The True Vine - Part 1

As John chapter 14 concludes, so too does the upper room discourse as Jesus says to His disciples “Arise, let us go from here”. However, this is not an end to His teaching. From that which follows, it is evident that the subject of “abiding” remains very much at the forefront of our Saviour’s thoughts. Therefore, John 15 commences with another of the “I am” proclamations of Jesus. Throughout John’s gospel, there are seven such proclamations; I am the bread of life. I am the light of the world. I am the door. I am the good shepherd. I am the resurrection and the life. I am the way, the truth and the life and now here in John 15:1, He says, I am the true vine. And here, as Jesus headed toward

Lessons from the Upper Room - Part 5

Of the four questions asked of the Lord in John chapters 13 and 14, the one which, up until this point, we have spent the least time considering is that asked by Jude, referred to as Judas (not Iscariot), sometimes referred to as Thaddeus. And although that which we learn from the response of Jesus to each of the four questions asked is equally wonderful, I think that, that which we learn from the response to the question asked by Jude is particularly amazing. Jude’s question is prompted by that which Jesus says in John 14:15 He who has My commandments and keeps them, it is he who loves Me. And he who loves Me will be loved by My Father, and I will love him and manifest Myself to him.” To wh

Lessons from the Upper Room Part 4

In my previous post I traced the words of Jesus as recorded in John 13:33, where He said, “and as I said to the Jews”, back to their origin in John 8:21, which is the occasion where He is speaking with the Jewish authorities, to which He is referring. As we read the text of John 8, we can see that the authorities are having great difficulty in understanding what Jesus is saying about Himself. Following the incident with the woman caught in the act of adultery, Jesus has just proclaimed Himself as the ‘light of the world’ and having done so, the authorities begin to question His self witness. However, they failed to identify Jesus with God, even though He told them “I am One who bears witness

Lessons from the Upper Room - Part 3

And this is eternal life, that they may know You, the only true God, and Jesus Christ whom You have sent. (Jn 17:3) As we continue with our series “Lessons from the Upper Room”, allow me to draw together certain Scriptures from the gospel of John, which will shed light on the great importance of John 14. In the previous part of the series, we spent time considering the events of chapter 13. It is here that calling His disciples ‘little children’, Jesus reminds them of what He said to the Jews, as He informs them that He will be leaving them. This is what He said: - “Little children, I shall be with you a little while longer. You will seek Me; and as I said to the Jews, ‘Where I am going, you

Lessons from the Upper Room - Part 2

As I prepared for this Sundays message (5th July 2020), I was deeply affected by that which the Spirit impressed upon me. In the first part of the series, we began in John 13 by considering three men specifically mentioned in that particular chapter, each of whom represented one of three conditions present in the midst of our Lord and the apostles as they gathered in the upper room at the time of the Feast of Passover. And it was the way in which the Lord addressed each of those conditions, that formed the basis of the teaching of Part 1. As we move on, if in chapter 13 there were three men representing three conditions, in chapter 14, we shall find four men asking four questions, to which t

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