Wednesday

01 May 2013

“Do not let your hearts be troubled. Believe in God, believe also in me … If in my name you ask me for anything, I will do it.” (vv. 1, 14)


Background

Today's passage can be entitled "Jesus the Way to the Father". It comes after Jesus shares that Peter would deny Jesus (John 13:36-38) and one of his disciples would betray Jesus to his death (John 13:21-30). This must have been a troubling conversation for the disciples. But now we can see Jesus attempting to soothe the hearts of his disciples, however, even in this they question who Jesus is and ask of more proof of his divine nature. This is one of the key passages in the Bible from which many theologians say the concept of God the Father and God the Son being one comes.

The final commandment of this passage is that "if in my name you ask for anything I will do it". This moves towards a view of the Trinity (God the Father, Son and Holy Spirit), Jesus has been sharing that he will not be around forever yet here he promises help to his followers; he promises them that they will have the same ability to be able to do his work in his name. The disciples are having a moment of doubt about all that is happening around them and what it will mean to them. They have seen the works of what Jesus has been doing and now he says he will be going.

Jesus, even though confronted with doubt of the people that are following him, still promises the disciples his power if they believe in him and continue his work. The promise that those who glorify God will have the power that Jesus commands. But even more than that if the disciples are working in the name of Jesus, then even more power will be given. Here is a giant promise for the disciples who doubted who Jesus was.


To Ponder

  • What troubles can you give to Jesus?
  • Are there times when we feel we want Jesus to prove himself to us? What were/are they? What happened?


Bible notes author: Bx Belshaw

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