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Series Theme: FRAMEWORKS: John's Gospel

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Frameworks: John's Gospel, chapter 14


(The objective of these ‘Frameworks' is to provide an easy-to-read layout of the text in order then to use these individual verses for verse-by-verse study or meditation. To focus each verse we have also added in italic a description of what is happening)




v.1-14 Jesus Comforts His Disciples

v.5-14 Jesus the Way to the Father

v.15-31 Jesus Promises the Holy Spirit



v.1-4 Jesus Comforts His Disciples


v.1 (Don't be troubled, just believe) “Do not let your hearts be troubled. You believe in God; believe also in me.

v.2 (I'm going to prepare a place for you) My Father's house has many rooms; if that were not so, would I have told you that I am going there to prepare a place for you?

v.3 (but I'll come back to get you) And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come back and take you to be with me that you also may be where I am.

v.4 (you know where that is) You know the way to the place where I am going.”



v.5-14 Jesus the Way to the Father


v.5 (how can we know) Thomas said to him, “Lord, we don't know where you are going, so how can we know the way?”

v.6 (a major declaration) Jesus answered, “I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.

v.7 (know me and you know my Father) If you really know me, you will know my Father as well.

v.8 (Philip asks) Philip said, “Lord, show us the Father and that will be enough for us.”

v.9 (again - see me and you see the Father) Jesus answered: “Don't you know me, Philip, even after I have been among you such a long time? Anyone who has seen me has seen the Father. How can you say, ‘Show us the Father'?

v.10 (we are one, hear me and hear the Father) Don't you believe that I am in the Father, and that the Father is in me? The words I say to you I do not speak on my own authority. Rather, it is the Father, living in me, who is doing his work.

v.11 (if you struggle to believe, believe the works) Believe me when I say that I am in the Father and the Father is in me; or at least believe on the evidence of the works themselves.

v.12 (if you believe in me you'll do these same works) Very truly I tell you, whoever believes in me will do the works I have been doing, and they will do even greater things than these, because I am going to the Father.

v.13 (ask and I'll do it in order to glorify my Father) And I will do whatever you ask in my name, so that the Father may be glorified in the Son.

v.14 (ask anything) You may ask me for anything in my name, and I will do it.



v.15-31 Jesus Promises the Holy Spirit


v.15 (let obedience be your sign of love) “If you love me, keep my commands.

v.16,17 (I'll ask for you and He's send the Spirit) And I will ask the Father, and he will give you another advocate to help you and be with you forever— the Spirit of truth. The world cannot accept him, because it neither sees him nor knows him. But you know him, for he lives with you and will be in you.

v.18 (I won't leave you alone) I will not leave you as orphans; I will come to you.

v.19 (soon the world won't see me – but you will) Before long, the world will not see me anymore, but you will see me. Because I live, you also will live.

v.20 (then you'll realise our unity) On that day you will realize that I am in my Father, and you are in me, and I am in you.

v.21 (the one who obey me is the one who loves me) Whoever has my commands and keeps them is the one who loves me. The one who loves me will be loved by my Father, and I too will love them and show myself to them.”

v.22 (the ‘other Judas' - why) Then Judas (not Judas Iscariot) said, “But, Lord, why do you intend to show yourself to us and not to the world?”

v.23 (obedience equals love, a place for us to dwell) Jesus replied, “Anyone who loves me will obey my teaching. My Father will love them, and we will come to them and make our home with them.

v.24 (those who don't love me don't obey) Anyone who does not love me will not obey my teaching. These words you hear are not my own; they belong to the Father who sent me.

v.25 (I've made sure you hear this while I'm with you) “All this I have spoken while still with you.

v.26 (when the Spirit comes, He will teach you) But the Advocate, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in my name, will teach you all things and will remind you of everything I have said to you.

v.27 (so my other-world peace I leave you) Peace I leave with you; my peace I give you. I do not give to you as the world gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled and do not be afraid.

v.28 (if you understand my going you'd we glad) “You heard me say, ‘I am going away and I am coming back to you.' If you loved me, you would be glad that I am going to the Father, for the Father is greater than I.

v.29 (I've given you this pre-warning) I have told you now before it happens, so that when it does happen you will believe.

v.30,31 (the enemy is coming so the world will see my obedience) I will not say much more to you, for the prince of this world is coming. He has no hold over me, but he comes so that the world may learn that I love the Father and do exactly what my Father has commanded me. “Come now; let us leave.