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The Promise - A Person (27 of 34)
Series: Jesus, the One and Only
INTRODUCTION: We are in the part of John that is called the, "Upper Room discourse" Jesus is preparing the disciples for His departure.
Listen the text from last week John 14:1-6 (ESV)
1 "Let not your hearts be troubled. Believe in God; believe also in me. 2 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? 3 And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again and will take you to myself, that where I am you may be also. 4 And you know the way to where I am going."
Now, we focus on the place that Jesus would prepare… all the disciples heard were those two words, "I go"
You hear the fear in the words of Thomas - 5 Thomas said to him, "Lord, we do not know where you are going. How can we know the way?"
Now there is no way possible that we can comprehend the full weight of those words to these men. These disciples had walked with God in the flesh, Jesus Christ for three years. Now Jesus is about to depart from them.
They had ran to Jesus many times -
• In the face of a deadly storm they called out to Jesus and He calmed the storm.
• When they lacked food, Jesus had multiplied the loaves and fish.
• In the face of sickness Jesus had healed.
• He had demonstrated His authority over nature, demons, sickness
• Jesus had even raised Lazarus from the dead.
Now he's leaving.
In next three chapters Jesus makes a circular, repetitive argument.
A good teacher btw, repeats himself - tell you something, then tells you again.
Sinclair Ferguson said, "It is as if Jesus were leading the disciples up a circular staircase until they might gain the proper perspective on the situation at hand."
It is very repetitive. But there are three major themes. A Place, A Person and A Prayer.
Jesus is trying to show them that things are going to simultaneously get really bad and really go ...
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