lives and see unrest of all sorts, some caused by sin, others caused by circumstances. There is no peace.

 

However, there is peace available that will allow us to face and all circumstances.  It is the peace that Jesus gives.

 

THE BEQUEST OF PEACE - "Peace I leave with you."

  This peace is peace with God. The Lord Jesus left peace for us at the

  cross.  Psalm 85:10, Isaiah 53:5, Colossians 1:20

 

THE GIFT OF PEACE - "My peace I give unto you..."

  This is the peace of God. It is His peace. It is a peace that the world

   cannot give.

 

THE APPROPRIATION OF PEACE - "Let not your heart be troubled..."

   How do we make this peace ours?

   1. Stop and Hear.  Follow the example of Mary. Luke 10:39

   2. Stop and Stare. Isaiah 26:3-4 - A mind focused on Him in trust.

   3. Stop and Share. Philippians 4:6-7

 

 

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John 14:27

PEACE!

 

There are times, all too many times, when my mind has been reeling with anxiety.  I am capable of an inordinate amount of worry, or self-inflected stress and despair.  I can get my mind on something that is disturbing me and exhaust my mind with unending concern. Perhaps, sometimes, you are the same way.

 

What is especially disturbing about this state of mind is that it is not God's plan for my life.  If I am anxious, worried, and bent out of shape when God doesn't want me to be anxious, worried and bent out of shape, I am sinning!

 

Our text is the answer for needless anxiety and worry.  The Lord is having me apply it to my own life.

 

John 14:27  - 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.

 

Notice first of all that there is

PARTING PEACE - Peace I leave with you

This was a very stressful time for the disciples.

They knew Jesus was leaving.

They knew the Jewish authorities wanted to kill Him.

They knew that probably their own lives were in jeopardy.

And Jesus leaves them with a bequest. He is leaving them peace!

 

This word "peace" or "shalom", was the common word Jews used as a greeting and as a benediction when departing from one's company.

 

When Jesus uses the word, however, it takes on a whole new meaning because of who Jesus is.

 

We know that Jesus is the Son of God, God in the flesh.

We know that Jesus is the Savior, dying for our sins.

We know that Jesus is the "Lily of the Valley", the "Rose of Sharon" and the "Bright and Morning Star".

We know that He is the "Alpha and Omega, the beginning and the ending".

But Jesus is also the "Prince of Peace". Isaiah 9:6

 

Now think of this - The Prince of Peace wants me to have peace!

And think of this - The Prince of Peace has left me peace in His will! - Peace I leave with you…   

 

How could Jesus leave me peace?  I mean that's not like leaving a person some money or property.  Money or land is tangible.  How could Jesus leave me such an intangible item as peace?

 

The answer is found right here in this chapter. John 14:16-18

Jesus bequests the Holy Spirit to us. He comes and comforts us through the work of the Holy Spirit.   

 

PERSONAL PEACE - my peace

 

Jesus gives His personal peace.  It is the peace that Jesus has Himself.

 

Jesus often demonstrated this peace in his lifetime.

Whenever the disciples were in a panic, He was at peace and in control.

Whenever his enemies were fighting Him, He was at peace and in control.

Whenever Satan gave Jesus his best shot, Jesus was the one at peace and in control.

 

When I think of the peace of Jesus, I think of him quietly sleeping in a boat in the midst of a terrible storm on the Sea of Galilee.  Mark 4:35-40

 

Why can Jesus have so much peace?

I believe that the answer is really very simple. He is God!  

As God, He has everything under control.

 

Colossians 1:17 - And he is before all things, and by him all things consist.

 

Jesus is holding everything together! 

And if am a Christian, Jesus, through His Spirit is living inside of me!   

Inside of me dwells the One who has total control.

Inside of me dwells the One who is in my corner and on my team!

 

Psalm 118:6 - The Lord is on my side; I will not fear: what can man do unto me?

 

Romans 8:31 - …If God be for us, who can be against us?

 

Jesus has left us His peace. It's His personal peace of total control in every situation.  When things seem out of control, I must remember that Jesus is in control and right here inside of us!   

 

PRESENTED PEACE - my peace I give unto you:

 

People make the mistake of thinking that peace is something they must earn.  If they try hard to get things personally under control, they will have peace.  Well that's just not true, because there are so many things that we can not control.

 

Peace is a gift from God.  Jesus, being God, presents this gift of peace to us.

 

We must realize that peace is a problem for us, because we are actually God's enemies because of our sin. Isaiah 59:2

 

Why do I say we are God's enemies? 

When we fail to do as God says, we have broken His law!   

Romans 6:23 says in part, For the wages of sin is death;

Ezekiel 18:4 - …the soul that sinneth, it shall die.

 

Jesus says in this verse, my peace I give unto you:   

 

Because we are sinners we were the enemies of God.

We had no peace with God.

Jesus died on the cross to pay for our sins as a sinless sacrifice.

He took the enmity between God and me and nailed it to his cross! Romans 5:6-8

 

Jesus now presents us with peace with God as a free gift! Ephesians 2:8-9, Romans 5:1

 

Peace with God is a free Gift!

Like all gifts it must be accepted.   

If you have not accepted this free gift please do so this morning.   

 

When Jesus said, my peace I give unto you, He was talking to His disciples, those who already believed on Him.  Jesus was giving more to them that just peace with God, He was giving them the peace of God.

 

It is the peace of God that rules in our hearts in spite of all the troublesome things happening in our lives.

 

Just as peace with God was a gift, the peace of God is also a gift.   

 

Just as you need to accept the gift of God for peace with God and eternal life, you must also accept the gift of God's peace ruling in your life.

 

We accepted peace with God through faith in Christ.

We experience the peace of God also through faith.

 

Isaiah 26:3 - As we, by faith, focus our thoughts on Christ, He will give us peace.   

 

Philippians 4:6-7 - As we, by faith, bring our prayers and supplications with thanksgiving before God in the name of Christ, we will experience the peace of God.   

 

As we by faith, walk in the Spirit, allowing Him to control our lives, we will experience the fruit of the Spirit, which includes peace! Galatians 5:16, Galatians 5:22-23

 

Our friend Jesus presents us with peace.

He offers the gift of peace with God.

He offers to the Christian the peace of God.

Have you accepted both gifts?  

 

PERFECT PEACE - not as the world giveth, give I unto you.

 

Whatever the world gives is not perfect.

And the world knows nothing about peace!

 

Jesus does not give the way the world gives.

Jesus gives with the proper motive - He is God!

Jesus gives out of sincerity - He is God!

Jesus gives effectively and He always gives the right gift at the right time to the right people. He is God!

Jesus gives generously - He is God!

 

James 1:17 - When God gives us something it is the perfect gift.

When Jesus gives us peace, it is not at all like the world's gift of peace.

 

The peace of Jesus is powerful - It rules in our hearts no matter what the circumstances.

The peace of Jesus is permanent - We have peace as long as we keep our faith in Him. And when we die, we will continue in His peace!

The peace of Jesus is personal - It takes place inside of each heart that will claim it!   

 

PREVAILING PEACE - Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid.

 

It is our responsibility to allow the peace of Jesus to prevail in our lives.

We chose to accept or reject the gift of peace with God for salvation.

We, as Christians, choose to accept or reject the gift of the peace of God.  When we reject the gift of peace, we are failing to focus on the Lord, we are failing to pray, and we are failing to be filled with the Spirit.

 

Whether to be at peace or whether to be disturbed is a decision we make several times a day.

 

Jesus offers peace with God - Have you accepted it?

Jesus offers the peace of God - Have you accepted it?

 

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