Jesus in His Own Words

In John 14:1, Jesus reassures Thomas when he tells his disciples that he is going away. Let's listen in.
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"Don't worry about my going away. I know you trust in God, so put your trust in me as well. There's plenty of room for everyone in my Father's house. If it weren't so, would I have told you that I'm going there to prepare a place for you? And once that place is ready, you may be sure that I will come back and take you to be with me. That way we will always be together. You know the way to the place where I am going."

Somewhat confused, Thomas said, "Lord, we aren't sure where you are going, so how can we know the way that will take us there?"

"I am that way," I declared. "I am the truth; I am the life. No one can go to the Father unless he goes through me. If you really knew me, you would know my Father as well. From now on, you do know him, and you have seen him."

Philip said, "Lord, please show us the Father, and then we will be satisfied."

I replied, "Philip, we've been together for a long time. Don't you know by now who I really am? To see me is to see the Father! So how can you say, 'Show us the Father'? Don't you believe that I and the Father are one? I don't speak to you on my own authority. The Father who lives in me is the one who carries out the miraculous deeds you see.

"Believe me when I say that I and the Father are one, or believe it to be true on the basis of the miracles you see me do. I tell you the truth, if you believe in me, you will do the same things that I am doing. In fact, you will do even greater things because I am going away to the Father. And I will do whatever you ask in my name so that the Son may bring glory to the Father. If you ask me for anything in my name, I will do it." (John 14:1-14)

The Promise of the Paraclete

"If you love me, you will do what I tell you to do. And I will ask the Father to send you the Holy Spirit to help you and remain with you forever. He is the one who reveals the truth about God. The people of the world reject the Spirit because they neither see him nor know him. But you know him because even now he lives with you and soon will be in your hearts.

"When I go, I will not leave you unprotected, on your own. Besides that, I will come back, just as I promised. In a little while the world won't be able to see me, but you will see me. Because I live, you too will live. Then it will be clear to you that the Father and I are one. Furthermore, you will be one with me and I with you. To know what I have taught and put it into practice is to prove that you love me. If you love me, you will be loved by my Father. I too will love you and reveal myself to you."

The other Judas (not Iscariot) spoke up and asked, "Lord, I don't understand why you are going to reveal yourself to us but not to others."

I replied, "Those who love me will do what I say. Then my Father will love them, and he and I will come and make our home with them. Those who do not love me will not do what I say. What I am telling you is not something I made up but comes from the Father who sent me.

"I've told you these things while I've been with you. But when I am gone, the Father will send the Holy Spirit to take my place. He will help you remember all that I have said to you and teach you even more." (John 14:15-26)

The Gift of Peace

"The gift I leave with you is peace, the peace that I myself enjoy. It's not the kind of peace the world gives. So don't let your heart be troubled. Don't lose courage.

"Remember what I told you: I am going away, but I will be back. If you really loved me, you would rejoice that I am going to my Father because he is greater than I.

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