The Disciple’s Question

Obedience

The Judas referred to in this passage is not Judas Iscariot (v. 22). It is thought that he may have been the same man called Thaddaeus (Mark 10:3). His question showed that he was thinking that Jesus was going to reveal Himself to the world as Messiah and it puzzled him that Jesus would limit Himself to just them. Jesus replied that He and the Father will not make Himself known to those who are disobedient to His teaching (vv. 23-24). The Father and the Son, through the Holy Spirit, will come only to those who prove their love for Him by obedience. Jesus saves the deepest revelations of Himself for those who love Him.

Christ spoke these things while He was with the disciples, but the Holy Spirit would teach them (vv. 25-26).  The world bases its peace on resources, while God’s peace depends on relationships. People in the world walk by sight and depend on the externals, but Christians need to walk by faith and depend on the internals. In this hour of sorrow for the disciples, Christ promised a unique kind of peace that is different than the world’s peace (v.27). His peace would calm troubled and fearful hearts. Unsaved people enjoy peace when there is an absence of trouble while Christians enjoy peace in spite of trials because of the presence and power of the Holy Spirit. Jesus assures them that they would see Him again (v. 28). Christ foretold these events so that when they happened they would increase the faith of the disciples (vv. 29-30). “Arise, let us go hence” (v. 31). The hour for which Jesus came had arrived. Jesus had been with His disciples in the Upper Room. He is now preparing to go to the Garden of Gethsemane and He will soon go to the cross.

Application

Has my love for God and obedience to Him changed in the past six months? What promise from this passage means the most to me? Why?

John 14:25-31 (English Standard Version)

"These things I have spoken to you while I am still with you. 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. Peace I leave with you; my peace I give to you. Not as the world gives do I give to you. Let not your hearts be troubled, neither let them be afraid. You heard me say to you, 'I am going away, and I will come to you.' If you loved me, you would have rejoiced, because I am going to the Father, for the Father is greater than I. And now I have told you before it takes place, so that when it does take place you may believe. I will no longer talk much with you, for the ruler of this world is coming. He has no claim on me, but I do as the Father has commanded me, so that the world may know that I love the Father. Rise, let us go from here."

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