New International Version (NIV)
Jesus Comforts His Disciples
14 “Do not let your hearts be troubled. You believe in God[a]; believe also in me. 2 My Father’s house has many rooms; if that were not so, would I have told you that I am going there to prepare a place for you? 3 And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come back and take you to be with me that you also may be where I am. 4 You know the way to the place where I am going.”
Jesus the Way to the Father
5 Thomas said to him, “Lord, we don’t know where you are going, so how can we know the way?”
6 Jesus answered, “I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me. 7 If you really know me, you will know[b] my Father as well. From now on, you do know him and have seen him.”
Thomas and the others wanted to follow Jesus but didn’t know the way he was going. Jesus plainly stated that he is the way and the truth and the life. Rather than sermonizing about a complicated set of directions to reach the heavenly Father, Jesus made the way simple. Really know me.
When you are lost, would you rather look at a map or follow a person who knows the way? The same is true for coming to Jesus. What an unsaved person needs isn’t a complicated explanation but someone to show her the way himself (see Acts 4:12).
14:1-3 - Jesus Comforts His Disciples
essiah’s Peace, Place, and Promise for His People – MESSIAH’S COMING. These are among the most comforting words in all of Scripture; from Jesus’ own lips, we receive the promise of His return. He spoke these words during His most intimate time with His disciples, and they echo down to us as a precious promise to the bride of Christ.
In this text, Jesus tells us of a peace, a place, and a promise. He begins with a comforting encouragement: do not be troubled; be at peace. Our peace is based on our belief in GOD and in Christ. We know that He is trustworthy and that give us a foundation of peace upon which to build our lives. Second, Jesus spoke of a place. He has promised to prepare for us a place where we will have eternal fellowship with Him. Finally, we have Christ’s personal promise that He is returning for us. Think of it! His personal signature is on our salvation; as we have received Him. He is coming to receive us. We look forward to that day in expectation, preparing ourselves for it, for “every man that hath this hope…purifieth himself. (1John 3:3). (Ps. 16:10/Acts 1:10, 11)
14:1-4 - In 13:36 Jesus responded to Peter’s question individually; now He answers the same question for all the disciples.
14:2 Mansions literally means “dwelling places.” A better translation is “rooms,” conveying the idea that there is ample space in heaven for all who come to Jesus as Savior.
So, it would behoove every believer to read a bit further and remember the following, “If a man love me, he will keep my words: and my Father will love him, and we will come unto him, and make our abode with him. (John 14:23)
And God shall wipe away all tears from their eyes; and there shall be no more death, neither sorrow, nor crying, neither shall there be any more pain: for the former things are passed away. (Revelation 21:4)
Janet Irene Thomas
Director, Playwright, Gospel Lyricist, Screenwriter
Bible Stories Theatre of Fine & Performing Arts