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026 - Show Us the Father

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January 30, 2021 5:43 pm

026 - Show Us the Father

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Episode 026 - Show Us the Father (23 Jan 2021) by A Production of Main Street Church of Brigham City


You pick up your Bible and wonder, is there more here than meets the eye. Is there something here for me. I mean it's just words printed on paper right well it may look like just print on a page, but it's more than eight. Join us for the next half hour, as we explore God's word together as we learn how to explore it on our as we ask God to meet us there in its pages welcome to more than like the way where where is that what I though most of us think we have a handle on their son much your good.

I might put in a plug for wire relax form is nice and a lot of people may think about Bible study you go to what kind of unknown, like a school context.

You sit down at tables well done my lecture context.

Yeah right. Well, for me at least the most productive ways I have ever relayed with the word is when I just sat down in the big chair and I'm not in a rush to say, well, let's just see what this is an not be too overwhelmed by the scholastic and the academic burdens of the Bible, just so that's what were doing today and were not only just doing it anymore modeling for our not just reading it but talking about it formally with other people who are like-minded, who are also interested in finding out what is really say that mean to us that it does not be burdensome. Processing can be just like a joint discovery together so that's kenneling joint disc around her and just so that that you are now I, Eileen a number of women's Bible studies and the strength of those Bible studies is that we sit around a table and we do very much what were doing here and I have prepared and am leading them, but it's a very open discussion and I'm always humbled and amazed by the degree to which the women teach one another by their varied insights and their varied life experience in their varied spiritual maturity always ministers to me yeah yeah so that's a good point for the fact that if you get together some other people were you can sit down informally and just look at it and you don't have to be an expert expert help and some of us read stuff they have their place but but what were trying to communicate through how were doing this customers what more coming up with but how were doing. It is the fact that the Bible is very accessible and it's not meant just for experts but it's very accessible and I guarantee you the next time if you just sit down with the word in your lap and you ask God to show me something about yourself and what to do right now. He will well actually directly relates to this passage because one of the cheese is going to say about the Holy Spirit is that because he's in you and he indwells you and he opens your mind, your understanding of what God has said he will give you understanding the words that I spoken to you, so not alone when you are sitting quietly with the spirit of God and open to hearing his voice. He will give you understanding exactly yeah and so that's not overdue until we just encourage you to do that. Let me put one more clock starts running somewhere quicker quick thing is that we know we we get no feedback about how this is impacting your life or where it's going or if I was listening so little love to hear from you but but since were just newly into this for about six months into this. It's it would be good for us to understand where the word were hidden any bells for you. If this is valuable to you.

So the very simple thing you can do.

I'm not going to ask for money. I just know but if you go to the website. The website is more than Inc.orgis more than and it is a button up there on the top right this is contact or if you really get an email just type in contacted more than and just tell us you know should we keep doing this. I guess that's true.

The question we have loved to hear and just just a little encouragement us send a reason that we should keep on so what will keep on starting with today. So what are we today are when John today. John 1414 but as we said last week, and as we've said all along this section because this is a single conversation the night before Jesus went to the cross we need to read the whole thing so that actually is my steady principle that I would put on the B chapters 00 13 1415 1617 all our peace and so that's configuring to our conversation tonight today and going forward because just to give you an idea of the narrative overview before 13 when you get into 13 you going to the upper room with the apostles for the Passover supper Passover supper and in chapter 18 he's getting arrested in the garden so were looking at what good that the discourse that goes on between the apostles and Jesus during that time well in the question that runs in my mind always as if you knew you were to die tomorrow. What would you say tonight to the people who were the closest to you. Try to resend. Most that's a really what this conversation is so again in terms of your study skill as you come to this. I would say be have your eyes and your ears open to what is Jesus saying about himself. What is he saying about the father. What is he saying about the Holy Spirit, what is he say to the disciples about themselves and what is he say by the same means to us about ourselves and so paper handy as you read and write those things down just reduce them to your own words and make a list what is he say because we like to snatch little pieces out of this this conversation but we don't. I'm yes very famous but we don't always see them as a whole. And so that is the study skill that I would put before you as we come into this section.

Yeah if you got the time read 13 through 17 all by itself is a sit down and watch for this repeated awareness love keep my Horton things so you remember last week we start into the section Jesus wash their feet on early so we had the unusual and unexpected betrayal. Right read. We have been the announcement that Jesus broke and I met Jim going someplace you cannot come. Yikes. You know that because a lot of problem and then you got Peterson will not be unlikely to suggest you. So that's the best prelude to this, but he also sent them a new commandment. I'm giving you now one another. The way I have loved you. That's how the world is going to know that you belong to me. My disciples, so let's not talk about it first.

The first half of chapter 14 today because it's just this just to fix so that you want to start in really just one chunks of this chapter 14 verse one okay let not your hearts be troubled. Now the chapter break is awkward just said to Peter, you can deny me three times, but let not your heart go on troubled.

Believe in God believe also in me.

In my father's house are many rooms. This is the ESV dwelling places instead of places to settle down. If it were not so what I've told you that I go to prepare a place for you and if I go and prepare a place for you. I'll come again and will take you to myself, that where I am, you may be also. And you know the way where I'm going.

Should we stop glad Thomas said to the Lord we don't know where you're going.

How do we know the way. And Jesus said to him, I am the way the truth and the life. No one comes to the father except through me.

If you know me, you would have known my father also. From now on you do know him and have seen him so this is the immediate response to be troubled in heart rate believe you can come along. It's a bummer but you know that there is there are some keywords you come up here in this entire thing he mentions is the first breath that were believe believe it shows up like five times I counted here and it showed up five times in another chapter and John were familiar with and that's when Jesus sat down Nicodemus for God so loved the world that whoever believes this is the same word so and it also came up. I think we I think we mentioned this was before the John tells us later on. The purpose of right right and he says the ever alternate judge at 20 verse 31. Yes, as I'm doing this that you believe in and in and believing right you'll finally lie in his name life in his name and his name is going to come up again and again and again this evening conversation.

So Jesus sues their troubled hearts.

The key issue is believe it seems to be mentions so the issue through his whole ministry.

Do you believe that I am who I say I am and let the works that I'm doing testify to the fact that I am who I say I am so it always comes on Tuesday. Who is Jesus and Jesus is saying to get right.

Well, possum, and talk about what is believing because you can intellectually sent to something without actually leaning your weight on it and so that's probably important to believe means to lean your weight on something is better to trust and by the way this word is closely connected to the other big word we use faith if you look in the Greek they actually are one the same ones a verbal noun. So when you're facing your believing so. So really doesn't. It does strongly imply not only that you understand and accept the truth but that's right you do something that you rest your weight on that reality. Blessed are you if you do these things. So the the illustration I use all the time.

Stepping onto an airplane step OfficeJet will you do that one step onto the plane.

You are so right that you trust.

This plan is going to keep you believe this plan is because I've stepped on and buckled exactly if it was someone who says I believe flying is safe and they stop shortly. Stan read on official well I will well then you not really completing the whole idea of the trust so you informed about something or someone, and as a result you're willing to put your life in their hands and trust canopy and that's all that's all together in this belief word, believe in God believe also so is he saying here. Don't go on letting your hearts be troubled because believing me is the antidote to. That's the antidote to that continually troubled heart and that's the verb tense is here it is that kind of continuous don't go on being trouble I've told you something that's troubling you but the answer to that is to believe me because I'm coming back for you. I'm going to prepare a place for you and I'm coming back to you is that if you believe me an amazing thing that what troubles our hearts can be counteracted by our belief and trust yeah yeah not lingering in the fear and he's talking about about fear it as evening unfolds in peace and all these at and you'll recognize these little nuggets of versus what we come to them, but we don't always place them in their larger context exactly you think it looks kind of blasphemous that he says believe in God believe also in me. Isn't that a strong connection is saying that all along is nothing new here. Nothing even saying that all along because that's what he says in no way where I'm going and Thompson's hate window where you're going to thinking in terms of of them. They had been walking on the path with Jesus for these three years. He says it will where you're going this time.

Right. So how do we know the way however to tenant finish that thought they also did know where he was going to the either all right had to do was get up, allow him yeah so it's not really changed yet so nothing is different. Here's where he casts it into a whole different realm when he says I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the father but by me. So he's going to amplify that as the conversation goes on I'm going to the father.

You can't come with me now, but you will come later because he had to go there by way of the cross and also for the fact you know talk about following Jesus as opposed to following the route. That's where I Thomas's thinking roadmap. If you follow a roadmap or route.

You don't really need Jesus to tell me how I can find my way there and I find when I map I went to where the rest I start Jesus and you don't need maps just follow me and you and you got it so you know we take that that verse six out of context much on the way, the truth why to be broadened when you just say I'm the way the way the truth and the life I am the way the way was the issue here and rice gradually since I am the truth of God right I am the embodied visible representation of who God is truth in and on the life, the life of God in me in you right in John's Gospel, he said, and the Word became flesh and dwelt among us, and we saw his glory as of the only begotten of the father full of grace and truth. Grace and truth. Yet, it also makes me think the fact that I love when I'm reading the Bible. This is kind of a study technique is to always postulate the opposite of something in this particular case, I think about all the paths in life that are offered to you. You know you walk through our paths in life. Do this do that, you know, try drugs do sex all this, stop these paths that are offered to you and and they promise something but you know you if you if you actually pursue many of them you find out that these things really didn't have life and end of the road. Nor were they necessarily telling you the truth about the fact that that that the path was going to not only didn't have life. They actually lead to death to death. Yes of this is this is the contrast is interesting here.

He says I am. I am the way that the other stuff those competing things you know they they lead to death and they're lying to us the contract saying if you follow me at the end of that road and through the road to find life and their evidence and speak in straight to its truth is not lying to.

So that's just a great contrast in the fact that the you find that life in the presence of the father.

No one gets there except through Christ himself is the only way sighing when he says this is if you had known me, you would know my file from now on you do know him and you have seen him write down had already said his gospel he saw his glory, we saw the father in the flesh in him and let's read on here because Philip then says Lord shows you father is for us right show us the father and Jesus I guess likes Max is been with you so long and you still don't know Philip whoever has seen me has seen the father.

How can you say show us the father. Don't you believe that I am in the father and the father is in me how to stop there. I kind of feel the earth shake when he says that, don't you know if you see me you seen the father. The Scripture says nobody can see God knowing that he has ever seen God. Paul writes in Colossians this is that Jesus is the image of the invisible God's not seeable right through Christ is, but in Christ, he is, and then introduces this idea of being in well.

I am in the father and the father is in me and after this he's going to say and the father and me are going to come and be in you, you here so this is a huge idea. This is living in this abiding in and he's already introduced this this indwelling is abiding in at the beginning lease. I'm going to prepare an abiding place and what a great antidote to their feared larger trouble because Jesus them going someplace or you can go and he counters up by saying, guess what guys were to be in you you you know that they were getting ahead of ourselves on my fault. Let's just go back to reading the text, he says, in the words. This is in verse 10 do you not believe that I am in the father and the father is in me the words that I say to you I do not speak on my own authority, but the father dwells in me as his works. Believe me, here comes again. I am in the father and the father is in me or else believe, on account of the works themselves not into going down here and be be in him and he can be in the father simultaneously.

Well you know it's not that hard. We live and breathe air were in the air and errors in us right, it's just not that hard a concept, but what we talked about is personalities. Jesus the son in the father and the father in the son that becomes a much bigger idea to integrate meditation thing. How can Jesus be in the father. The father is in Jesus, which by the way to the Jews.

The religious Jews the time didn't believe Jesus was that was blast/yeah, I now know God's the big guns out there who runs the whole show in your sin. He's in.

Come on like me, but he introduces then this idea since it will believe on account of the works themselves because he was what they saw him do this is truly, truly, I say to you whoever believes in me will also do the works that I do greater works than these will he do because I go to the father. I write the flesh man that was here with you and what ever you ask in my name. This I will do that. The father may be glorified in son if you ask me thing in my name I will do. Which brings up this ritual the Christians to pray something and tag at the end your name. He's he's bound he's obliged to answer work and get into that more later. I think Celestine take the time to point out, so I was just as you read this knowledge to understand this is not a formula but he does say no I don't speak on my own authority, but the father dwelling in me is speaking and he says that you are going to ask in my name. Well, if you're doing something in someone's name you doing it as if you read them and their authority.

I served on a jury in a fraud case. One time where somebody & somebody else's name.

Do a check you know and that's was the whole issue they had no authority and no right to put that name on the check, but they did it cashed all but Jesus is saying if I'm dwelling in you. You can ask for anything and sign my name to the check so that a question what is that what is the effect of him dwelling in us and so he's get a start talking about loving me and keeping my words. And we have to understand truth is more than just colloquially you like I was to get the end of ET you know that this planet stand in front of Ellie poke some of the chest.

You know right be right, I hear you well we not exactly all that is figurative because of you know emotionally that's not over talk and think about them or keep them close in our hearts right this is this is this is in. This is in dwelling and wasn't being filled with and so it is in the same sense that Jesus as a human being was indwelt by God himself, which we know will call that's Emmanuel, God with us in. Well that's what we call the incarnation means to be in the flesh in a similar way, he's saying that we will suddenly in this change. Life we are kind of a new incarnation of God in the flesh in us will draw straight line there and a little bit later in this chapter and will get into it more next week. What he says just like the father sent me. I'm sending you and I love my father and so I do what he told me that if you love me you will keep my commandments. So he's making this very direct connection between his own relationship with the father and our relationship with the sun and the sun words. By the way we'll get to that were jump in Russia but it really is an astonishing thing in this section 14 starts off by saying you don't want your hearts be troubled and halfway through 14 thinkers guess what the separation is not what you think because pretty soon go talk about the reality of the father in me in you write so separation is not an issue right now and I'm and I think the header spinning just totally their heads were spinning in the part of the equation. At this point will stop at this verse and come back next week and finish of 14, but the part of the equation that it this point in the discussion.

They don't know about is how is this possible. How can Jesus quote unquote go somewhere and yet he and the father can still be in us, didn't he leave the room didn't Elvis leave the building. How was it we can still maintain a connection with them.

And of course know the answer that the Holy Spirit so that's we jumps to next. When he talks about the rest of 14. This is physically held to work okay and that's how it's going to happen. Then he says you know if you believe in me. In verse 12 whoever believes in me will also do the works that I do and greater works than you do.

The father, but the second half of that thought is when I father send you the Holy Spirit.

Your helper and that incarnation now will be somewhat looking like what Jesus did greater works. Does that mean I'm going to raise people from the debtor, more people from the dead and be careful when you interpret the word greater.

It could just be larger scope communicated to me is greater, but I mean it does mean that there's sort of a carrying on of the ministry of Jesus in this new incarnation us through the Holy Spirit. And that's that should be. That should be visible resident part of what our new life with Christ is all about, and this is what is trying to introduce these guys not just on going someplace you can't come but I am going someplace, but that the whole you relate to God is shifting into a much more intimate in a much more powerful way for the kingdom of God and you're gonna like it and you should rejoice resident going back to father because this is really this is a good turn the plan. This is not an accident. It's not an accident, knowing it was all preplanned exactly so. So were to look more about the nuts and bolts about how that happens in the second half of chapter 14 but but I don't want to leave this first-half without going back to the emphasis on this word believe you really believe all this stuff. Do you really do you really isn't enough for you to not just intellectually say you like I get this because you know the word to stew us up is doing this will believe her faith thing is really developed from this this idea being persuaded by something so I persuade enough by what John's writing here he says in chapter 20. That's why I'm writing it. Are you persuaded enough to say I'm willing to trust my entire life to this God.

And that's what he's saying right here and so that we are actively trusting this God that is a remedy and antidote a way to deal with the continual corruption of a troubled heart trouble.

We all are vulnerable to that eruption of fear and that sudden attack but Jesus is not don't go on in that condition because you believe in me, you believe me believe in God believe in me right and my intention is that you that we would be together. I love quoting Revelation 20, 21, three because there at the end of all things.

It says it says Rick playing the dwelling place of God is with man. And what a great thing is because is exactly what Jesus trying to say here, but not only is the dwelling place of God with man. It's in man now are talking big time changes and we are going to see when he gets to chapter 17 that prayer we see Jesus praying, asking the father for that very thing you want them to be with me where I am and I never saw that so clearly until the last couple of years when I've been studying that passage deeply so we want you this coming week to read not just John 14 press on all the way through 717 and make a list of those things you observe what is he saying to you about the father and son and Holy Spirit. You yourself is unfolding something so come back next week. Would love you to join us in the second half of 14 first-half is not just once over lightly that so I'm Jim and would love to have you this coming next week. Join us. The second

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