Jesus says where He is going His disciples cannot come and He urges them to love one another. “By this all will know that you are My disciples, if you have love for one another.”
“Then Jesus said to them, ‘All of you will be made to stumble because of Me this night, for it is written: ‘I will strike the Shepherd,
And the sheep of the flock will be scattered.’ But after I have been raised, I will go before you to Galilee’” (Matthew 26:31, Zechariah 13:7).
Peter says that he will never stumble and that he will lay down his life for Jesus. But Jesus responds, “Most assuredly, I say to you, the rooster shall not crow till you have denied Me three times.” See, Jesus knows Peter better than Peter knows Peter. He knows that when the situation gets rough, Peter is going to stumble and deny Him but Jesus still loves him. And Jesus won’t leave Peter in his failure.
Jesus tells His disciples not to be troubled for there are many mansions in His Father’s house. “And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again and receive you to Myself; that where I am, there you may be also. And where I go you know, and the way you know.”
Jesus says, “I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through Me.” It’s hard for our finite minds to understand the Triune God. But the Trinity is God, Jesus, and the Holy Spirit. They all are God and there is only one God!
Jesus teaches the disciples about the Holy Spirit which He will pour upon them after He ascends to heaven. “If you love Me, keep My commandments. And I will pray the Father, and He will give you another Helper, that He may abide with you forever – the Spirit of truth, whom the world cannot receive, because it neither sees Him nor knows Him; but you know Him, for He dwells with you and will be in you.” ”But the Helper, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in My name, He will teach you all things, and bring to your remembrance all things that I said to you. Peace I leave with you, My peace I give to you; not as the world gives do I give to you. Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid.”
The Holy Spirit working within the disciples will allow them to produce fruit for the kingdom of God. Jesus tells His disciples, “You did not choose Me, but I chose you and appointed you that you should go and bear fruit, and that your fruit should remain, that whatever you ask the Father in My name He may give you.”
More from Jesus tomorrow. Keep reading.
(John 13:31-38, Mark 14:27-31, Matthew 26:31-35, Luke 22:31-38, John 14:1-15:17)