A. Obviously, the one in whom we must believe is Jesus, the Son of God: Jn.
1:1, 9-13; 3:13-18
B. But what must we believe regarding Jesus?: Jn. 8:24—cf. Acts 2:36, 8:35-37, 16:30-31; Rom. 10:9-10
C. Upon what basis or evidence can we come to believe this?: Jn. 20:30-31; Rom. 1:3-4, 10:17
II. Second, He mentions a purpose, v. 2--“I go to prepare a place for you.”
A. The Father dwells in heaven (Matt. 6:9); in His house or dwelling place are many mansions or rooms that are prepared for His people: Matt. 25:31-34
B. In order to make these preparations, Jesus had to go away or ascend back to heaven: Mk. 16:14-20, Lk. 24:44-53
C. The ascension of Jesus was part of God’s eternal purpose for the ultimate redemption of mankind: Eph. 1:20-23, 3:10-11, 4:7-16
III. Third, He mentions a promise, vs. 3-4--“I will come again and receive you to Myself.”
A. Jesus Himself talked about His second coming: Matt. 24:3, 34-36ff—note v. 44
B. No sooner had Jesus ascended than angels began proclaiming His return: Acts 1:9-11
C. The rest of the New Testament is designed to help us be ready for the fulfillment of this promise: 1 Thess. 1:9-10, Tit. 2:11-14, Heb. 9:27-28, 2 Pet. 3:10-13
IV. Fourth, He mentions a plan, vs. 5-6--“I am the way, the truth, and the life.”
A. To be ready for His return, we must come to the Father, but how? Jesus is the way: Matt. 7:13-14
B. But to follow the way, we must learn it, and Jesus is also the truth: Jn. 1:14, 8:31-32 (cf. 17:17)
C. And when we know the way and follow it, we’ll find that Jesus is the life: Jn. 10:10, 27-28
Conclusion: We live in a world where there are many problems and difficulties to cause fear and anxiety in our souls. In addition, all of us will experience our own personal share of trials and sorrows in life to afflict our minds.
But Jesus says, “Let not your heart be troubled.”
If we believe in Him as God’s divine Son;
Remember His purpose to prepare a place for us;
Wait for His promise to come and receive us;
And follow His plan as the way, truth, and life…
Then He will bring us to God the Father, both now in this time and for all eternity.
The question now is, do you and I have the determination to accept Him as Savior and obey His will?
By Wayne S. Walker
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