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Sermons

Jesus is God
John 14:7–14

Good Morning, from the Voices of Hope Evangelistic Team, to all who are reading this message, I welcome each of you gathering today by way of the internet. Once again, it’s a blessing to be able to share from God’s Word as we can proclaim it all over the world. 

The title of my message is “Jesus is God” and the scripture is found in John 14:7-14, if you wish to turn there you can follow along.

As we come to Verse 7 of Chapter 14, we come to a very important moment in the life of any disciple of Jesus Christ. Whether you were with that group on that particular evening in the Upper Room the night before Jesus died, or whether you’re sitting here in Church, this is a very important portion of Scripture. It was important to them as they heard it; it’s important to us this morning. It just may be the most staggering thing that Jesus ever said. There are so many unbelievable things just to the superficial understanding that when we gather them all up in these few little verses, they are almost overwhelming. The fact that He claims to be God is staggering enough; the fact that He says we will do greater things than He did is even more staggering and then the concluding statement that if we ask anything in His name, He will do it is even more staggering. These words are monumental words in declaring not only who Jesus is, but what He intends to do in and for those who belong to Him. 

Jesus is about to die, and this is the night before his crucifixion. He is giving his final address to His eleven disciples. He has already dismissed Judas to carry out the deed of betrayal and Judas is out doing that now and, in the meantime, Jesus deals with these eleven disciples. He must prepare them for the traumatic shock of His death and so He instructs them, He warns them, He teaches them, He loves them a little bit, He commands them, He gives them some promises. He basically wraps up all his final instruction and revelation and gives it to them on this last occasion. So, these are Jesus’ final words to His beloved eleven disciples. 

He spends the entire 14th chapter comforting their troubled hearts. They don’t want him to leave. Their hearts are broken over the fact that he’s going. They have put all their love in that one man and the fact that He is going away and leave them in a hostile, hating world is a sad thing to realize. They don’t quite understand how He can be the Messiah and become a victim of the people. They don’t quite understand how it fits that the Messiah is going to die. 

As we come to verses 7–14, Jesus continues to comfort them by giving them three great revelations. The revelation of His person to them; the revelation of His power in them; the revelation of His promise for them. 

First of all we see the revelation of His person to them. You can see how important it is in the midst of all of their questions because they can’t figure out why He’s going to die and why it is that He’d become a victim if He’s really the Messiah and why it is He can’t seem to defend Himself and He’s being victimized not only by the hostile world but by two of His own disciples who betray Him and deny Him, and so He need to reiterate to them who He really is. 

So what does He reveal to them about Himself? He reveals to them that He is God, just that simple. And of course this is the running debate of all history about Jesus, which is really the issue. Here Jesus makes the very simple claim to be God. No less than God. 

In what way can this be a comfort to the disciples? Go back to verse 4, Jesus said, “Now I’m going to go away and where I go you know and the way you know. You know where I came from, right? He’s told them many times that He proceeded from the Father. Now He says you know where I’m going to go. He’s also told them that he’s going back to the Father so he says, “You know where I’m going and the way you know.” Thomas pops up and says, “Lord, we don’t know where you’re going. How would we know the way?” Thomas doesn’t know what to expect after death; we talked about this previously. 

So, Jesus says to him, I am the way, don’t worry how to get there, I am the way, I’m the truth, I’m the light, no man cometh unto the Father but by me. If you know me, you know the way to get there. That’s all He’s saying. Jesus says I’m going to God and I’m going to take you to God. But they’re uncertain about it. They’re not at all sure about the way to get to the Father. They’re not too sure even about the Father. So Jesus declares to them that they don’t need to have any confusion about God at all because He is God and if they know Him they know God. You see, Jesus says I’m going to the Father and someday you’ll come along to the Father’s house. 

Jesus wants to bring it back down to earth by declaring, Look fellows, I am one with the Father. I am God. Don’t worry about it. And you remember back in John 1:13 the great statement of John regarding Jesus, he said: “And the word was made flesh and dwelt among us and we beheld his glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father.” Jesus Christ is God. And so with that in mind we come to verse 7 and watch what the dialogue has to say. 

Jesus says then to them: “If ye had known me ye should have known my Father also.” Stop right there. Now Jesus says if you guys really knew Me you wouldn’t be worried about who the Father was. In a sense the disciples did not know Jesus. They had declared that He was Messiah, the anointed of God. Peter himself even made the statement that He was the son of the living God; that He was God in that sense, but Jesus said to him you didn’t make that on your own, Peter, the Father gave that to you to say. And so, even though they had knowledge of Jesus, that knowledge was somewhat limited. And Jesus is saying if you really knew me in depth, fully, you’d know the Father also. 

If you really knew me you would have a full, rich knowledge of God and when I say I’m going to my Father and there’s a dwelling place in the Father’s house for you and some day you’ll go there, you wouldn’t worry about how to get there or who the Father was or any of the details if you really knew me you’d know the Father. You see they had really failed to see Jesus fully as God. And so, they have these fears and these doubts and these questions because they’re not too sure. 

So Christ reveals to them His person. That He is God. They know Jesus loves them. They know Jesus cares for them. And He wants them to know that God feels the same way so that when Jesus is absent they can still maintain a confidence that God will carry out His love and His protection because God and Jesus are one. So they don’t need to worry about how to get to God or about the Father if they really knew Jesus they’d know the Father also. 

Having said that, Jesus makes a very puzzling statement in verse 7: “And from henceforth, ye know him, and have seen him.” He’s saying to the disciples, from now on you know Him. He just said in the same verse you don’t really know Me so you don’t really know Him, but now He says from now on you’ll know Him. The question is, when does the “now on” begin. 

A better translation for us today would be; If you have known me, you will also know my Father. From now on you know him {through me} and have seen him {in me}.” 

As one sees Jesus one truly sees the Father; they are One.

He is saying in a little while through the events that are going to happen, the death of Jesus Christ, His resurrection, His ascension and the coming of the Holy Spirit, when all of that would happen they would get it. So Jesus here is saying in the events that will follow up until the day of Pentecost when the Spirit comes to indwell you, at that time, fully and completely, you’ll have it all. And can’t you imagine what a day it was in the day of Pentecost when the Spirit of God came and everything fell into place and they understood it all? Jesus will tell them later, when the Spirit comes He will lead you into all Truth. He’ll bring all things to your remembrance. He will show you the things of me. And when the Spirit came at Pentecost He cleared up the whole fog and they understood who Jesus was and they understood total His person as God. It all falls into place. Thomas understood it after the resurrection when he said Jesus was God. 

Jesus is saying you’re going to understand at the coming of the Holy Spirit. And remember the Holy Spirit’s ministry was to point to Christ and declare who He was. And the Holy Spirit did that in the light of these apostles even as He does it in our lives. 

Well, now we come to verse 8, Philip says unto him, “Lord, show us the Father and it suffices us.” Verse 7 couldn’t have been immediately fulfilled or Philip wouldn’t have asked this question. It reveals his lack of knowledge. He had heard what Jesus had said but he still didn’t understand. His knowledge of Christ was incomplete; his knowledge of God was incomplete. And he did what so many people have done throughout history, he said Jesus, I need to see. It’s a contrast between faith and sight. It wasn’t enough for Philip to believe, he wanted to see something, some kind of a revelation of God’s presence. 

Verse 9. What an answer. “Jesus saith unto him, have I been such a long time with you and yet hath thou not known me, Philip?” I believe in that statement, there was not only a rebuke to Philip, but I believe there was a sadness in the voice of Jesus. Can you imagine the heartbreaking realization in Jesus that three years He had poured His life into these 11 guys? The night before His death and they still don’t know who He is. Philip, have I been so long with you and you still don’t know Me? It’s a sad thing to realize that after all the displays of Jesus’ deity repeatedly; they still didn’t get the message, fully. Nobody ever promised the ministry would be easy. It wasn’t easy for Jesus to make those disciples. If you get discouraged about the person you’re trying to disciple, don’t feel bad. Jesus must have been just as discouraged as you or more. 

Then the middle of verse 9: He that hath seen me, hath seen the Father. What a statement. Now that makes Jesus either a lunatic or God to make a statement like that. If you’ve seen me, you’ve seen the Father, and how sayest thou then show us the Father. Philip, you’re standing there staring me in the face and asking me to show you God. Open your eyes. You’ve been looking at me for three years. The writer of Hebrews says in 1:3 that Jesus Christ is the express image of God’s person. The apostle Paul said in Colossians verse 15 of chapter 1, that Jesus Christ is the image of the invisible God and later on in Chapter 2 he says verse 9, in him dwelleth all the fullness of the Godhead bodily. Jesus is God. And he’s saying, Philip, Philip, three years you’re staring me in the face and asking me to show you God? 

Three years of pouring his life into these men and they haven’t gotten it yet; A heartbreaking moment. Follow-up and discipleship can be heartbreaking. It was heartbreaking for Jesus and it’s been heartbreaking for me and it’s probably been heartbreaking for you. 

So you know what Jesus did and I love it and I’ve claimed it many times. Jesus went as far as He could go then He went to heaven and turned it over to the Holy Spirit. That’s a great principle to remember in discipleship. Jesus said I’m going to go and send you the Comforter. Turn it over to the Holy Spirit. Then Jesus hits the key to everything. Philip said show me, what’s the first word in verse 10, Believest. Jesus just says, “Believest thou not that I am in the Father and the Father in me.” Believest. Look at verse 11. Believe me. Philip asked for sight; Jesus gave him faith. 

Believing is exactly what Christianity is all about. It is not all about seeing. I want what those disciples asked for in Luke 17:5 when they said, “Lord, increase my faith.” That’s what I want, because it is by faith that I perceive God. I want more faith; Jesus is operating on faith and the Bible is a faith book. Three years with Jesus and they didn’t have sufficient faith to settle their troubled hearts just by believing, they had to have visible signs. No wonder Jesus calls them the band of little faith. God deals in faith.

Okay, what’s faith? Someone said it’s believing in something you know ain’t so. That’s not faith. That’s the opposite. Faith is believing in something you know is so. Faith has support. Faith has evidence. Watch how Jesus gives the evidence for faith. He said, Philip, you’re to believe me. On what basis? “The word that I speak unto you, I speak not of myself.” Philip, have you been listening for three years? Did you hear what I said all these years? 

Listen, our faith is based on the words of Jesus. But not only that, take a look at verse 10. At the bottom of the verse he says, “The father that dwelleth in me he doeth the works. Believe me, not only for my words that I am in the Father and the Father in me, or else believe me for the very works’ sake.” He says; listen, if my words aren’t sufficient proof, how about my works. Have you been watching the miracles? 

Jesus says, you don’t need to see any more, Philip, here I am. What am I going to show you? This is God manifest. Believe it by my words. Believe it by my works. But believe it. 

You see Christianity is all about believing. And so you see He reveals to them the tremendous truth that He is God. What a comfort it is to know. And if they could grasp this they could rest easy, knowing they were secure, not only the love of Jesus, but the love of God. 

Secondly He reveals His power in them. Verse 12 and in verses 13 and 14 we come to some fabulous promises. Here is the revelation of His power in them. “Verily, verily,” truly, truly, Amen, Amen, “I say unto you, he that believeth on me the works that I do shall he shall do also.” That’s pretty astounding. You believe on me you’ll do the works that I do. But, “And greater works than these shall he do because I go unto my Father.” Now the key, “Because I go unto my Father.” The only way that you’ll be able to do the works that I have done, and greater works is if I go to the Father. Because, when Jesus went to the Father, He sent the Holy Spirit. It was when the Holy Spirit came that the tremendous ability of the disciples to do miracles started their worldwide witness. They were able to do what Jesus did and greater than He had done in His lifetime, not in power, but in extent. 

You see it’s better to have the indwelling Holy Spirit in every believer than to have Christ present on earth, because every one of us has the resident power of deity in the indwelling spirit. So He says, because I go away, you’re going to do not only what I’ve done but greater things than I’ve even done. Fantastic promise. 

Do you see how this is going to comfort them? They’re thinking Jesus is leaving. There goes the power, guys. That’s it. I mean, we’re going to be reduced to nothing. I mean, it’s all over. And Jesus turns the tables and says; when I go away you’re going to do greater things than I’ve done. What a promise. And it’s only possible in the Holy Spirit. Kind of like when Paul said in Ephesians 3:20. “Now unto him that is able to do exceeding, abundantly beyond all we ask or think, according to the power that works within us. Greater in extent, not greater in power. We couldn’t do any works that are greater in power than Jesus did, but greater, broader in extent is what He’s saying. 

For example, Jesus had never preached outside Palestine. His voice had never gone to the world of men. Within his lifetime Europe had never received  the gospel, but in that little first century church it began to spread and it’s still spreading today by plane and ship and train and radio and TV and short-wave and tapes and internet and who knows what else. The gospel is spreading to an extent that Jesus never even saw in terms of His own ministry. When it comes to the numbers and the extent and the power and the triumphs of the message of the cross, they were greater than ever then in the days of Jesus, but there’s more. 

How is it that He can say to those disciples that you’ll be able to do the things that I do. Work by the indwelling power of the Holy Spirit. And they did. You can read them in the book of Acts. In 3 Peter and John performed a miracle. Later on in chapter 5, And by the hands of the apostles were many signs and wonders wrought among the people. Verse 15, In so much that they brought forth the sick into the streets and laid them on beds and couches that at least the shadow of Peter passing by might overshadow some of them. That’s how much power they had. There came also a multitude out of the cities round about into Jerusalem bringing sick folks unto them who were vexed with unclean spirits and they were healed, every one. And in Hebrews the writer tells us in 2:4, God bearing them witness with signs and wonders and diverse miracles and gifts of the Holy Spirit. Bearing more witness, the apostles who had first spoke the word, verse 3. Those apostles literally reproduced the miracles of Jesus. They had the same power to do the works that He did. And there He’s talking about physicals works. But watch it, verse 12. He then says “You’ll do greater works.” 

Now what would be greater than physical works? What kind? Spiritual works. And that’s exactly what He’s talking about. They did spiritual works. They did spiritual miracles to an extent that Jesus never did in His day. Just to begin in Acts 2, Peter stood up and prayed and Three thousand people were saved? Did that ever happen in the ministry of Jesus? Never did. Did the gospel ever go to the Gentiles in the time of Jesus? No. It took Peter in the house of Cornelius and Paul and his great ministry to reach the Gentiles with the Gospel. Conversions took place everywhere. 

Israel, a little tiny country, the sphere of the work of Jesus was so limited. And the people were so few. And to think that now today there are spiritual miracles happening every tick of the clock all over the world. We are seeing greater things in extent than Jesus ever saw in His own lifetime by the power of the indwelling spirit. Spiritual miracles being done by believers all over the world and you and I are in on it. What’s the greatest spiritual miracle that God can perform, Salvation. It’s the new birth and you and I are literally involved in that every time we introduce somebody to Jesus Christ. We’re doing a spiritual miracle. 

Even today we can be in on God’s marvelous healing miracles by prayer. And yet there are spiritual miracles which we see happening in our own lives as we minister. And it’s a marvelous thing to realize. 

How exciting it is to be able to be involved in what God is doing spiritually and to do things greater than even Jesus saw in His own day. Do you know that there was never a revival in the whole ministry of Jesus? And yet in the history of man we’ve seen revivals all over the world. Scotland, Ireland, England and America. Korea, Indonesia. Revivals are going on today. Spiritual miracles are happening in tremendous extents today and you and I are in on it. And it’s all because Jesus went away and sent the Spirit. 

Lastly, the revelation of His promise for them. And Verses 13 and 14. “And whatever ye shall ask in my name that will I do that the Father may be glorified in the Son if ye shall ask anything in my name, I will do it.” What a promise. You can just imagine, these guys are standing there and one of their thoughts has to be: Oh, boy, Jesus is going away and where do we go for our resources? I mean Jesus had fed them. He had helped them catch their fish. On one occasion He even provided their tax money out of the mouth of a fish. He supplied all their needs and now He’s going away and the world doesn’t like them. How are they going to get a job? How are they going to fit back into the culture? It’s going to be rough. They don’t have any resources. We’re going to be all alone. Where are we going to get what we need? And they’re just kind of mulling this over and so Jesus says, Men, I may be gone, but whatever you need ask me and I’ll shoot it to you as fast as I can get it there. That’s a fantastic promise. Whatever you need, it will be there. You see, the gap between where He is and where we are is closed as instantly as we pray. He says, just ask me. Even though I’m going to be absent you have access to all my supplies. But my God, Paul said, shall supply all your needs according to his riches in Christ. What a promise. Prayer will remove the distance and supply your needs. 

You mean I can just ask God for anything? No, there’s a qualifying statement repeated twice and I want you to get it and it will qualify every prayer that God answers. In both verses you see three words. In my name. Whatever you ask in my name. Anything you ask in my name. What does that mean? Does that mean to tack on at the end of your prayer “in the name of Jesus, Amen”? No. That’s not what it means. 

First of all it means that we pray in His person. The name of Jesus means all that He is. It’s not a little formula. It’s an acknowledgment of all that Christ is. It means that when you pray, it is really Jesus Christ doing the asking. You are praying in your full identification with him. You might even do it like this: “Dear Father, I’m asking for Jesus that you do this.” That kind of qualifies it. It kind of eliminates your “gimme, gimme” prayers. Because you’re asking for Jesus that He does this. 

Secondly it means that we are pleading the merits of His son. We are asking it to be granted because of what Jesus has done for us. “Father, here’s my request, give it to me because of what Jesus has done.” 

Thirdly, it means that we pray only for that which is consistent with the perfections of Christ. That’s what it means. Let me give you a little practical formula. Here’s how to pray. After every request that you make to the Lord, just say this: “I’m asking this for Jesus because it will bring glory to

him.” “I’m asking this for Jesus because it will bring glory to him.” It’s just that simple. That eliminates an awful lot of things that I’m prone to ask God for. 

God, I want a new TV, because I’m asking for Jesus. Oh, man, that doesn’t make it. See, it gets your prayers up there where they belong and you begin to pray for the things that really matter. It’s a wonderful promise. 

And then I like this, what He says at the end of verse 14: “I will do it.” Did you get that? That’s so good. Jesus didn’t say, All right, you guys, carry that out. He says, I will do it. You know who answers your prayers? Jesus does. I will do it. He’s operating in our behalf. The loving Jesus wanting His disciples to be comforted; gives them three great revelations: the revelation of His person, His power and His promise. What a comfort it is to know that He cares. And He cares in the same measure for you and for me and our prayer should be the prayer of those disciples. Not Lord, show me this and show me that, but just increase my faith to believe you for this kind of power and for this kind of prayer in order that I can see you really work in my life. 

Father, we thank you this morning that these truths are in the word. Lord, how rich we are because of them. Amen!