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This month we are going to look at Lessons from the Upper Room

Today we are discussing Upper Room Lessons on Jesus’ Promises.

Text

John 14:10 (AMP)

10 Do you not believe that I am in the Father, and the Father is in Me? The words I say to you I do not say on My own initiative or authority, but the Father, abiding continually in Me, does His works [His attesting miracles and acts of power].

Scripture Reading

John 14:7-31 (AMP)

Prayer

Lord we thank you for fulfilling the promise that we would have the living presence of Jesus in our daily walks in life.

As we give our offerings today, we pray for those who serve on the mission fields of the world.

Help us to be faithful in our living, in our giving, and in our witnessing.

In Jesus name we pray.

Amen.

Introduction

Jesus  had been preparing the disciples for His imminent departure, and He told them why He was going, to prepare a place for them.

John 14:2 (AMP)

2 In My Father’s house are many dwelling places. If it were not so, I would have told you, because I am going there to prepare a place for you.

His assurance of coming back for them calmed their hearts, but at the same time they wondered how they would cope in His absence.

Every day Jesus had been with them answering their questions, directing their thoughts, settling their arguments, and strengthening them by His presence.

Now He would be leaving them.

They would be like helpless orphans.

As a partial explanation, Jesus told His disciples in John 14:4 (AMP),

4 And [to the place] where I am going, you know the way.”

But Thomas asked in John 14:5 (AMP)

5 Thomas said to Him, “Lord, we do not know where You are going; so how can we know the way?”

Jesus gave a more complete answer, which contains many promises.

  1. The promise of knowing the Father through Jesus.

John 14:5-11 (AMP)

5 Thomas said to Him, “Lord, we do not know where You are going; so how can we know the way?” 

6 Jesus said to him, “I am the [only] Way [to God] and the [real] Truth and the [real] Life; no one comes to the Father but through Me.

Jesus’ Oneness with the Father

7 If you had [really] known Me, you would also have known My Father. From now on you know Him, and have seen Him.”

8 Philip said to Him, “Lord, show us the Father and then we will be satisfied.” 

9 Jesus said to him, “Have I been with you for so long a time, and you do not know Me yet, Philip, nor recognize clearly who I am? Anyone who has seen Me has seen the Father. How can you say, ‘Show us the Father?’ 

10 Do you not believe that I am in the Father, and the Father is in Me? The words I say to you I do not say on My own initiative or authority, but the Father, abiding continually in Me, does His works [His attesting miracles and acts of power]. 

11 Believe Me that I am in the Father and the Father is in Me; otherwise believe [Me] because of the [very] works themselves [which you have witnessed].

If you know Jesus, you know God.

The knowledge of Jesus that stops with the man and the martyr, the teacher and the brother, is only partial knowledge of Him.

In Jesus we see the Father.

We have all seen little boys that look, walk, and talk like their fathers.

What do you say about them?

You would probably say they are a spitting image of their father.

To see Jesus is to see the Father.

If you want to know how God gels about fallen humanity, see Jesus as He talked with the woman at the well.

If you want to know how God feels about those who are sick and suffering, see Jesus healing the blind, the crippled, and the leper.

If you want to know how God feels about grief, see Jesus at the tomb of Lazarus.

If you want to know how God feels about children, listen to Jesus say in Luke 18:16 (AMP)

16 But Jesus called them to Himself, saying [to the apostles], “Allow the children to come to Me, and do not forbid them, for the kingdom of God belongs to such as these.

If you want to know how God feels about sinners, see Jesus dealing with Zacchaeus in Luke 19:1-10.

2. The promise of greater works.

John 14:12-14 (AMP)

12 I assure you and most solemnly say to you, anyone who believes in Me [as Savior] will also do the things that I do; and he will do even greater things than these [in extent and outreach], because I am going to the Father. 

13 And I will do whatever you ask in My name [as My representative], this I will do, so that the Father may be glorified and celebrated in the Son. 

14 If you ask Me anything in My name [as My representative], I will do it.

The disciples had seen Jesus do many miracles works, but He encouraged them by saying that they would even do greater works.

Did they?

Yes, look at what happened on the day of Pentecost.

Jesus wanted them to know that His power would reside in them.

3. The promise of a helper, the Holy Spirit.

John 14:15-24 (AMP)

15 “If you [really] love Me, you will keep and obey My commandments.

Role of the Spirit

16 And I will ask the Father, and He will give you another [a]Helper (Comforter, Advocate, Intercessor—Counselor, Strengthener, Standby), to be with you forever— 

17 the Spirit of Truth, whom the world cannot receive [and take to its heart] because it does not see Him or know Him, but you know Him because He (the Holy Spirit) remains with you continually and will be in you.

18 “I will not leave you as orphans [comfortless, bereaved, and helpless]; I will come [back] to you. 

19 After a little while the world will no longer see Me, but you will see Me; because I live, you will live also. 

20 On that day [when that time comes] you will know for yourselves that I am in My Father, and you are in Me, and I am in you. 

21 The person who has My commandments and keeps them is the one who [really] loves Me; and whoever [really] loves Me will be loved by My Father, and I will love him and reveal Myself to him [I will make Myself real to him].” 

22 Judas (not Iscariot) asked Him, “Lord, what has happened that You are going to reveal Yourself to us and not to the world?” 

23 Jesus answered, “If anyone [really] loves Me, he will keep My word (teaching); and My Father will love him, and We will come to him and make Our dwelling place with him. 

24 One who does not [really] love Me does not keep My words. And the word (teaching) which you hear is not Mine, but is the Father’s who sent Me.

Jesus promised not to leave the disciples as helpless orphans.

He promised that through the spirit He would come to them.

He promised them an abiding presence that would bring love and obedience. (Acts 1-3, 1 Corinthians 3:16-17)

4. The promise of a helper, The Holy Spirit.

John 14:25-26 (AMP)

25 “I have told you these things while I am still with you. 

26 But the Helper (Comforter, Advocate, Intercessor—Counselor, Strengthener, Standby), the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in My name [in My place, to represent Me and act on My behalf], He will teach you all things. And He will help you remember everything that I have told you.

Jesus promised the Holy Spirit as the advocate in verse 26.

An advocate is one who is summoned. To assist someone in a court of law.

The Advocate was to be Christ’s representative, in His place.

He would guide the disciples into truth and help them recall everything Jesus had told them.

During the events that unfolded in the lives of the apostles, they did remember the words that Jesus had spoken to them before His crucifixion, and they understood them in a new light.

5. The promise of peace.

John 14:27-31 (AMP)

27 Peace I leave with you; My [perfect] peace I give to you; not as the world gives do I give to you. Do not let your heart be troubled, nor let it be afraid. [Let My perfect peace calm you in every circumstance and give you courage and strength for every challenge.] 

28 You heard Me tell you, ‘I am going away, and I am coming back to you.’ If you [really] loved Me, you would have rejoiced, because I am going [back] to the Father, for [a]the Father is greater than I. 

29 I have told you now before it happens, so that when it does take place, you may believe and have faith [in Me]. 

30 I will not speak with you much longer, for the ruler of the world (Satan) is coming. And he has no claim on Me [no power over Me nor anything that he can use against Me]; 

31 but so that the world may know [without any doubt] that I love the Father, I do exactly as the Father has commanded Me [and act in full agreement with Him]. Get up, let us go from here.

Jesus did not promise His disciples that their lives would be easy.

The peace Jesus promised was a triumphant overcoming of difficulties and problems.

The world thinks of peace as being where there is no pain or sorrow, a peace of escape.

The peace Jesus gives is Shalom, which means everything that makes for our highest good.

It is a peace that is independent of outward circumstances.

We as born again believers are never alone, the Holy Spirit is always with us.

The abiding presence of Jesus in your life brings peace.

Conclusion.

Today by faith you can have the promises that Jesus made to the disciples in the upper room.

Until next time

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