Insights on Today's Reading
John 14 - This chapter begins what is known as "The Upper Room Discourse." Jesus met with His disciples on the evening before His arrest in the garden, His trial before the Jews and then before Pilate, and His crucifixion. Jesus basically was giving His disciples His mandate for them as He would live out His life through them in the years, decades, and, for us, the centuries that would come. This chapter begins with Jesus' wonderful promise of "preparing a place" for us in His Father's home, verse 2. He spoke of "coming again" which certainly means His 2nd coming, even more pointedly, His coming at the Rapture, but I believe it also refers to every believer's passing from this life into glory. Jesus comes to takes us "home" when it's our time to "pass away." There is also the promise of "...another Comforter..." verse 16. This, of course, refers to the Holy Spirit who would not only be with us, but He would be "in" us from the moment of our salvation.
John 15 - Jesus gives the very practical illustration of a vine and branches by saying He was "the true Vine..." verse 1, and we are His branches. The close relationship between the vine and branches is to show the wonderfully close relationship we have with Christ. We depend on Him to give us the life-giving sap into our lives and He depends on us to "bear fruit" for His Father's glory, verses 1-8. Jesus also gave His disciples the joy of a "new relationship" with Him by calling them, and us, His friends, verse 15. Remember, back in chapter 13 Jesus spoke of our calling Him our Lord. Now, our Lord is calling us His friends. Try to remember 13:13 and 15:15. He is our Lord, but our Lord calls us His friends!
John 16 - This chapter reveals why Jesus had to ascend to Heaven after His death. Verses 7-11 makes clear that the Holy Spirit would only come after Jesus went back to Heaven. And that is exactly what happened as you will see in Acts 1 and 2. Jesus spoke of His death and the sorrow His disciples would feel, verse 20. But He said their sorrow would be turned to joy when they saw Him as their risen Lord!
John 17 - If any prayer in the Bible was to be called "The Lord's Prayer," this is it! Jesus prayed for His disciples, both those living then, and for all who would believe, which includes us, verse 20. His prayer centered around the union and unity His disciples would have with the Lord and with one another. This is a prayer to meditate on often.
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