What Jesus Did! 'See Me as God Up Close' — John 14:1

Sunday, September 21, 2014

Jesus said, "Don't be troubled. Trust in God. And trust in me."
— John 14:1
Illustration of John 14:1 — Jesus said, "Don't be troubled. Trust in God. And trust in me."

Key Thought

All their lives, Jesus' disciples were taught to trust God. Their childhoods had been filled with great stories of faithfulness. Jesus' words (which follow in John 14) will stretch their understandings past the breaking point. He will equate himself with God. They will struggle to understand. Much of what happens will remain an impenetrable mystery to them until Jesus' resurrection and the coming of his Spirit. For them, and for us, these words take on great meaning. "You trust in Almighty God, so trust in me, too!" His point? It's like he's saying, "Trust me! I'm God up close for you!" Jesus is the great reminder of God's concern and understanding of our dilemmas. He is God up close.

Today's Prayer

Righteous and holy God, my Abba Father, I praise you for your love and grace. Thank you for entering our world and drawing close to us in Jesus. Thank you for giving us Jesus so we can know your love and compassion more clearly. I put my trust in him as I pray in his mighty name. Amen.

Today's Verses in Context

Jesus said, "Don't be troubled. Trust in God. And trust in me. There are many rooms in my Father's house. I would not tell you this if it were not true. I am going there to prepare a place for you. After I go and prepare a place for you, I will come back. Then I will take you with me, so that you can be where I am. You know the way to the place where I am going." Thomas said, "Lord, we don't know where you are going. So how can we know the way?" Jesus answered, "I am the way. I am the truth and the life. The only way to the Father is through me. If you really knew me, then you would know my Father too. But now you know the Father. You have seen him." Philip said to Jesus, "Lord, show us the Father. That is all we need." Jesus answered, "Philip, I have been with you for a long time. So you should know me. The person that has seen me has seen the Father too. So why do you say, 'Show us the Father'? Do you truly believe that I am in the Father and the Father is in me? The things I have told you don't come from me. The Father lives in me, and he is doing his own work. Believe me when I say that I am in the Father and the Father is in me. Or believe because of the miracles I have done. I tell you the truth. The person that believes in me will do the same things I have done. Yes! He will do even greater things than I have done. Why? Because I am going to the Father. And if you ask for anything in my name, I will do it for you. Then the Father's glory will be shown through the Son. If you ask me for anything in my name, I will do it.

John 14:1-14

Related Scripture Readings

The Word became a man and lived among us. We saw his glory—the glory that belongs to the only Son of the Father. The Word was full of grace (kindness) and truth. John told people about him. John said, "This is the One I was talking about. I said, 'The One who comes after me is more important than I am. He was living before me.'" The Word (Christ) was full of grace and truth. From him we all received more and more blessings. The law was given through Moses. But grace and {the way of} truth came through Jesus Christ. No man has ever seen God. But the only Son (Jesus) is God. He is very close to the Father (God). And the Son has shown us what God is like.

John 1:14-18

"I tell you the truth. If a person hears what I say and believes in the One (God) who sent me, that person has life forever. That person will not be judged guilty. He has already left death and has entered into life.

John 5:24

Then Jesus said loudly, "The person that believes in me is really believing in the One (God) who sent me. The person that sees me is really seeing the One who sent me. I am light, and I came into this world. I came so that every person that believes in me would not stay in darkness. "I did not come into the world to judge people. I came to save the people in the world. So I am not the one that judges the people who hear my teaching but don't obey. There is a judge for the person that refuses to believe in me and does not accept what I say. The message I have taught will judge that person on the last day. Why? Because the things I taught were not from myself. The Father (God) who sent me told me what to say and what to teach. And I know that eternal life comes from what the Father commands. So the things I say are what the Father told me to say."

John 12:44-50

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What Jesus Did is a one-year devotional guide through the gospels, using one short passage each day and following the Gospel in consecutive order. Each devotional consists of a passage, reflection and a prayer which opens up the day's scripture and shows how it challenges you to live for Jesus.

What Jesus Did! is written by Phil Ware.

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