Heaven or UFO?: The Liberating Words of Jesus

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By Rev. Dr. Sergio E. ArevaloWesley Divinity School is Remembered. Read more ... », Jr.

Eagle RockThe Messiah as The Lamb of God. Read more ... » Lutheran ChurchThree Radical Precautions of the Christ. Read more ... »

Los AngelesMy Prayer During the 2014 National Day of Prayer Celebration . Read more ... », CA“As the Father has Sent me, so I Send You!”. Read more ... »

May 18, 2014 (5th Sunday of EasterJesus is Missing!. Read more ... »)

 

Introduction

Our passage is part of JesusWhy the King Killed Those Who Did Not Attend His Son’s Wedding?. Read more ... »’ discourse before his disciplesJesus is Missing!. Read more ... » when they were eating their Passover meal or let’s say during the Passover when he was about to sufferThree Things Expected of a Disciple. Read more ... » on the crossBear Jesus’ Yoke to Unburden Your Yoke. Read more ... ». Imagine he was about to suffer and die, but still he was the one who comforted his disciples.

I. Words of Consolation

Jesus told the disciples…

1.1. Have PeaceCHURCH PLANTING VISION IN SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA. Read more ... » (v.1) “Do not let your heartsThe Greatest is Love. Read more ... » be troubled.” Another wayThe Man Who Prepares Freeway for His Master. Read more ... » of saying“Into Your Hands”. Read more ... » “have peace” or peace be with youHow Does Jesus Prepare His Disciples for Missions?. Read more ... ».” They knew what would happen to Jesus, and to them since Jesus was telling them ahead of timeThey Complain to the Landowner Simply Because He is Generous and Fair to All His Laborers. Read more ... » in his discourses. The wordProphecy About the Philippines in 2009, Compare With Current Situation. Read more ... » of peace is very comforting to them since they heard it from the one from whom they cling their faithHow to Ascertain God's Will?. Read more ... ».

Again, Jesus said,keep-calm-and-believe-in-jesus

1.2. Believe Me (v.1) “You believe in GodPGF the Lord!. Read more ... », believe also in me.” Here Jesus was encouraging his disciples to believe what he was saying to them. That phrase is an introduction of his words of assurance.

1.3. Got Reservation? (vv.2-4) “There are many rooms in my FatherJesus is Missing!. Read more ... »’s house. If there were not, would I have told you that I am going away to preparePeople Were Hungry, Look What the Boy Did to Feed Them All. Read more ... » a placeThe Judge-King Favors the Least: The Undocumented Aliens, etc.. Read more ... » for you? And if I am going away to prepare a place for you, I will comeFollow Me: The Cost of Following Jesus. Read more ... » back again and welcomeWhich Do You Prefer? Old Practices or New Practices?. Read more ... » you into my presenceThe Two Disciples’ Heart Burning Experience. Read more ... », so that you may be where I am. You knowHow to Know the Presence of the Holy Spirit?. Read more ... » where I am going, and you know the way.”

In other words, Jesus is going away to get reservation for his disciples. He will come back again, and he will giveThree Deeds That Show the Intentions of the Shepherd and the Thief. Read more ... » you your key!

1.3.1. Is it HeavenCreatio ex Nihilo: Creation Through Amazing Words and Power. Read more ... » or UFO? Some ChristiansNew Year, New Creation. Read more ... » interpret this phrase as heaven—mansion with many rooms! Jesus is our advance party so that when we go there we will have a place to live in. Later, Jesus will come back for us, and he will “take us to himself.” Jesus said, “I will come back again, and welcome you into my presence, so that you may be where I am. You know where I am going, and you know the way.”

The words of Jesus picture a moving mansion traveling with Jesus, and fetching his disciples. Do you think this is a picture of UFO (Unidentified Flying Object) or a spaceship? You tell me!

Let me give you another interpretation of this text. New Interpreter’s BibleThe King Who Authorized KJV Bible Was a Freemason. Read more ... » emphasizes that it’s a relationshipHow to Know the Presence of the Holy Spirit?. Read more ... » that Jesus was talking about.ufo1

1.3.2. Relationship with God. “My Father’s house” is not to be taken as a synonym for heaven.  Throughout John’s gospelDoes God Repent in Nineveh?. Read more ... », location has consistently been a symbol of relationship. For example, John 1:18 is a description of his physical location (in the bosom of the father) communicates the intimacy of Jesus’ relationship with the father.

John 8:35-36 confirms that “God’s house is about relationship, and not exclusively about location” (New Interpreter’s Bible, vol. ix, p.740).

For sure in the words of Jesus, we can get these lessons: have peace—be happy, believe Jesus’ words and have a firm relationship with God.

II. Words of Truth

2.1. Jesus is the Way, the Truth, and the LifeCreatio ex Nihilo: Creation Through Amazing Words and Power. Read more ... » (v.6). In GreekThe Cost of Following Jesus. Read more ... », we can read like this: Ἐγώ  εἰμι  ἡ  ὁδὸς  καὶ  ἡ  ἀλήθεια  καὶ  ἡ  ζωή (Ego eimi he hodosThe Man Who Prepares Freeway for His Master. Read more ... », kai he aletheia kai he zoe). It can be translated like this: “I am the way, the truth and the life.”

I tried to look for this very phrase scientifically doubting that the English translation is incorrect, blindly hoping that the correct translation is the following: “I am a way, a truth and a life.”

Now it is clear, the English translation is correct! We know that articles “a” and “the” will bearThree Things Expected of a Disciple. Read more ... » different meaning when they are used to a word or noun like our phrase. Articles are used to differentiate between things or ideas – usually expressed by nouns. The speaker/writer may be referring to a specific thing or idea, or a general one.way-truth-life1

When we use “a” it refers a general one, and when we use “the” we are referring to specific thing or idea. Our text it says, “the way, the truth, and the life” and not “a way, a truth and a life.”

I want to use an analogy of the long bridge here, that bridge is positioned in two valleys. No one can go to another valley without using that bridge. If we are going to relate this to our text, Jesus is that bridge.

My questionLeaders Question This Man on What Authority He is Doing Those Benevolence, They Could Not Reason Out When He Responds. Read more ... » here for you is, are you now walkingA Man Tries to Walk on the Water, Look What Does He Get. Read more ... » on that bridge? Are we walking in truth for Jesus?

2.2. Jesus is the Reflection of the Father (vv.7-11). Jesus said, “I am in the Father and the Father is in me” (v.11). This is a partial pronouncement of the Son of GodJesus is Missing!. Read more ... »’s part in the Holy TrinityThree Things Required in Discipleship. Read more ... ». For the JewsWhy the King Killed Those Who Did Not Attend His Son’s Wedding?. Read more ... », this is a big scandal and blasphemy. But in Jesus’ words, he is the reflection of the Father. He says, “I am in the Father and the Father is in me [?] The words that I say to you I do not speakGod Calls the Boy Rather than the Priest. Read more ... » on my own. It is the Father who dwells in me and who carries out his work” (v.10).

Jesus mentioned this to strengthen his position as sent“As the Father has Sent me, so I Send You!”. Read more ... » by the Father for a noble missionWhat is Life?. Read more ... ». This mission is now giving to his disciples, to us as a churchProphecy About the Philippines in 2009, Compare With Current Situation. Read more ... » with a mission or should I say we exist because of Jesus’ mission.

III. Words of Challenge.

3.1. Do Jesus’ Mission (v.12). Jesus said, “The one who believes in me will also do what I am doing” (v.12). Jesus is talking about his mission here. If we believe Jesus as SaviorIsaiah’s Prophecy on the Coming of the Savior. Read more ... », as MessiahThe Messiah as The Lamb of God. Read more ... », we have mission to do. To share the good newsYou Have No Right to Keep it!. Read more ... » that Jesus is the Messiah and Savior of mankind. This mission is not only for the pastors, church leadersLeaders Question This Man on What Authority He is Doing Those Benevolence, They Could Not Reason Out When He Responds. Read more ... », and evangelists. This mission is for all. If you claim to be a ChristianHow to Ascertain God's Will?. Read more ... », therefore you have a mission to bear!

3.2. Do Ask Anything in Jesus’ Name (vv.13-14). In our mission, Jesus will not leave us alone. MatthewThey Complain to the Landowner Simply Because He is Generous and Fair to All His Laborers. Read more ... » 28:20 says, “I am with you each and every day until the end of the age” (ISV).  I am with you all the days until the completionThe Protagonist Narrates the Trailer of His Story, His Avid Fan Does not Like it. Read more ... » of the age” (LITV). “I am with you all the days until the end of the worldJesus is the Redeemer. Read more ... » (MKJV). “Ako’y sumasa inyong palagi, hanggang sa katapusan ng sanglibutan” (TAB).

If Jesus is with us in “every moment,” “each and every day,” “all the days,” “palagi,” “until the end of world,” we can ask anything in his name, and he will give us our murmurings, prayerMy Prayer During the 2014 National Day of Prayer Celebration . Read more ... » requests and appeals. Jesus said, “I will do whatever you ask in my name” (v.13). That’s the reason why in the ending of our prayers we say, “in the name of Jesus.”

It’s like this, somebody comes to Bro. Richard, and saying “Brother, Kuya Raul needs your guitar for our Bible study on Friday. By using Kuya Raul’s name he might give it to him.

In our prayers, the name of Jesus has powerMary Praises the Greatness of God. Read more ... »!iamwithyoualways1

3.3. Do Keep Jesus’ CommandmentsHow to Know the Presence of the Holy Spirit?. Read more ... » (v.15). Part of Jesus’ challenge to us is in verse 15, “If you loveThey Complain to the Landowner Simply Because He is Generous and Fair to All His Laborers. Read more ... » me, keep my commandments.” There is relationship between love and obedienceThe Obedience of Joseph. Read more ... ». Obedience is producing love, and love is suggesting obedience, and supplying it with motive (The Pulpit commentary). Robertson says, “Continued love prevents disobedience” (Robertson’s Word Pictures).

ThomasI Doubt, Ergo, I Believe. Read more ... » a Kampis once said, “Instant obedience is the only kind of obedience there is; delayed obedience is disobedience. Whoever strives to withdraw from obedience, withdraws from GraceThe Greatest is Love. Read more ... » (sermonillustrations.comThe Greatest Act of God. Read more ... »).

Do you love Jesus? How do you obey Jesus? How do you follow Jesus? Do you follow him only at your convenience? If you just get a chance? Do you follow him with urgency?

 Conclusion

Arabian horses go through rigorous training in the deserts of the Middle East. The trainers require absolute obedience from the horses, and test613 Laws Summarize Into Two. Read more ... » them to see if they are completely trained.

The final test is almost beyond the endurance of any living thing. The trainers forceHow Does Jesus Prepare His Disciples for Missions?. Read more ... » the horses to do without waterA Man Tries to Walk on the Water, Look What Does He Get. Read more ... » for many days. Then he turns them loose and of course"How to Use Church Web Effectively for God's Ministry?". Read more ... » they start running toward the water, but just as they get to the edge, ready“Ready or not, here I come...again.”. Read more ... » to plunge in and drink, the trainer blows his whistle.

The horses who have been completely trained and who have learned perfect obedience, stop. They turn around and come pacing back to the trainer. They stand there quivering, wanting water, but they wait in perfect obedience. When the trainer is sure that he has their obedience he gives them a signal to go back to drink.

The horses can be trained to be obedient to their masterCome! Share Your Master’s Joy!. Read more ... ». Can we train ourselves to be obedient to ChristGlory to God in the Highest. Read more ... »? Indeed, the words of Jesus are liberating since they liberate us from loneliness, and they do comfort us. They give us peace, assurance and are encouraging us to love him more, and to obey him more for his mission.

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