Answers to BSF Bible Study Questions on John 14:1-7
8. DO NOT let your hearts be troubled. He’s got this.
The Jews were out to kill Jesus, and now Jesus talked of going away. That must have sparked fear, grief, depression, and despondency.
The disciples signed on with Jesus believing—or at least hoping, along with many others in Judah—Jesus would be crowned king of the Jews and overthrow the Roman rule. As His inner circle, they dreamed of sitting beside Him in places of honor.
So far, “by following him they got little but poverty, contempt, reproach, and persecution: and now that their Master was to leave them so suddenly, they could have no prospect or hope of better things. Is this the kingdom of the Messiah?” (Dr. Lightfoot)
It’s up to us to control our heart. It’s God’s power that makes that possible, but we have to make the choice and draw on God’s ability. How do we do that? This verse goes on to say, “believe in God…” Faith is how we conquer our emotions.
Jesus made these statements to His disciples the night before His crucifixion. Even in circumstances like they would experience, Jesus [told] them not to let their hearts be troubled. That’s amazing. And …reveals the authority we have over our emotions. The Lord would have been unjust to command His disciples to do something they were powerless to do. Therefore, we can control our emotions regardless of how things are going.
The fact that Jesus mentions controlling our emotions first in this list of all the things we should do is also significant. If we let our emotions run away with us, then it’s nearly impossible to reign them in. It’s easier to hold them at bay than it is to stop them once we have let them go. Harnessing our emotions is the first thing to do in a crisis situation. Most battles are won or lost in the first few moments according to the way we allow our emotions to go. (Andrew Wommack) (emphasis added)
Yet what we suffer now is nothing compared to the glory he will reveal to us later. Romans 8:18 NLT
Trust in God, and trust also in me.
For those who believe in, trust in, and rely on the one true God AND believe in God’s only Son, Jesus, He offers promises and comfort.
Jesus encourages His disciples by reminding them of His divine identity and authority which the Jews did not believe.
In My Father’s house are many rooms, dwelling places.
The Greek word translated “mansions” in the King James Version, means abode or dwelling place according to Strong’s Greek Dictionary.
I am going to prepare a place for you.
Dr. Lightfoot compares this phrase to Numbers 10:33 — “So they set out from the mountain of the Lord (Sinai) three days’ journey, and the ark of the covenant of the Lord went in front of them during the three days’ journey to seek out a resting place for them.” (AMP—Emphasis added) Did Jesus carry out this mission during the days before His resurrection?
If this were not so, would I have told you that I am going to prepare a place for you?
Jesus didn’t let them get their hopes up unnecessarily. What they believed was true, but their understanding was off. The Jews envisioned the Messiah as another king like David who would restore Israel to its former glory.
The kingdom Jesus created on earth and in heaven are far greater than they imagined.
- Our citizenship is in heaven.
- We eagerly await His coming.
- He will transform us so that we will be like His glorious resurrected body.
But [we are different, because] our citizenship is in heaven. And from there we eagerly await [the coming of] the Savior, the Lord Jesus Christ; 21 who, by exerting that power which enables Him even to subject everything to Himself, will [not only] transform [but completely refashion] our earthly bodies so that they will be like His glorious resurrected body. (AMP)
- We have hope beyond this present life.
- We will be raised up along with others who have fallen asleep in Jesus.
- The Lord Himself will come down from heaven with a shout of command.
- The dead in Christ will rise first.
- Those who are alive and remain will be caught up with them to meet the Lord in the air.
- We will always be with the Lord!
Now we do not want you to be uninformed, believers, about those who are asleep [in death], so that you will not grieve [for them] as the others do who have no hope [beyond this present life].14 For if we believe that Jesus died and rose again [as in fact He did], even so God [in this same way—by raising them from the dead] will bring with Him those [believers] who have fallen asleep in Jesus. 15 For we say this to you by the Lord’s [own] word, that we who are still alive and remain until the coming of the Lord, will in no way precede [into His presence] those [believers] who have fallen asleep [in death].16 For the Lord Himself will come down from heaven with a shout of command, with the voice of the archangel and with the [blast of the] trumpet of God, and the dead in Christ will rise first.17 Then we who are alive and remain [on the earth] will simultaneously be caught up (raptured) together with them [the resurrected ones] in the clouds to meet the Lord in the air, and so we will always be with the Lord! 18 Therefore comfort and encourage one another with these words [concerning our reunion with believers who have died]. (AMP)
- Everyone who has this hope of being like Him, being with Him, and seeing Him in all His glory purifies himself through that confidence.
Beloved, we are [even here and] now children of God, and it is not yet made clear what we will be [after His coming]. We know that when He comes and is revealed, we will [as His children] be like Him, because we will see Him just as He is [in all His glory]. 3 And everyone who has this hope [confidently placed] in Him purifies himself, just as He is pure (holy, undefiled, guiltless). (AMP)
- I am coming quickly.
- Remember the words of the prophecy.
I am coming quickly. Blessed (happy, prosperous, to be admired) is the one who heeds and takes to heart and remembers the words of the prophecy [that is, the predictions, consolations, and warnings] contained in this book (scroll). (AMP)
9. Jesus said, “You know the way.”
Thomas contradicted Jesus, the Living Word of God, when He responded, “No, we don’t know, Lord…We have no idea where you are going, so how can we know the way?” (NLT)
Jesus told them plainly at least four times before this.
It’s okay to ask, as Mary did, “How can this be?” if we are asking for clarification or an explanation. We should not trust our own understanding (Proverbs 3:5) because our minds get locked into paradigms. God’s plans and perspectives short-circuit our brains.
That’s why I need my mind renewed.
It so hard to avoid assuming the wrong meaning. At least, it is for me. I get so stuck on my assumptions, it doesn’t occur to me that I even need clarification.
One of the self-help gurus says, “Seek first to understand.” I should constantly remind myself of that in conversations with people.
I think the problem I have in hearing God—if something doesn’t make sense, I think I heard incorrectly. Or think it can’t be God.
I lean on my own understanding way too often. Like most-of-the-time often.
The people in the Bible are so real. Jesus hand-picked these guys. They seem so hard-headed, it gives me hope.
Thomas gets a bad rap, but they all messed up. Then everyone but Judas later went out and changed the world. (Tradition says Thomas took the gospel to India where he died a violent death.)
Thank God for the Holy Spirit! There is hope for all of us!
10. The way — The truth — The life
- There is only one God.
- There is only one mediator between God and man, Jesus Christ, the Son of God.
- There is no one else.
- There is no other name under heaven.
- There is no alternative for salvation.
And there is salvation in no one else; for there is no other name under heaven that has been given among people by which we must be saved [for God has provided the world no alternative for salvation]. (AMP)
For there is [only] one God, and [only] one Mediator between God and mankind, the Man Christ Jesus, (AMP)
MY answers — not THE answers — to BSF study questions on John Lesson 18 Day 4 ~ John 14:1-7