I’m coming to you very late, but Brittan and I are safely here in Scotland. It’s Saturday the 15th of October already. It’s raining. Brittan is at the Church practicing the keyboard and I’m home alone. The acoustics are not good in here, but that’s never stopped me before, right?
I wish I could show you how beautiful this little village of Buckie is, but, alas, we’re on audio, not video. If you’d like to see some pictures and have not already liked our facebook page, please do so. Just search FB for Scotland Rising and hit like. It’s that simple.
I’m realizing that I have no place to properly record, so I’m going to keep our time together short for you ears’ sake, but I do want us to get together while I’m here. Once we get back to the camper, programming will return to normal, whatever normal is.
This week and next week, we’re going to remain in John’s Gospel. After that, we’ll look at the Old Testament as a whole, then we will begin our survey of the Old Testament books.
Now before we jump into John 14, I just wanted to let you know that I have run into a few listeners all the way over here. Ok, they are people who already knew me from years ago, but still, it’s great to know we’re international. Thank you, social media.
Ok, enough already. Lets grab a glance at the first 6 verses of John chapter 14.
Joh 14:1 “Let not your hearts be troubled. Believe in God; believe also in me.
Joh 14:2 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?
Joh 14:3 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.
Joh 14:4 And you know the way to where I am going.”
Joh 14:5 Thomas said to him, “Lord, we do not know where you are going. How can we know the way?”
Joh 14:6 Jesus said to him, “I am the way, and the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.
Let me set the scene. Jesus and his disciples are in what we call, the upper room, preparing for the Passover meal. It is during this meal that they share what we refer to as ‘the last supper’. Later that night, Jesus will be arrested and the next morning, crucified. He is aware of what’s coming, but the Disciples are not, so Jesus is preparing them for a future without His physical presence.
He starts with Let not your hearts be troubled. Now I know some of you associate that phrase with a certain right wing radio host, but it didn’t start with him.
In chapter 13, Jesus has been preparing the disciples for His betrayal, arrest and execution, now He tells them not to panic. Don’t let your hearts be troubled.Relax. Trust me.
He tries to encourage them with the promise that His departure is temporary and their future is glorious.
He says heaven is real. He would have told us, if it was just a fable or fairy tale. The thought of eternal life while hopeful, is mysterious and can make us skeptical. We can’t see outside of these few dimensions that hold us in, so Jesus says trust me. His resurrection will establish His final authority. As a side topic, but not to be missed, Jesus says there’s plenty of room .
Whoever you are, whatever you’ve done, there is room for you, just trust him.
One of the most important and controversial things Jesus ever said, is recorded in verse 6 as a follow up to Thomas’ question, How can we know the way?
First there is hope, “I am the way”. Thomas, you know me. Trust me. I’ll get you home. Stay close.
The controversy comes with the second statement, no one comes to the Father, except through me. He’s made that statement, or very similar before. In chapter 8 He declares Himself to be the great I AM. In chapter 10 He declares that the other ‘saviors’ were thieves and robbers. He is the good shepherd, the door to the sheep fold. Now He is THE Only way.
Millions simply don’t like that declaration and reject it. But what if He’s telling the truth. We love His other teaching, why not trust Him with this one. After all, His way is awfully easy and attractive. Others say, ‘work’, He says, ‘Trust’. Others say, ‘earn’ He says, ‘come’. Others say, ‘do’, Jesus says, ‘done’. Others say, ‘hope’, Jesus says, here are my scars, ‘Trust me.’
Now is the time to return to the simplicity of the Gospel. The Bible is much simpler than we make it. Its not hard. Church sometimes makes things hard, but Jesus says, ‘Trust me.’
Hey, that’s all I got. Frankly, that’s all there is. If you’ve already trusted Him, take some time to rejoice and rest in the knowledge that He’s coming again to take you to a brand new Home. One with no mortgage or insurance premiums. His gift to You.
If you haven’t yet done so, I wish with every fibre of my being that you will do so, right now. Let go and let God.
If you’ve finally said Yes, Jesus, I trust you, let me know so I can put some material in your hands and help you find a good Church home if you don’t have one. Email, message, or tweet me. I might be in Scotland, but I’m here for you.
Next week we’ll be in Chapter 19, “It is finished” Until then. Be blessed and be a blessing.