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30 From there Jesus and his followers went through Galilee, but he didn’t want anyone to know it. 31 This was because he was teaching his disciples, “The Human One [or Son of Man] will be delivered into human hands. They will kill him. Three days after he is killed he will rise up.” 32 But they didn’t understand this kind of talk, and they were afraid to ask him.
1 “Don’t be troubled. Trust in God. Trust also in me. 2 My Father’s house has room to spare. If that weren’t the case, would I have told you that I’m going to prepare a place for you? 3 When I go to prepare a place for you, I will return and take you to be with me so that where I am you will be too.
8 Philip said, “Lord, show us the Father; that will be enough for us.”
9 Jesus replied, “Don’t you know me, Philip, even after I have been with you all this time? Whoever has seen me has seen the Father. How can you say, ‘Show us the Father’?
19 Soon the world will no longer see me, but you will see me. Because I live, you will live too.
Jesus worried his disciples when he spoke of dying, or of going away. He pledged to return (alive after his death, and again at the end of human history). He told them God’s house is spacious, with plenty of room for everyone—they could always be with him. He told them that in him, they’d seen the Father. He linked his dying and rising to our hope of life beyond death—“because I live, you will live too.” He said those who trust him have eternal life—present tense (John 3:36, 5:24, 6:47 and 54).
Lord Jesus, you succeeded through self-giving love, through a cross that somehow gives me life. Reshape any flawed notions of success I may have and help me to seek success by the same divine standards that you did. Amen.
Soon the world will no longer see me, but you will see me. Because I live, you will live too. (John 14:19)
I am struck each year when we come to this week, and read these words, by how much Jesus cared for his disciples and how he wanted to prepare them for what was coming very soon. He was approaching humiliation, torture, and death, but his big concern in these moments was that his disciples would understand and not be afraid. He didn’t want what they were about to witness to destroy the story of their time together or wipe out all they had learned. He didn’t want them to lose heart. He wanted them to know that they would see him, and that they would live because he would defeat death. He would prepare a place for them. They would live and live with him.
This year, these words have special meaning for me, as a dear friend has entered his final days in this life. My friend, in a message to all of those who love him, made it very clear that, as Pastor Adam says, he’s counting on the truth of Jesus’ promises. Because Jesus lives, so will my friend. He will joyfully live with Jesus forever. Because Jesus lives, we will live too. Our place is prepared, and the trials and hard losses of this life won’t be able to keep us from this joy.
Lord, thank you for preparing us for eternity with you, and for reminding us of your love and promise when we let disappointment, anger, fear, or grief confuse us. Amen.
* N. T. Wright, Mark for Everyone. Louisville: Westminster John Knox Press, 2004, p. 123.
** Adam Hamilton, John: The Gospel of Light and Life. (Nashville: Abingdon Press, 2015, p. 97.)