Wednesday, September 1, 2021
25-27 “I’m telling you these things while I’m still living with you. The Friend, the Holy Spirit whom the Father will send at my request, will make everything plain to you. He will remind you of all the things I have told you. I’m leaving you well and whole. That’s my parting gift to you. Peace. I don’t leave you the way you’re used to being left—feeling abandoned, bereft. So don’t be upset. Don’t be distraught.
28 “You’ve heard me tell you, ‘I’m going away, and I’m coming back.’ If you loved me, you would be glad that I’m on my way to the Father because the Father is the goal and purpose of my life.
29-31 “I’ve told you this ahead of time before it happens so that when it does happen, the confirmation will deepen your belief in me. I’ll not be talking with you much more like this because the chief of this godless world is about to attack. But don’t worry—he has nothing on me, no claim on me. But so the world might know how thoroughly I love the Father, I am carrying out my Father’s instructions right down to the last detail.
“Get up. Let’s go. It’s time to leave here.”
-John 14:25-31 The Message.
Verse 25: “These things I have spoken to you while abiding with you.
Verse 26: 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 said to you.
Verse 26 study: Jesus promises that the Holy Spirit would help remember the teachings. I believe this passage of scripture. To get to the point of being satisfied, we still have to read and study the Bible. The disciples saw Jesus’ life teachings and the Holy Spirit helped with remembering without taking an individual point of view.
Verse 27: Peace I leave with you; My peace I give to you; not as the world gives do I give to you. Therefore, do not let your heart be troubled, nor let it be fearful.
Verse 27 study: The one thing the Holy Spirit will do is bring you deep, lasting peace. And that’s if you allow him in. This type of peace is reassuring yourself that the future is promising, no fearing. It is confidence. World peace a lot of times is conflicted. It’s hard to have peace with worldly peace. So pick which you believe is suitable for yourself.
Verse 28: You heard that I said to you, ‘I go away, and I will come to you.’ If you loved Me, you would have rejoiced because I go to the Father, for the Father is more significant than I.
Verse 29: Now I have told you before it happens, so that when it happens, you may believe.
Verse 28 study: Jesus submits as God the Son to God the Father. Jesus also submitted to the physical limitations of humanity (Philippians 2:6)
Verses 27-29 studies: Many things will keep you at war within yourself. Sin, fear, doubt, just to name a few. Yet, the peace of God moves through our hearts. God does that to remove the hostility of forces and replaces that hostility with ease and comfort. We have to accept it from Jesus for us to have it. See Philippians 4:6-7 to learn more about God’s Peace.
Verse 30: I will not speak much more with you, for the ruler of the world is coming, and he has nothing in Me;
Verse 31: but so that the world may know that I love the Father, I do exactly as the Father commanded Me. Get up, let us go from here.
Verses 30-31 studies: Satan has power other than people listening to him because God allows him to act. Jesus didn’t let Satan overpower him (Matthew 4). But Satan tried too with his arrogance. If we continue to obey and align ourselves with God’s purpose, Satan won’t have power.
Verse 31 study: “let’s go from here” may have meant to start traveling to the Garden of Gethsemane (chapters 15-17). Another viewpoint is that Jesus asked the disciples to get ready to leave the room but didn’t do it until after chapter 18, verse 1.
Father, thank you for today’s lesson. I pray we can be disciplined. There are many things in temptation out in the world because people like it. I pray we can overcome that temptation with your word, truth, love, disciple, and example. In Jesus’ name. Amen!