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Jesus is the Way, the Truth, and the Life

Posted in John, John 14

John 14:1-6

Jesus is the Way, the Truth, and the Life

Prepared by Dr. John E. Marshall

Sir Walter Scott, when dying, said to his son-in-law, “Lockhart, read to me.” Lockhart asked, “What book?” “Why do you ask? There is but one book, the Bible.” Scott then asked his son-in-law to read from John 14, the comfort chapter, the Psalm 23 of the New Testament. From its first words, John 14 speaks peace.

John 14:1-2 (Holman) “Your heart must not be troubled. Believe in God; believe also in Me. In My Father’s house are many dwelling places; if not, I would have told you. I am going away to prepare a place for you.”

Jesus wanted the disciples to enjoy peace, to not dwell on things that would disturb them emotionally, especially regarding their everlasting destiny.

By calling Heaven “My Father’s House,” Jesus added to it a lovely, gentle touch. We often think of Heaven primarily as golden streets, beautiful buildings, pearly gates, etc. To Jesus it was home, the place lit by the light of Dad’s smile.

“My Father’s House” softened for us the blow of death. This phrase let our race for the first time in recorded history dare to think of death as a homecoming.

Death is no more an ending than a beginning; no more a leaving than a coming home. We will feel at home in Heaven, and be able to relax. Bad tempers, crabby dispositions, tensions, fears o

Jesus is the Servant Leader

Posted in John, John 13

John 13:10-16

Jesus is the Servant Leader

Prepared by Dr. John E. Marshall

Peter, seeing a slave’s task as beneath the dignity of Messiah, was horrified at seeing Jesus wash feet. Once convinced otherwise, Peter was not content doing it halfway, and impulsively said, “Also my hands and my head” (John 13:9).

A first mark of discipleship is humble self-surrender. We must let God do to us what He deems best. We must trust He knows and does what is good for us. Always believe, if we knew what God knows we would gladly do what God does.

Jesus said Peter, though he did not understand now, later would (John 13:7b). Trust the Lord. Flavel said, “God’s providences, like the Hebrew letters, are often to be read backwards.” If we submit to God’s will, we shall in due time know the “why” of His dealings. It may not come in this life, but will someday.

When Peter reversed himself, and asked Jesus to wash his hands and head in addition to his feet, Jesus returned to using this foot-washing as a teaching event.

John 13:10a (Holman) “One who has bathed,” Jesus told him, “doesn’t need to wash anything except his feet, but he is completely clean.”

This foot-washing pictured the need for spiritual cleansing. To illustrate this, Jesus used an event of everyday life. After a person bathed their whole body, they for a while only needed to wash off dust tha