In the previous chapter, Jesus kicked Judas Iscariot (the traitor) out and foretold that Simon Peter would deny him three times before the rooster crows. That’s pretty somber. But it’s important to keep this in mind when reading John 14.
To contrast from the bad news, Jesus brings his disciples comforting news. Jesus assures his disciples that their faith will be rewarded and that they will have a Helper, the Holy Spirit.
I am the Way, and the Truth, and the Life
In my Father’s house are many rooms. If it were not so, would I have told you that I go to prepare a place for you?John 14:2
Jesus assures his disciples that He is with them. He starts off telling them not to be troubled in their hearts and to believe. They are guaranteed a place in heaven.
If we all believe, we also receive a room in the Father’s house. That’s pretty reassuring.
I am the way, and the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.John 14:6
Jesus speaks His most famous phrase. Because the disciples have already accepted Jesus, they are also able to go to the Father.
And the most beautiful thing about this statement is that only faith is required. Unlike other religions, we don’t have to earn it. In fact, we don’t deserve it. We simply need to humble ourselves and cry out for help. Jesus will listen.
The Holy Spirit
But the Helper, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in my name, he will teach you all things and bring to your remembrance all that I have said to you.John 14:26
When Jesus spoke this to his disciples, the disciples didn’t yet know that Jesus would be leaving to die on the cross and ascend to heaven.
Still, Jesus gives them the assurance that even after he departs from this world, the Holy Spirit will help them just as Jesus has helped them when Jesus was with them.
While we never got a chance to meet Jesus in person (not yet, at least), the Holy Spirit dwells within us and acts as Jesus’s liason.
Whenever we struggle with anything, be it hardship or temptations, we can call on the Holy Spirit to help us out. And there’s no limitations either―we can call on the Holy Spirit as many times as we need for any seemingly insurmountable difficulty. It never runs out.
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