Why Was Jesus Comforting His Disciples in John 14?

In John 14, we see Jesus comforting his disciples before his departure. This chapter is full of wisdom and reassurance that Jesus provides to his followers during a time of confusion and fear.

Background

The scene is set in the upper room where Jesus is having his last supper with his disciples. He has just washed their feet, a sign of humility and servanthood, and foretold that one of them will betray him. Peter, always impulsive, asks where Jesus is going, to which Jesus replies that he is going to prepare a place for them in heaven.

Jesus’ Comforting Words

It’s evident from this conversation that the disciples are anxious about what will happen after Jesus leaves them. In response, Jesus provides them with words of comfort and reassurance.

He starts by saying, “Do not let your hearts be troubled. You believe in God; believe also in me.”

(John 14:1) This statement sets the tone for the rest of the chapter. Jesus acknowledges their fear but encourages them to trust in him as they have trusted in God.

Jesus goes on to say that he is the way, the truth, and the life (John 14:6). In other words, he is their path to eternal life with God. He assures them that they will not be left alone but will receive the Holy Spirit as a helper (John 14:16-17).

The Promise of Peace

One of the most significant promises Jesus makes in this chapter is about peace. He says, “Peace I leave with you; my peace I give you.

I do not give to you as the world gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled and do not be afraid.” (John 14:27)

This promise of peace comes from knowing that they are loved by God and that they have a place in eternity. It’s a peace that the world cannot give, and it’s not dependent on external circumstances. It’s a peace that comes from within, from trusting in Jesus.

The Importance of Faith

Throughout this chapter, Jesus emphasizes the importance of faith. He tells his disciples that they must believe in him to see God (John 14:12). He also assures them that if they ask for anything in his name, he will do it (John 14:13-14).

Jesus’ words are a reminder that faith is not just a mental agreement with certain doctrines but an active trust in him as Lord and Savior.

Conclusion

In conclusion, John 14 is a powerful chapter full of comforting words from Jesus to his anxious disciples. He reassures them of his love, promises them peace, and emphasizes the importance of faith.

As we read this chapter today, we too can take comfort in Jesus’ words. We can trust in him as our path to eternal life with God and find peace knowing that we are loved by our Creator.