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DAY 22

The next promise is found in John 14 v 6 and comes to answer the questions posed by Peter in 13 v 36, Thomas in 14 v 5, Philip v 8 and Judas v 22.

Peter begins our study with the question 'where are you going too' and the response of the Master is swift, 'you cannot come with me now but you will soon after'.

The Lord Jesus has been musing on the immediate future whilst operating in the long term future as far as the human race is concerned.

He is exhorting the disciples to love one another as He has loved them, the truth is they were a gang of men from many backgrounds who are showing signs of in fighting.

They are looking for prominence when they should have been looking at the promises that the Saviour was giving to them.

Here Peter is showing human strength instead of relying on the Saviours strength that was to be revealed through service to each other and not in being served them self.

Peter was looking at the immediate situation with little knowledge of the impending dangers that were in front of them.

This is magnified by the closing words of the Saviour to Peter, 'the cock shall not crow until thou hast denied me three times'.

There is something of Peter in all of us, we make statements about our Lord Jesus and what we will do for Him when in truth we are denying Him in the office, factory, school and work place.

The disciples were stunned by this answer of the Master and His response to them was opening up the Kingdom to them 14 vs.1 – 4 with precious promises.

The Kingdom of heaven has been a mystic place through out the ages with many a person revealing their knowledge about it.

The Lord Jesus is talking here about the Kingdom that He had left behind to come into the world to save sinners like us.

That Kingdom or realm is a reality not a fantasy, it is a real place where the Creator God rules supreme in glorious holiness and light.

Now through Calvary we are introduced to our eternal home that the same Lord Jesus is preparing for us and one day will return to take us to our eternal home.

This a fact based on the words of the Living Christ and not fiction based on a men's or woman's imagination or thinking.

So enters Thomas into the discussion with a question that many ask 'how can we know the way' v 5 to which he receives a speedy reply vs.6 – 7.

'I am the way, the truth and the life' a simple truth and promise with very deep meaning that every Christian should be enjoying.

'I am the way' in Hebrews 9 v 8 we find the Holy Spirit signifies or indicates that the way into the holiest of all was through the sacrifice of the Lord Jesus blood.

In the days of the Old Testament the blood of sacrifices were offered in the Holy of Holies by the High Priest, he alone was allowed into the Holy of Holies.

Now in the New Testament the Lord Jesus has ascended into the most Holy of Holies the very presence of Almighty God opening up the way for repentant sinners to commune with the Living God.

Thomas only understood the Old Covenant because the New one was yet to be offered to him, the Lord Jesus is only hours away from meeting the demands on our behalf of the New eternal covenant.

The truth is the disciples are still looking for Messiah to come to fulfill all that the Living God demanded of human beings, yet He is there along side them.

The 'way' points to the road that leads to God, the 'truth' points us to the reality of the issue and the 'life' brings us to the highest life possible being allowed into the Creator Gods presence.

Thomas was looking at the physical world and not the heavenly place, he was looking at human things instead of looking at spiritual things, as yet their eyes were not opened to the full truth.

We then turn to Philip and to his problem or view on these issues v 8 and his short question has been echoed by millions over the years 'show us the Father'?

This a constant question that reveals the true heart of the matter, seeing is not believing as far as faith is concerned, we see many evidences of the Living God all around us but still we are not convinced.

If we saw the garments of the Creator God we would wither and die let alone see Him in His glory, this human shell is a mighty barrier we are so fragile and yet so arrogant.

We can do no better than turn to Hebrews 1 vs.1 – 4 for a while to gaze upon the truth that the Lord Jesus brings out in John 14.

The Living God has spoken through the Patriarchs, prophets and princes and now finally through His own Son, the One standing talking to the disciples as recorded by John.

In the past God selected people to commune with Him so that they could communicate His word to the people and that had been effective.

Now in a final and decisive way He has come to dwell amongst human beings so as to communicate the truth to them in visible form to them.

The Lord Jesus radiated the perfect reflection of God whilst He lived on earth, He never lost His glory or position in the heavenly place as King of kings and Lord of lords.

His whole life radiated the presence of the Living God, His speech was grace personified, His acts were gracious beyond any other person dead or alive.

He reveals His thoughts in gracious ways reaching out to help the helpless and hopeless souls that came to Him and ministered to all in mercy, love and grace.

He exalts the Father God who was behind every act, thought and word He utters and yet these disciples still cannot see the Father in the Son or the Son being in the Father.

The scene begins to change here from the outward view to the inward view, from the physical to the spiritual, 'ask what you will and I will do it' v 14.

In an instant prayer is transformed from a litany or repetitive prayers into a dynamic seeking after God to supply the needs and requests of is people.

The disciples were fast moving towards a transformation of their whole beings, the old language is to be replaced by a new way of living.

Judas the brother of James and not Iscariot, now intervenes v 22 with a personal question 'why us and not to the world' well in twenty four hours He did when He died on the Cross at Calvary.

John 3 v 16 is clear indication that the Lord Jesus was showing compassion through His suffering and death to the whole world so that whoever believes will be accepted into the Kingdom of heaven.

That sacrifice was intended for the whole world and inside it every repentant soul believing in the Lord Jesus will know their sin is forgiven by the Living God.

What a mighty promise there is then in John 3 but let us now look at three more promises here in John 14 given by the Lord Jesus to the believer.

There in v 3 the promise that 'where I am you will may also' right there in the centre of eternity before the Throne of God at His footstool in the presence of the Creator God.

Then in v 12 the promise that the 'works that I do you will do also' now the early disciples were when endued by the Holy Spirit able to perform miracles and mighty acts that human nature could hardly believe.

The truth is we are not living as close to the Lord as we should be and we are not seeing the fulfilling of this promise as we should, the promise still stands good.

Thirdly in v 19 the beautiful promise given to every believer in the Lord Jesus sacrifice 'because I live you shall live also' eternity is waiting for all us but heaven is for the believers only.

Three promises open for every believer to partake off, why are we holding back?