25 “I have said these things to you in figures of speech. The hour is coming when I will no longer speak to you in figures of speech but will tell you plainly about the Father. 26 In that day you will ask in my name, and I do not say to you that I will ask the Father on your behalf; 27 for the Father himself loves you, because you have loved me and have believed that I came from God. 28 I came from the Father and have come into the world, and now I am leaving the world and going to the Father.”
29 His disciples said, “Ah, now you are speaking plainly and not using figurative speech! 30 Now we know that you know all things and do not need anyone to question you; this is why we believe that you came from God.”
Jesus came to be known and to make the Father known. Until Jesus came God was a God who was feared and love to Him was commanded but seldom personalized. David, the great Psalmist (hymnwriter) of Israel, understood the love of God and loved God in return. He was called, “the man after God’s own heart.” But most of the Old Testament people only feared God because they constantly rejected Him by rebelling against Him thus facing God’s wrath for their sin. So often was their rebellion and God’s chastening that people call the God of the Old Testament an angry God.
Jesus came to show us that God is not angry but God is longsuffering and patient. He longs to show His love, mercy and grace to all people. Jesus came to show us the Father through acts of compassion and love throughout His earthly ministry. By the end of His time, Jesus could say that the Father loved the apostles and they would believe Him.
Jesus also taught the apostles to go the Father on their own. God the Father is approachable! No, I do not need to go through Mary or any dead saint to get to God; He is approachable because He loves me. For God to love me means that God must first know me, and He does. He sent His Son to bear my sin, what other good thing would the Father possibly withhold from me? He who sent the Son out of love still loves and hears me when I pray to Him. As Jesus said, this is plain teaching. Through this plain teaching we can know with assurance that Jesus did come from God and that all that He said was true.
Someone said yesterday that America has been pulled away from the edge of the cliff. The conservative people of the country have exercised their rights as American citizens and have spoken against the movement away from conservative values. We are still on the edge of a moral cliff. Sin is still tolerated and even promoted. Abortion is still happening every day in most US cities. The government is still spending more than it is taking in. As much as we prayed for God to lead our country through this election, we must pray more for God to bring us away from that cliff edge of continued moral decline. However, moving away from moral decline requires confession of sin, repentance and a turning back to godly righteousness. We will continue to pray for the salvation of the Trumps and the Clintons and of those who are in positions of influence so that they may lead the nation in repentance and revival back to God.
Have a great day in the Lord,