“THE GOSPEL OF JOHN”
LESSON THIRTY-FIVE

John 14:21-26
    21. He that hath my commandments, and keepeth them, he it is that loveth me: and he that loveth me shall be
          loved of my Father, and I will love him, and will manifest myself to him.
    22. Judas saith unto him, not Iscariot, Lord, how is it that thou wilt manifest thyself unto us, and not  unto the
          world?
    23. Jesus answered and said unto him, If a man love me, he will keep my words: and my Father will love him,
          and we will come unto him, and make our abode with him.
    24. He that loveth me not keepeth not my sayings: and the word which ye hear is not mine, but the Father's
          which sent me.
    25. These things have I spoken unto you, being yet present with you.
    26. But the Comforter, which is the Holy Ghost, whom the Father will send in my name, he shall teach you all
          things, and bring all things to your remembrance, whatsoever I have said unto you.

Verse twenty-one - He that hath my commandments, and keepeth them, he it is that loveth me: and he that loveth
    me shall be loved of my Father, and I will love him, and will manifest myself to him.
    
    [A]   He that hath my commandments
            [1]  We talked a little last time about having Christ Commandments
            [2]  In verse fifteen, Jesus said, If you love me, Keep my commandments
    
    [B]  Questions
            [1]  What does it mean, to have his commandments?
            [2]  Is there a difference between knowing and having?
    
    [C]  He that keepeth his commandments
            [1]  Notice that Jesus is referring to the person who not only knows his commandments but one who obeys
                    them                
    
    [D]  He that hath his commandments and keeps them is he that loves him
            [1]  Keeping the commandments of Jesus is not difficult if you love him, because of your desire to please
                    him in all that you do.
    
    [E]  He that loveth me, shall be loved of the Father
            [1]  Those who love Jesus and keep his commandments will be loved by the Father
            [2]  Those who are saved and Love Christ, will be given eternal life and God will honor them in heaven
                    because of his son.
    
    [F]  To those who keep his commandments, Christ will manifest himself to them.
            [1]  What does this mean?
            [2]  That is exactly what Judas, asked Jesus in verse twenty-two

Verse twenty-two - Judas saith unto him, not Iscariot, Lord, how is it that thou wilt manifest thyself unto us, and not
    unto the world?
    
    [A]  Notice the distinction between this disciple named Judas and the other, the one who betrayed Jesus
    
    [B]  Judas asked Jesus how he would manifest himself to them, and not to the world

Verses twenty-three and four -  Jesus answered and said unto him, If a man love me, he will keep my words: and
    my Father will love him, and we will come unto him, and make our abode with him. He that loveth me not
    keepeth not my sayings: and the word which ye hear is not mine, but the Father's which sent me.
    
    [A]  In answer to Judas’ question, Jesus replied
            [1]  If a man loves me he will keep my words
                    [a]  What does this mean?
            [2]  If he keeps my words, the Father will love him
                    [a]  What does this imply?
            [3] If  the Father loves him, God the Father and God the Son will come and abide with him.
                    [a]  How can this be?
                    [b]  Where do they abide?
    
    [B]  Those who do not do the will of God, and the teaching of Jesus, does not love him
            [1]  The proof of our love for Jesus, is whether or not we do his will and obey his commandments
            [2]  Those who follow self instead of following the teaching of Jesus do not have the Father living in them,
            [3]  So then, one can say that the proof of one’s salvation rest in their obedience to the teaching of Jesus.
                    This is contrary to the teaching of only believing in Jesus, for even Satan believes in Jesus. Believing
                    in him and following his teaching are both necessary to inherit eternal life. Unless one loves Christ,
                    and does his will which is to obey his words, they are no better than Satan who believes in Jesus, but
                    refused to obey him, therefore they too will be eternally lost.                            

    [C]  Jesus said the words he spoke were not his, but the Father’s who sent him.
            [1]  This makes his words binding, because they were not the words of a mere man, instead they were the  
                    words of Almighty God.
            [2]  They were not words from the heart of a man, they were words that were from the heart of God
            [3]  There is much power in Thus saith the Lord - The words of God hold all the power of the universe, yet
                    there are many today who refuse to adhere to his words.                        
                    [a]  What has happened to the power behind Thus Saith the Lord?
                    [b]  Why do people fail to listen to his teaching and follow it?
                    [c]  What is it going to take to make man turn back to God and follow his will?

Verse twenty-six - But the Comforter, which is the Holy Ghost, whom the Father will send in my name, he shall
    teach you all things, and bring all things to your remembrance, whatsoever I have said unto you
    
    [A]   Here we find yet another purpose of the Holy Spirit - To the Disciples
            [1]  He will bring all things to your remembrance
            [2]  He would show the disciples what Jesus meant by the words he said
            [3]  He would make them remember what Jesus told them
    
    [B]  For you and I
            [1]  He does the same things for you and I
            [2]  He show us what the scriptures mean
            [3]  He makes us remember what we have read
            [4]  He convicts us when were are wrong
            [5]  He tells us when we do right

John 14:27
    27. Peace I leave with you, my peace I give unto you: not as the world giveth, give I unto you. Let not your
          heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid.

    [A]  Peace I leave with you.
            [1]  This was a common form of benediction among the Jews.
                    [a] When they were parting they would offer the words, Peace I leave with you.
                    [b]  To the Jews, what it amounted to was an empty blessing, similar to our saying have a good day.
            [2]  When Jesus offered this benediction to his disciples, it was much more than an empty benediction, for
                    he was about to be put on trial, and put to death, and  he wanted to leave his peace with them during
                    this terrible time of trouble that was about to take place                         

    [B]  My peace I give you.
            [1]  The peace of Jesus is a peace that is different than any other peace in the world

    [C] Not as the world giveth
            [1]  What is the peace that the world gives
                    [a]  This is a peace with the absence of war
                    [b]  This is a peace with the absence of troubles and hardship
            [2]  What is the difference between the peace that Christ gives and the peace that the world gives?
                    [a]  There will always be problems in the world, always be wars and rumors of war                
                    [b]  There will always be troubles and hardships, especially for the followers of Christ
                    [c]  The peace that Christ gives, is a peace in the heart and in the soul
                    [d]  His peace is one that we have even while we are among the troubles of the world, and among the
                            trials of life.
                    [e]  His peace is a peace where we can find peace during the storms, peace in the wars that rage
                            and peace irregardless of whatever situation we find ourselves in.        

    [D]  It is a peace like David described in Psalms twenty-three
            1.   The Lord is my shepherd; I shall not want.
            2.   He maketh me to lie down in green pastures: he leadeth me beside the still waters.
            3.   He restoreth my soul: he leadeth me in the paths of righteousness for his name's sake.
            4.   Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil: for thou art with me; thy
                  rod and thy staff they comfort me.
            5.   Thou preparest a table before me in the presence of mine enemies: thou anointest my head with oil;
                  my cup Runneth over.
            6.   Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life: and I will dwell in the house of the
                  Lord for ever.

John 14:28-31
    28. Ye have heard how I said unto you, I go away, and come again unto you. If ye loved me, ye would rejoice,
          because I said, I go unto the Father: for my Father is greater than I.
    29. And now I have told you before it come to pass, that, when it is come to pass, ye might believe.
    30. Hereafter I will not talk much with you: for the prince of this world cometh, and hath nothing in me .
    31. But that the world may know that I love the Father; and as the Father gave me commandment, even so I do.
          Arise, let us go hence.

Verse twenty-eight
    [A]  Jesus reminded his disciples how he had told them he was going away
    
    [B]  Then he told them, if they loved him, they would rejoice because he was going to the Father
    
    [C]  Death is one of those things that many of us fear -
            [1]  We have a fear of what will take place
            [2]  We have a fear of what awaits us
            [3]  We have a fear of the pain and suffering that leads up to our death
            [4]  We fear the pain we will leave our families and friends
    
    [D] Jesus was about to face the greatest pain, and the worst agony one can imaging - he was about to be put
            on trial, beaten, crucified and tormented falsely, for the sake of all mankind, yet he did not fear what was
            going to happen to him.
            [1]  Why didn’t he fear?
            [2]  Why was he able to face such a terrible death?
            [3]  What was the factor that made his dying tolerable to him?
            [4]  The answer to all of these questions was he was going home to be with God.
    
    [E]  Jesus told his disciples that if they loved him, they would rejoice that he was going away -  rejoice because
            he was dying?
            [1]  Why would he want them to rejoice?
            [2]  Should they not be sad because he was gone?
            [3]  Is not death a time of weeping and sorrow?
            [4]  Why them should the disciples rejoice?
                    [a]  Jesus was going to his father in heaven
                    [b]  His work was done
                    [c]  If he went to the father, and if they loved him, he and the father would  come and abide in them
                    [d]  When he returned to the Father he would send the Holy Spirit                         
    [F]  There is noting more painful to us than seeing a loved one suffer and die. Their passing leaves a hole in
            our heart that never seems to be filled. Yet, when we know that they, like Jesus are going to a better
            place, to be with Jesus, to be with God the father in heaven, we can find a little comfort. We can rejoice
            that they are in heaven, but yet the pain remains, therefore we need to seek the comforter, and place our  
            faith and trust in him, in order to find rest. At these times, the only peace we can have is the peace that    
            Jesus gives us, for the peace of the world will not suffice. Only Christ can ease the pain and heal the hurt,
            and even then, we find ourselves questioning God and wondering why our loved one had to leave us. I
            guess the best answer I can give you, is if they are a Christian, they went home to be with Jesus, to
            receive their rewards in heaven, where they await our joining them someday.
    [G]  Jesus was the first fruit of the resurrection, the first to go to the father in heaven. When he died and arose
            again, he moved paradise from wherever it was, across the gulf from hell that Jesus spoke of in the
            parable of the rich man and Lazarus, and moved it to heaven where he now abides sitting on the right
            hand of the Father. He was the first to go to the Father, but now, all who believe in Jesus and follow him
            goes to the Father as well, where they will dwell in the presence of God for all eternity. This my friends     
            is worth rejoicing about, worth praising God over. Some day, we too will be in the presence of God, and
            we too will begin our life eternal in heaven with Jesus        

Verse Twenty-nine
    [A]  Jesus told his disciples that the things he told them would all come to pass,
    
    [B]  The reason he told them was so they would believe what he said, and with the Holy Spirit living in them,
            they would have perfect understanding and be able to comprehend what  he had said and see the
            fulfillment of thing he told them.        

Verse thirty - Hereafter I will not talk much with you: for the prince of this world cometh, and hath nothing in me .
    
    [A]  Jesus’ time is growing short.
    
    [B]  The time of his death is approaching
    
    [C]  From that time on, even after he was resurrected, he would speak very little to them,
    
    [D]  After he ascended back to heaven communication between Christ and his followers would be through the
            Holy Spirit and not in person
    
    [E] The Prince of the World cometh
            [1]  Who is the prince of the World?
            [2] The prince of this world is Satan
                    [a] Satan is the ruler of the world, and everything in it,
                    [b] We are to be in the world, but not of the world.
                    [c] Our heart is to be on Jesus and the things of God, instead of being upon the things of the world
    
    [F]  Satan, through the hands of Judas, was about to betray Jesus. If you remember, at the supper with Jesus,
            Satan entered into Judas and Judas went out to betray Jesus.        
            [1]  Satan is not all knowing like God
            [2]  He is not omnipresent (everywhere) like God.
            [3]  He is not omnipotent (all powerful) like God
            [4]  Satan is nothing more than a created angel like all the other angels in heaven, with the exception that
                    he tried to take over heaven and rule in the place of God,  
            [5]  Neither did Satan have understanding of what God was doing - therefore when he entered into the
                    hearts of the men of Israel and they put him to death, he had no idea that Jesus would arise form the
                    dead and bring salvation to man through his death
            [6]  Furthermore, Satan did not understand that Jesus was giving his life, instead Satan                         
                    thought that he was taking it, and by doing so, he would be in control - after all, if he could kill God,
                    them he could rule over man        

Verse thirty-one - But that the world may know that I love the Father; and as the Father gave me  commandment,
    even so I do. Arise, let us go hence.
    
    [A]  To show his love for God the Father and the Father’s love for him, Jesus was willing to do what the father
            commanded him to do, and that was to suffer and die on the cross for the sins of all mankind.
    
    [B]  I don’t know about you, but I am sure glad that he did, for without his sacrificial death on the cross, I would
            be lost and doomed to hell,
    
    [C]  Without his death and resurrection, Satan would be in power over all the earth
    
    [D]  Without his sacrifice, man would have no hope, and nothing to cling too
    
    [E]  Without his doing what he did, we would have to fear death, and the afterlife
    
    [F]  Because of Jesus, we have hope, we have trust and we have the Holy Spirit with us all the time to lead,
            direct and guide us.