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WINTER QUARTER 2013

PRAYER & BIBLE BAND

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"But be ye doers of the word
and not hearers only,
deceiving your own selves." James 1:22


  TAKE UP WHERE
JESUS LAID DOWN

JESUS IS THE ONLY WAY TO THE FATHER

John 14:1-14

DEVOTIONAL READING
John 1:18, 13:37; I John 5:14-15

CENTRAL VERSE:

"Jesus said unto him, I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me." John 14:6,  KJV

"Jesus answered, "I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me." John 14:6, NIV

INTRODUCTION

Jesus made it very clear to Thomas that the only way to the Father is not by following rules and regulations or by following a program.  It is by being in a relationship with a person, Jesus Himself.  Jews or that era entertained various ideas about getting to heaven.  Some believed that circumcision and law keeping were the way. With others, the birthright was seen as pretty much guaranteeing the trip.  Some did believe that faith was necessary, but there was not universal agreement as to the object of faith.

Jesus made it plain that He was to be the object of faith.  This became the message of genuine believers down through the centuries.  Jesus not only is the way to the Father, but He is also truth made flesh.  As god in the flesh, He could be none other than Truth.

Seeing the Father (John 14:1-5).

Peter wanted to follow Jesus.  He said he was willing to lay down his life for Jesus' sake (John 13:37). Jesus wanted the apostles to trust Him.  He wanted them to trust that although He had to leave, He would come back for them.  Jesus is coming back for those who are expecting Him.  Are you expecting Him to return for you?

We can rest assured that Jesus Christ; our Saviour will always be there when we need Him.  When we were lost, He made possible for us to be united with the Father.  It is through Jesus Christ that we get the revelation of the Father and have access to Him. "The only begotten Son, which is in the bosom of the Father, he hath declared him [God]" (John 1:18b).

Jesus reveals His Father (John 14:6-11).

Through Jesus we were introduced to the Father.  Jesus is the Way.  We must remain faithful to the Lord and continue to trust Him. Jesus is the Life. His death, burial, and resurrection opened the way for believers to approach a holy God.  The apostles did not fully understand what Jesus was saying until after His death, resurrection, and ascension.  Their unwavering trust in the Lord kept them secure.

A promise kept (John 14:12-14).

While on earth Jesus performed many miracles. The works of the believers shall be greater.  It is hard to imagine doing greater works than Jesus! Believers have the liberty to ask anything. If we ask in the name of Jesus, He said He will do it. Jesus is the Truth; therefore, He has to be true to His word. Promises made by Jesus have to be honored. Believers should note that we must ask for that which is according to the Lord's will (I John 5:14-15). Jesus is true to His word. He is the Way.

ESSENTIAL THOUGHT:
"Jesus is the Truth and the Life."

 QUESTIONS:

1. Why did Jesus feel it was important to reassure His disciples that they need not be troubled?

2. What was Thomas' objection to Jesus' statement, and how did His respond to him?

NOTES

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"Study To Show Thyself Approved of God, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth."  2 Timothy 2:15