The Father's Home, and the Way There

2015 TGC National Conference

In this 46-minute session from the 2015 Gospel Coalition National Conference, Augustus Nicodemus preaches from John 14:1–4, unpacking the implications of Jesus' words about His Father's house for His disciples and for us. Augustus is professor of New Testament at Andrew Jumper Graduate Center in São Paulo, Brazil and Chancellor of Mackenzie Presbyterian University.

John 14:1-14 (ESV)

I Am the Way, and the Truth, and the Life

1“Let not your hearts be troubled. Believe in God;believe also in me.2In my Father’s house are many rooms. If it were not so, would I have told you that I go to prepare a place for you?3And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again and will take you to myself, that where I am you may be also.4And you know the way to where I am going.”5Thomas said to him, “Lord, we do not know where you are going. How can we know the way?”6Jesus said to him, “I am the way, and the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.7If you had known me, you would have known my Father also.From now on you do know him and have seen him.”

8Philip said to him, “Lord, show us the Father, and it is enough for us.”9Jesus said to him, “Have I been with you so long, and you still do not know me, Philip? Whoever has seen me has seen the Father. How can you say, ‘Show us the Father’?10Do 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 who dwells in me does his works.11Believe me that I am in the Father and the Father is in me, or else believe on account of the works themselves.

12“Truly, truly, I say to you, whoever believes in me will also do the works that I do; and greater works than these will he do, because I am going to the Father.13Whatever you ask in my name, this I will do, that the Father may be glorified in the Son.14If you ask meanything in my name, I will do it.

Scripture quotations marked (ESV) are from The Holy Bible, English Standard Version®, copyright © 2001 by Crossway Bibles, a publishing ministry of Good News Publishers. Used by permission. All rights reserved.

What does Jesus' concern for the "troubled hearts" of His disciples—even in the midst of His own looming crucifixion—reveal about His character?
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What do you think it means to ask of something in Jesus' name? What does it not mean?
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The hope that we have as Christians is that we will be with Jesus forever. As you face trials in life, stay rooted, grounded, and encouraged in the reality of a coming eternity with Christ. Let that sweet truth ease your troubled heart, believing that Christ has prepared a room for you in His Father's house through His death and resurrection.

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