Musings From the Gospel of John – Number 36

The Scriptures verses covered in this post are from John 14:27-31

John 14:27-31 NASB
reads as follows: “Peace I leave you, My peace I give you; not as the world gives, do I give to you. Do not let your hearts be troubled, nor fearful. You heard that I said to you, ‘I am going away, and I am coming to you.’ If you loved Me, you would have rejoiced because I am going to the Father, for the Father is greater than I. And now I have told you before it happens, so that when it happens, you may believe. I will not speak much more with you, for the ruler of the world is coming, and he has nothing in regard to Me, but so that the world may know that I love the Father, I do exactly as the Father commanded Me. Get up, let’s go from here.”

You recall that previously in John Chapter 14, Jesus had let His disciples know that He was soon going to depart from them and return to His Father. And Jesus focused His words on conveying that even though they cannot see His Father, because no man in the flesh can see God and live (Exodus 33:20, John 1:18) but because they have seen Jesus, and because all that Jesus speaks and all that Jesus does, He does in perfect obedience to His Father, they in essence have seen the Father, because they have seen what God the Father had done and heard God the Fathers words from Jesus. And Jesus reminds His disciples that He has told them what is to happen, before it happens, so that they might comprehend the oneness or unity that exists between Himself and His Father. And we have the added extension of God Himself in the person of God’s Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in His Son’s name, hence the Trinity of God.

In John 14:27 Jesus tells them that He leaves His peace with them, but not as the world gives peace, which is temporary and not eternal, the peace that Jesus leaves is eternal, never ending, without change and consequently, not to let their hearts be troubled nor let their hearts be afraid. And the word “peace” is also interesting, because it articulates the reality of consistent finality without conflict. It’s also interesting that when Jesus rose from the dead and appeared to His disciples that were together behind closed doors as noted in John 20:21, the first words that Jesus spoke to them was “Peace to you”, as if confirming the finality of what He had now and forever accomplished.

In John 14:28 we have Jesus reminding the disciples, that knowing Him as they did, they should be rejoicing with Jesus, that He was returning to His Father. And then we have what I call the Order of the Trinity, where Jesus Himself acknowledges that His Father is greater than Himself. Co-equal yet willingly subservient in the applicable order. This order is encapsulated in 1 Corinthians 15:28 NASB where the Apostle Paul states: “When all things are subjected to Him, then the Son Himself will also be subjected to the One who subjected all things to Him, so that God may be all in all.

1. The Father is greater than the Son.
2. The Son glorifies the Father.
3. The Holy Spirit glorifies the Son.

As we read through the Gospel of John and throughout the entirety of the New Testament, this order is always maintained.

In John 14:29 Jesus reminds them yet once again, that He has told them all about these things which shall come to pass, so that they may believe and have faith (trust and have complete confidence in Him).

In John 14:30 Jesus tells them that He will not be speaking about these thing much longer because the ruler of the world is coming. And who currently rules the world as opposed to the Kingdom of God, that would be Satan, who rules those who are in the world and of the world as opposed to believers in Jesus who are in the world but not of the world. But because Jesus is without sin, having always perfectly fulfilled the will of His Father, Satan has no claim on Jesus. There is no transgression of the Father’s will in Jesus, none whatsoever.

And finally, in John 14:31, Jesus validates this reality by stating “but so that the world may know that I love the Father, I do exactly as the Father has commanded Me. Get up, let us go from here.”

This reality that Jesus points to, where Jesus, because of His love for the Father, does and says exactly what the Father has commanded Him to say and do, even so far as being obedient to going through the suffering and pain of crucification, unto His own death, so that those who believe in Him, might be saved through His righteousness, is the reality of God the Father’s grace given unto us.

Listen to the words of Jesus: “For God so loved the world, that He gave His only Son, so that everyone who believes in Him will not perish, but have eternal life. For God did not send the Son into the world to judge the world, but so that the world might be saved through Him. The one who believes in Him is not judged; the one who does not believe has been judged already, because he has not believed in the name of the only Son of God.: (John 3:16-18 NASB)

These very words, that Jesus conveyed to us, come directly from God the Father, to us, through His Son. Grasp the reality of this divine truth from our Heavenly Father. And then watch Jesus do it. “For God so loved …”

Picture if you can, a mere mortal human being, putting all this “truth” together, in his mortal human mind, and then actually saying it and going through with it, including his own death. Forget the miracles, forget the prophecies, forget the healings, forget the resurrection. Highly unlikely, extremely improbable? Now add the miracles, the healings, the prophecies and the resurrection back in. Impossible, unless Jesus was exactly who He said He was,. . . . exactly!

More to follow.

Worthy is the Lamb! Blessings!

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