Many ministers have used John 14 to comfort and encourage parishioners during the loss of a loved one. And for good reason it contains promises that will encourage a broken heart.
I Will Come Back for You: vv. 1-3
Do not let your hearts be troubled. Trust in God; trust also in me. 2In my Father’s house are many rooms; if it were not so, I would have told you. I am going there to prepare a place for you. 3And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come back and take you to be with me that you also may be where I am.
1. It gives us purpose . Jeremiah 29:11
2. It gives us assurance . 1 John 5:11-12
3. It gives us life . John 10:10
Jesus said to her, I am the resurrection and the life. He who believes in me will live, even though he dies; and whoever lives and believes in me will never die. Do you believe this? (John 11:25-26).
I Will Answer Your Cry for Help: vv. 4-14
You know the way to the place where I am going.
5Thomas said to him, Lord, we don’t know where you are going, so how can we know the way?
6Jesus answered, I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me. If you really knew me, you would know my Father as well. From now on, you do know him and have seen him.
8Philip said, Lord, show us the Father and that will be enough for us.
9Jesus answered: Don’t you know me, Philip, even after I have been among you such a long time? Anyone who has seen me has seen the Father. How can you say, Show us the
Father? 10Don’t you believe that I am in the Father, and that the Father is in me? The words I say to you are not just my own. Rather, it is the Father, living in me, who is doing his work. 11Believe me when I say that I am in the Father and the Father is in me; or at least believe on the evidence of the miracles themselves. 12I tell you the truth, anyone who has faith in me will do what I have been doing. He will do even greater things than these, because I am going to the Father. 13And I will do whatever you ask in my name, so that the Son may bring glory to the Father. 14You may ask me for anything in my name, and I will do it.
Four Ways God Answers Prayer:
1. No . Luke 11:28
2. Slow . James 4:7-8
3. Grow . 1 Corinthians 10:13
4. Go . John 16:13
I Will Live in You: vv. 15-17
If you love me, you will obey what I command. 16And I will ask the Father, and he will give you another Counselor to be with you forever17the Spirit of truth. The world cannot accept him, because it neither sees him nor knows him. But you know him, for he lives with you and will be in you.
1. The promise of His acceptance . 1 John 1:7
But if we walk in the light, as he is in the light, we have fellowship with one another, and the blood of Jesus, his Son, purifies us from all sin.
2. The promise of His presence . Acts 1:8
But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit comes on you; and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the ends of the earth.
3. The promise of His guidance . Matthew 4:18-19
As Jesus was walking beside the Sea of Galilee, he saw two brothers, Simon called Peter and his brother Andrew. They were casting a net into the lake, for they were fishermen. 19Come, follow me, Jesus said, and I will make you fishers of men.
4. The promise of His blessings . 2 Peter 3:13
But in keeping with his promise we are looking forward to a new heaven and a new earth, the home of righteousness.