John 13:36-14:7 Jesus the only way to the Father – Part 5

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The last multiple variable in the scripture is in verse 7. The sentence reads like this: “If you have (known or knew) me you (would, should, or will) (know or knew) my father.” This issue is based around the interpretation of the tense of the word combinations used. While this seems to be a little issue at the surface, it has some serious implications. Jesus is saying that He had revealed the Father to Thomas properly, within himself. This passage states that the apostles did not truly know who he was. If the apostles knew who he truly was they would have realized that they knew the Father as well (Kruse, 294).

issue at the surface, it has some serious implications. Jesus is saying that He had revealed the Father to Thomas properly, within himself. This passage states that the apostles did not truly know who he was. If the apostles knew who he truly was they would have realized that they knew the Father as well (Kruse, 294).

Tenney has suggested that the scripture passage could have better clarity by writing “If you had attained a realization of who I am, you will know my father also” (Tenney, 144). Thomas was overwhelmed and confused by what Jesus was trying to tell the apostles which appears to be the trigger for his question (Tenney, 144). Jesus clarifies God and His relationship to Him by saying that no one comes through the father except through him. Jesus is the only one who could bring people to God because he has seen God; he shares the very life of God, and is the person who has dealt with sin to bring the people to a Holy God (Kruse, 294).

Conclusion

Summation

In verses 13:36-38, Peter and Jesus had dialogue about Peter following Jesus wherever he was going. Jesus knew where he was going, he also knew that Peter, although zealous for Christ was not ready to accept the silent walk to Calvary that Jesus was going to take. Peter was also not ready to follow Christ to God the Father. Jesus told Peter it would be some time latter that he would follow Jesus. Peter, not understanding what Jesus was trying to say stated that he would follow him anywhere. Peter in his own self-righteous mind became overconfident in his actions, when it came to Jesus. Jesus gave Peter a reality check when he said before the rooster crows you will have denied me three times.

In John 14:1-4 Jesus tries to comfort the disciples as well as answer Peter’s question. Jesus assures the apostles to have faith in Jesus. Jesus clearly states he is going home to his father’s house to prepare a place for the disciples. The place that Jesus is preparing for his disciples is a permanent place, not a temporary resting place, but permanent residence in God the fathers house. Tenney as well as Kruse indicate that we should not interpret these verses as literal mansions or rooms but as room or a spot for them. Jesus was also letting his disciples know that there was going to be a separation but that separation would not be permanent, only temporary.

In John 14:5-7, Thomas remains confused even though Jesus has already answered Peter’s question of where He is going. Jesus clarifies where He is going by clarifying His relationship with God. Jesus further states that the only way of salvation is thru belief in Him. The apostles had all the information but could not understand what Jesus was trying to tell them.

Application

The first three verses of our text John 13:36-38 shows us that, like Peter there may be some things that we are not ready for. We may think that we are able to accomplish the task whatever it is but in all actuality we are not. Jesus knew that Peter was not ready to go home with him. Much in the same way we must continually train and prepare for our going home to the Lord. We must remain vigilant and not become overconfident because our faith will be tested. In that time of being tested will we stand tall and strong professing our faith or will we deny our faith at that critical moment. Like Peter God will not give us a task we are not ready for.

In the verses 14:1-4 Jesus gives his apostles comfort. We should be comforted in the fact that Jesus not only made a place for his disciples but has made a place for us as well. We are currently separated from the Lord, for he is in heaven and we are on earth. Our earthly stay is temporary when we die we will join our Lord in heaven. Our faith in Christ as well as our faith in God our father is the key to everlasting life. Faith is what will bring us home to dwell with both our Father and His Son Jesus Christ. Deep down in our hearts we know the path that leads to Jesus it is our job to accept that path and follow it. Jesus and his teachings is that path.

Our last 3 verses John 14:5-7 is about Thomas’s question. Everyone from time to time feels lost and confused. Thomas the apostle was no different. Jesus just finished explaining about their temporary separation and that they knew the way to where he was going. Maybe Thomas was looking for the path to Jesus in worldly terms like many of us. It is possible that after Thomas hearing that Peter was going to deny knowing Jesus that his world was just turned up side down. Jesus took the time to explain the way of salvation to Thomas. Jesus is the way, the truth and the life. Believing in Jesus is the only path to God the Father. There are not multiple paths, just one. Our works and deeds can not save us only Christ can. It is every Man, Woman, and child’s jobs to learn who Jesus is, accept Him as our Lord and Savior, and follow His teachings so that when it is our day and our hour we are accepted as His child into His Father’s house. Like the disciples were.

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Laymon, Charles M., The Interpreters One-Volume Commentary on the Bible.

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Tenney, Merrill C., and Richard N. Longnecker. The Expositors Bible Commentary John and

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Click any of the links below to read the other parts in the “John 13:36-14:7 Jesus the only way to the Father” series:

John 13:36-14:7 Jesus the only way to the Father Part 1
John 13:36-14:7 Jesus the only way to the Father Part 2
John 13:36-14:7 Jesus the only way to the Father Part 3
John 13:36-14:7 Jesus the only way to the Father Part 4
John 13:36-14:7 Jesus the only way to the Father Part 5

 

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