BACKGROUND: Time and place where conversation took place: During the Last Supper, before the arrest and crucifixion of Jesus by the soldiers. In John 13:21 Jesus said one of the disciples would betray him. In verse 33 He said He was going away, to a place where the disciples could not yet go. Hence chapter 14 verse 1 where He said, “Let not your hearts be troubled.”
II. BIBLE READING
John 14:1 “Let not your heart be troubled; you 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 to Myself; that where I am, there you may be also. 4 “And where I go you know, and the way you know.” 5 Thomas said to Him, “Lord, we do not know where You are going, and how can we know the way?” 6 Jesus said to him, “I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through Me. 7 “If you had known Me, you would have known My Father also; and from now on you know Him and have seen Him.” 8 Philip said to Him, “Lord, show us the Father, and it is sufficient for us.” 9 Jesus said to him, “Have I been with you so long, and yet you have not known Me, Philip? He who has seen Me has seen the Father; so how can you say, ‘Show us the Father’? 10 “Do you not believe that I am in the Father, and the Father in Me? The words that I speak to you I do not speak on My own authority; but the Father who dwells in Me does the works. 11 “Believe Me that I am in the Father and the Father in Me, or else believe Me for the sake of the works themselves. (NKJ)
A. Heaven (vv. 1-4)
- What is the place that Jesus is referring to in v. 2?
- What is your idea of heaven? (Let several members give their idea of what they think heaven is.)
- What do we learn about heaven from this passage?
- Will we be happy the”? How do you know you will be happy them? If you do not enjoy living with Jesus here on earth; if you do not enjoy praying and “acing the Bible and worshipping Him, do you think you will be happy living with Him in heaven?
- What promise did Jesus make to His disciples in v. 3?
1. Are you happy living with Jesus he” on earth? Do you really think you will enjoy being in heaven?
2. Do you really believe Jesus is coming again? Do you look forward to His coming again? What preparations have you made for His Second Coming?
B. Jesus Is the Way, the Truth and the Life (vv. 5-6)
- Thomas was an apostle of Jesus and had been following Jesus for three full years. How was it that he still did not know where Jesus was going and the way there? Was his question answered?
a. In what way are we like Thomas?
b. In what way can we learn from Thomas?
- What did Jesus mean when He said He is the way?
Why did He not say ‘l will show you the way”?
Why did He not say ‘I am one of the ways to heaven”?
Why did He say, “No one comes to the Father except through me”?
Nowadays many people are saying that all religions are essentially the same that they lead to the same God. How do we refute this kind of statement?
- What did Jesus mean when he said He is the truth? How is this statement relevant in the light of present confusion regarding different moral standards, different ideologies, different goals, etc.?
- What did Jesus mean when He said He is the life? Are we not already alive, even without Jesus? What is “everlasting life”? If it means that we will be resurrected, does it mean non-Christians will not be resurrected? What is the difference? To understand all of this we should understand what death is. What is death?
C. Knowing God (vv. 7-11)
- Why did Jesus say, “If you know me, you know the Father”? In what way can we know God?
- How can we know for sure that Jesus’ claim that He represents the Father is authentic? (v 11 )
Has Jesus manifested Himself to me personally? Do I have a living relationship with Him?
Our Lord gives us a glorious hope. He has prepared heaven for us, and will be coming back to bring us there. He can do so because He is the way, the truth and the life.