When in Sorrow,
1Jesus said, "Donít let your hearts be troubled.
Trust in God, and trust in me. 2There are many
rooms in my Fatherís house; I would not tell you this if it were not true. I
am going there to prepare a place for you. 3After I
go and prepare a place for you, I will come back and take you to be with me so
that you may be where I am. 4You know the way to
the place where I am going."
5Thomas said to Jesus, "Lord, we donít know where you are going. So
how can we know the way?"
6Jesus answered, "I am the way, and the truth, and
the life. The only way to the Father is through me. 7If
you really knew me, you would know my Father, too. But now you do know him, and
you have seen him."
8Philip said to him, "Lord, show us the Father. That is all we
9Jesus answered, "I have been with you a long time
now. Do you still not know me, Philip? Whoever has seen me has seen the Father.
So why do you say, ĎShow us the Fatherí? 10Donít
you believe that I am in the Father and the Father is in me? The words I say to
you donít come from me, but the Father lives in me and does his own work. 11Believe
me when I say that I am in the Father and the Father is in me. Or believe
because of the miracles I have done. 12I tell you
the truth, whoever believes in me will do the same things that I do. Those who
believe will do even greater things than these, because I am going to the
Father. 13And if you ask for anything in my name, I
will do it for you so that the Fatherís glory will be shown through the Son. 14If
you ask me for anything in my name, I will do it.
The Promise of the Holy Spirit
15"If you love me, you will obey my commands. 16I
will ask the Father, and he will give you another Helper
to be with you foreveró17the
Spirit of truth. The world cannot accept him, because it does not see him or
know him. But you know him, because he lives with you and he will be in you.
18"I will not leave
you all alone like orphans; I will come back to you. 19In
a little while the world will not see me anymore, but you will see me. Because I
live, you will live, too. 20On
that day you will know that I am in my Father, and that you are in me and I am
in you. 21Those
who know my commands and obey them are the ones who love me, and my Father will
love those who love me. I will love them and will show myself to them."
22Then Judas (not Judas Iscariot) said, "But, Lord, why do you plan to
show yourself to us and not to the rest of the world?"
23Jesus answered, "If
people love me, they will obey my teaching. My Father will love them, and we
will come to them and make our home with them. 24Those
who do not love me do not obey my teaching. This teaching that you hear is not
really mine; it is from my Father, who sent me.
25"I have told you
all these things while I am with you. 26But
the Helper will teach you everything and will cause you to remember all that I
told you. This Helper is the Holy Spirit whom the Father will send in my name.
27"I leave you
peace; my peace I give you. I do not give it to you as the world does. So donít
let your hearts be troubled or afraid. 28You
heard me say to you, ĎI am going, but I am coming back to you.í If you loved
me, you should be happy that I am going back to the Father, because he is
greater than I am. 29I
have told you this now, before it happens, so that when it happens, you will
will not talk with you much longer, because the ruler of this world is coming.
He has no power over me, 31but
the world must know that I love the Father, so I do exactly what the Father told
me to do.
"Come now, let us go.