Lessons from the Upper Room - Part 3

July 8, 2020

 

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 cannot come” (Jn 12:33)

 

We can find a slightly fuller account of what Jesus said to the Jews in John 8:19-24

 

Jesus answered, “You know neither Me nor My Father. If you had known Me, you would have known My Father also.”20 These words Jesus spoke in the treasury, as He taught in the temple; and no one laid hands on Him, for His hour had not yet come. 21 Then Jesus said to them again, “I am going away, and you will seek Me, and will die in your sin. Where I go you cannot come.” 22 So the Jews said, “Will He kill Himself, because He says, ‘Where I go you cannot come’?” 23 And He said to them, “You are from beneath; I am from above. You are of this world; I am not of this world. 24 Therefore I said to you that you will die in your sins; for if you do not believe that I am He, you will die in your sins.”

 

In John 14, Philip says to Jesus “Lord, show us the Father and it is sufficient for us” and during His response, Jesus first says “If you had known Me, you would have known My Father also; and from now on you know Him and have seen Him” and then says “He who has seen Me, has seen the Father”. This is the same, but different to that which He said to the Jews ““You know neither Me nor My Father. If you had known Me, you would have known My Father also.”

 

Why is it so important to us to understand by faith that if we know Jesus, we know the father also? Because eternal life depends on it!

 

And this is eternal life, that they may know You, the only true God, and Jesus Christ whom You have sent. (Jn 17:3)

 

“… if you do not believe that I am He, you will die in your sins.” (Jn 8:24)

 

If we do not believe that Jesus and the Father are One, accepting by faith that Jesus is God, then we will die in ours sins as surely as Jesus said. But if we know God and Jesus Christ whom He sent; we shall inherit eternal life. And how shall we know God? He who has seen Jesus, has seen the Father.

 

“Let not your heart be troubled; you 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. 3 And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again and receive you to Myself; that where I am, there you may be also. And where I go you know, and the way you know.” (Jn 14:1-4)

 

God Bless.

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