St. John 14: 1 – 14; Acts 2: 22 – 36

May 1, 2022

Let not your heart be troubled: ye 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 unto myself; that where I am, there ye may be also.

4 And whither I go ye know, and the way ye know.

5 Thomas saith unto him, Lord, we know not whither thou goest; and how can we know the way?

6 Jesus saith unto him, I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me.

7 If ye had known me, ye should have known my Father also: and from henceforth ye know him, and have seen him.

8 Philip saith unto him, Lord, shew us the Father, and it sufficeth us.

9 Jesus saith unto him, Have I been so long time with you, and yet hast thou not known me, Philip? he that hath seen me hath seen the Father; and how sayest thou then, Shew us the Father?

10 Believest thou not that I am in the Father, and the Father in me? the words that I speak unto you I speak not of myself: but the Father that dwelleth in me, he doeth the works.

11 Believe me that I am in the Father, and the Father in me: or else believe me for the very works’ sake.

12 Verily, verily, I say unto you, He that believeth on me, the works that I do shall he do also; and greater works than these shall he do; because I go unto my Father.

13 And whatsoever ye shall ask in my name, that will I do, that the Father may be glorified in the Son.

14 If ye shall ask any thing in my name, I will do it.

Because of limited space, when there are two readings suggested for a day, I read them both and then decide which verses we’ll look at. But it occurred to me this morning, I can bring both readings before us without taxing your patience too much or pushing the limits of the blog parameters. With that in mind, I’m also adding to this post these verses from Acts from the above citation:

This Jesus hath God raised up, whereof we all are witnesses. 33 Therefore being by the right hand of God exalted, and having received of the Father the promise of the Holy Ghost, he hath shed forth this, which ye now see and hear. 34 For David is not ascended into the heavens: but he saith himself, The LORD said unto my Lord, Sit thou on my right hand, 35 Until I make thy foes thy footstool. 36 Therefore let all the house of Israel know assuredly, that God hath made that same Jesus, whom ye have crucified, both Lord and Christ.

There is such great comfort in the words found in the verses from St. John – we take rest in those words of our Lord; we have faith in them; we trust in both the Lord and His words. He has never lied to us – if there were a lie in this, it would have been discovered long ago considering the theologians and language masters that have studied the Man and His words since the words were committed to paper, and even before then. The verses from Acts buttress those things Jesus speaks of in the St. John verses and the verses prove each other.

“If you have seen Me, you have seen the Father. If you believe in Him, believe also in Me.” We do, Lord; we surely do.

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