THE GOSPEL OF JOHN”
LESSON THIRTY-THREE

John 13:33-35
    33. Little children, yet a little while I am with you. Ye shall seek me: and as I said unto the Jews,
          Whither I go, ye cannot come; so now I say to you.
    34. A new commandment I give unto you, That ye love one another; as I have loved you, that ye also   
          love one another.
    35. By this shall all men know that ye are my disciples, if ye have love one to another.
    36. Simon Peter said unto him, Lord, whither goest thou? Jesus answered him, Whither I go, thou
          canst not follow me now; but thou shalt follow me afterwards.
    37. Peter said unto him, Lord, why cannot I follow thee now? I will lay down my life for thy sake.
    38. Jesus answered him, Wilt thou lay down thy life for my sake? Verily, verily, I say unto thee, The
          cock shall not crow, till thou hast denied me thrice.

    [A]  The last time we met, we looked at the new commandment that Jesus gave his disciples, I wanted to include it
            in our reading this evening to set us up for the words that Peter said, and the reply that Jesus gave him.

Verse thirty-seven - Peter said unto him, Lord, why cannot I follow thee now? I will lay down my life for thy sake.
    
    [A]  Peter was one who often spoke without thinking.
            [1]  He often opened his mouth and stuck his foot into it, thinking about what he said after he said it        
            [2]  It was almost like, Peter had to have something to say about everything
    
    [B]  Peter asked why he could not follow Jesus?
            [1]  What Peter did not know was what Jesus was about to endure,
            [2]  Even though Jesus had told them repeatedly that he was going to die and even the manor he was going
                    to did, the disciples still did not understand what was going to happen
    
    [C]  Peter told Jesus, I will lay down my life for thy sake.
            [1]  You know, I believe that Peter was sincere when he said these words to Jesus.
            [2]  I believe that he really believed that he would be willing to die for Christ, or before he denied him in any
                    way.

Verse thirty-eight - Jesus answered him, Wilt thou lay down thy life for my sake? Verily, verily, I  say unto thee, The
    cock shall not crow, till thou hast denied me thrice.
    
    [A]  Jesus asked Peter if he really would lay down his life for him
            [1]  Interestingly, when Jesus was arrested in the garden, what did Peter do?
                    [a]  He pulled his sword and attacked, a servant of the High Priest, and cut off his ear.
                    [b]  If Jesus had not stopped him, it is hard to say what Peter might have done, he may have even been
                            killed in the process.
            [2]  The boast Peter made to Jesus, was a prophetic boast, He did lay down his life for Jesus.
                    [a]  He failed Jesus before he was put to death
                    [b]  After he received the Holy Spirit, he lived for him, and eventually died for him as well
                    [c]  Tradition has it that Peter was crucified on a cross, but told his executioners that he wanted to be
                            crucified upside down, because Jesus  had been crucified right side up. Tradition tells us that this
                            was crucified upside down.
    
    [B] After Peter made his boast, Jesus told him that he would deny him, three times before the Rooster crowed.
            [1]  This happened just like Jesus said,
            [2]  While Jesus was on trial, Peter denied knowing Jesus three times, when accused of being with Jesus,
            [3]  After the rooster crowed, Peter remembered what Jesus had said, and about the same time Jesus was
                    led out. Jesus looked at Peter, and Peter looked at Jesus, and Peter was filled with guilt and shame,
                    and went out weeping, knowing that he had done exactly what Jesus told him he would do.         

    [C]  Question:
            [1]  Often times, we like Peter determine in our hearts that we would rather die then to deny Jesus.
                    [a]   What are some of the ways we deny him?
                    [b]   What, if anything might make you deny knowing Jesus
                    [c]   Would you be willing to die before you deny him?

John14:1-6
    1.   Let not your heart be troubled: ye believe in God, believe also in me.
    2.   In my Father's house are many mansions: if it were not so, I would have told you. I go to prepare a
          place for you.
    3.   And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again, and receive you unto myself; that
          where I am, there ye may be also.
    4.   And whither I go ye know, and the way ye know.
    5.   Thomas saith unto him, Lord, we know not whither thou goest; and how can we know the way?
    6.   Jesus saith unto him, I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by
          me.

    [A] John fourteen, one through six, is a very popular passage that we hear read at funerals, What is the reason
            for this?        
            [1]  It is a comforting passage
            [2]  It gives us hope
            [3]  It is a promise from Jesus to his followers

Verse one - Let not your heart be troubled: ye believe in God, believe also in me.
    
    [A]  Its obvious here that Jesus was giving his disciples something to bring them comfort, he said. Let not your
            heart be troubled:
    
    [B]  There are three words in this passage upon which stress can be laid.
            [1]  The word troubled
                    [a] Worry brings trouble upon us, but what does it accomplish?
                    [b]  Stress itself bring trouble upon us, but what do we gain?
                    [c]  The thought of tomorrow makes us troubled, but what can we do to change it?
                    [d]  As a Christian, and a disciple of Jesus, it is his desire that we walk through life, without being cast
                            down or disquieted, instead he wants us to be a shining light in the world, showing his joy and his
                            peace in a time when all others do not have it.  By doing so, others will desire to have what we
                            have, and they too will seek Jesus.
                    [e]  Jesus certainly wanted his disciples to be at peace. They were about to be faced with great trouble.
                            He was about to be put to death, and they would be hiding, fearful for their lives, as they tried to
                            figure out what it all meant.
            [2]  The second word is heart.
                    [a]  The disciples were about to have their heart ripped from them, figuratively speaking, when Jesus
                            whom they had placed all their hope and faith would be arrested, crucified and laid in a tomb.
                    [b]  Similar to what the disciples faced, we too have times when our heart is broken and we feel all is
                            lost. During these times, Jesus is telling us, the same thing he told his disciples, Let not your heart
                            be troubled, believe in me. I am there to help you, and I will never forsake you. Actually we have it
                            better then the disciples, did because, we have that promise, a promise that Jesus will never
                            forsake us, yet for a short time, he was absent from them.
            [3]  The third word that fits into the stress factor is your.
                    [a]  When you or I try to do things on our own, instead of trusting Jesus to help us, or to show us the
                            way, we are going to have much stress.
                    [b]  Jesus was telling his disciples and us as well, that however much others are overwhelmed with the
                            sorrows and pain of everyday life, we are not to be so, instead we should remember him, and
                            keep our thoughts and our mind focused on him.
                    [c] The way we are to keep ourselves in focus and omit the stresses from our lives is to believe in God,
                            believe also in [Jesus].
                            [a-1]  There is where all our hope lies
                            [b-1]  There is where our promise for eternal life lies

Verse two - In my Father's house are many mansions: if it were not so, I would have told you. I  go to prepare a place
    for you.
    
    [A]   In my fathers house
            [1]  Who is Jesus’ father?
                    [a]  Almighty God
            [2] How do we know this is his father
                    [a]  The bible tells us so
            [3]  Where is his father’s house
                    [a]  Heaven
    
    [B] There are many mansions
            [1]  What did Jesus mean by this statement?
            [2]  Many mansions
                    [a]  Many rooms
                    [b]  A mansion of your own
                    [c]  Plenty of room for you, me and everyone who believes in Jesus and follows him
    
    [C]  If it were not so, I would have told you.  
            [1]  Herein lies another promise as well as a message of comfort
            [2]  If it were not so, if there was not going to be room for all in heaven, Jesus would have told us
    
    [D]  There will be plenty of room and plenty to spare, for Jesus has gone to prepare a place for everyone who
            believes in him
            [1]  It was Jesus who created the heavens and the earth, and he who will prepare a place for you and I to live
                    in heaven.        

Verse three - And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again, and receive you unto myself; that where I am,
    there ye may be also.
    
    [A]  What does this verse say to you?
    
    [B]  What is the promise that Jesus gave?
            [1]  He is preparing a place for us
            [2]  He will come again
            [3]  The reason he will come is to receive us unto himself
            [4]  We will dwell with him in heaven.

Verse four - And whither I go ye know, and the way ye know.
    
    [A]  What was Jesus referring to in this verse?
            [1]  Going to heaven
    
    [B]  How were they to know the way?
            [1]  He had been teaching them the way the whole time he was with them

Verse five - Thomas saith unto him, Lord, we know not whither thou goest; and how can we know the way?
    
    [A]  Like so man of us, Thomas did not understand what Jesus was talking about
    
    [B]  It’s easy for us to understand what he was teaching them because we know, as Paul Harvey says, the rest of
            the story
    
    [C]  Thomas was confused as to where Jesus was going, so how could he know the way to get there?

Verse six - Jesus saith unto him, I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me.
    
    [A]  Jesus said I am the way -
            [1]  What can you say about this statement?
            [2]  How can he be the only way to heaven?
            [3]  How about all the other religions in the world who do not believe in Jesus?
            [4]  How about all those people who live wonderful lives, who never lie, cheat or steal, yet never accept
                    Jesus or the free gift or eternal live he has for them?
    
    [B]  Jesus said, I am the truth
            [1]  What does he mean by this statement?
            [2]  There are religions in the world much older than Christianity, is there no truth in them?
    
    [C]  Jesus said I am the life
            [1]  What does he mean by this?
            [2]  Are we not alive now?
            [3]  Is there no way to have eternal live except through him?
    
    [D] Jesus said, no man cometh unto the Father, but by me.
            [1]  What does this say about other beliefs?        
            [2]  How can we come to the father through him?

John 14:7-12
    7.   If ye had known me, ye should have known my Father also: and from henceforth ye know him,
          and have seen him.
    8.   Philip saith unto him, Lord, shew us the Father, and it sufficeth us.
    9.   Jesus saith unto him, have I been so long time with you, and yet hast thou not known me, Philip?
          he that hath seen me hath seen the Father; and how sayest thou then, Shew us the Father?
    10. Believest thou not that I am in the Father, and the Father in me? the words that I speak unto you I
          speak not of myself: but the Father that dwelleth in me, he doeth the works.
    11. Believe me that I am in the Father, and the Father in me: or else believe me for the very works'
          sake.
    12. Verily, verily, I say unto you, He that believeth on me, the works that I do shall he do also; and
          greater works than these shall he do; because I go unto my Father.

    [A]  Sometimes it seems that Jesus was ridiculing his disciples. It seems that the things he said would have made
            them feel bad. This is one of those cases
            [1]  If you had known me
                    [a]  It almost seems that Jesus was telling the disciples that they knew nothing about him
                    [b]  It almost seems that he was saying that they weren’t even his disciples
                    [c]  What he was actually saying was that they did not fully understand what was going on, and they did
                            not have a full understanding of his character and design yet.
            [2]  If you had known me, you would have known the Father
                    [a]  What did Jesus mean by this statement?
                    [b]  How can you know the father by knowing the son?
            [3]  Jesus said that they had seen the father
                    [a]  When had any of them been into heaven?
                    [b]  How had the seen the father?

Verse eight - Philip saith unto him, Lord, shew us the Father, and it sufficeth us.
    
    [A]  Phillip just could not understand the principle Jesus laid out to him
    
    [B]  Jesus’ earthly father was dead yet he was talking about seeing the father
    
    [C]  God the Father was in heaven yet Jesus said they had seen him
    
    [D]  Phillips reasoning was, if we have seen him, show him to us again so that we can understand what you are
            talking about

Verse nine - Jesus saith unto him, have I been so long time with you, and yet hast thou not known me, Philip? he that
    hath seen me hath seen the Father; and how sayest thou then, Shew us the Father?
    
    [A]  Here again is yet another of those times when it would appear that Jesus is reprimanding one of his disciples.
    
    [B How can you ask me such a thing after being with me for such a long time?

Verse ten - Believest thou not that I am in the Father, and the Father in me? the words that I speak unto you I speak
    not of myself: but the Father that dwelleth in me, he doeth the works.

    [A]  I am in the Father, and the Father is in me
            [1]  Herein lies the truth in what Jesus was teaching the disciples
            [2]  The father was in him, and he was in the father
            [3]  That same principle is in us as well, if we are a follower of Jesus
                    [a]  Jesus is in us, he came to dwell in us the moment we accepted him as our savior - he came in the
                            form of the Holy Spirit
                    [b] If you remember, it was at the time Jesus was baptized that the Holy Spirit descended upon him, it
                            was in the form of a dove
                    [c]  Jesus was constantly talking to and having fellowship with the father, he was into God, and strived
                            to remain that way                 
                    [d]  As a Christian, we are to be into God, and into Christ, having fellowship with him and drawing nigh
                            to him more and more with each passing day
    
    [B]  The words that Jesus spoke were not his words, they were the words of the father that he gave Jesus to speak
            [1]  The words we speak about God and the things of God, should be the words that Jesus gives us through
                    the written word and by the inspiration of his Holy Spirit        
            [2]  Anything spoken about God, and the things of God, that are not divinely inspired  should not be spoken

Verses eleven and twelve        
    
    [A]  Jesus said one could believe in him for what he said, or because of what he did, either one, basically both
            would lead to the very same end.
    
    [B] In verse eleven we find yet another promise.  
            [1]  Those who believe in him will do the same works that he did, and even greater
            [2]  The question I have for you is this - We believe in Jesus, and in the works that he did.
                    [a]  Why do we not do the same things he did?
                    [b]  Why do we see so few miracles taking place?
                    [c]  Did Jesus lie when he made this statement?