The upper room discourse, Jesus comforts His Disciples, John 14:1-31


Jesus talked with His disciples during the Last Supper or last Passover or Seder.
This reading tells us about the conversations Jesus had to farewell his disciples.
They started in an upper room of a supporter’s house in the city of Jerusalem, during what has become known as The Last Supper even though it was the Last Passover Jesus had with his disciples. Later the same evening, Jesus and the disciples continued talking while they were on their way to the prayer spot in the garden of Gethsemane.

Death for Jesus was now only hours away. Yet He was still teaching this time about the person of the Holy Spirit that He was going to send to be with us forever, and how we are to love each other.

Jesus also talked about preparing a place for the disciples and those who also were to become disciples to live in Heaven.

Once again Jesus says He is going to His Father. Jesus has said many times and again here that his Father was God and He created the Heavens and the Earth.

Background Reading:

Jesus the Way to the Father

14:1 “Don’t let your hearts be troubled. Believe in God, believe also in me. 2 There are many rooms in my Father’s house. If there weren’t, I wouldn’t have told you that I am going away to prepare a place for you, would I? 3 And since I’m going away to prepare a place for you, I’ll come back again and welcome you into my presence, so that you may be where I am. 4 You know where I am going, and you know the way.”

5 Thomas asked him, “Lord, we don’t know where you are going, so how can we know the way?”

6 Jesus told him, “I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me. 7 If you have known me, you will also know my Father. From now on you know him and have seen him.”

8 Philip told him, “Lord, show us the Father, and that will satisfy us.”

9 “Have I been with you all this time, Philip, and you still do not know me?” Jesus asked him. “The person who has seen me has seen the Father. So how can you say, ‘Show us the Father’? 10 You believe, don’t you, that I am in the Father and the Father is in me? The words that I say to you I don’t speak on my own. It is the Father who dwells in me and who carries out his work. 11 Believe me, I am in the Father and the Father is in me. Otherwise, believe me because of what I’ve been doing. 12 Truly, I tell all of you emphatically, the one who believes in me will also do what I’m doing. He will do even greater things than these, because I’m going to the Father. 13 I’ll do whatever you ask in my name, so that the Father may be glorified in the Son. 14 If you ask me for anything in my name, I will do it.”

Jesus Comforts His Disciples by the Promise of the Helper

15 “If you love me, keep my commandments. 16I will ask the Father to give you another Helper, to be with you always. 17 He is the Spirit of truth, whom the world cannot receive, because it neither sees him nor recognizes him. But you recognize him, because he lives with you and will be in you. 18 I’m not going to forsake you like orphans. I will come back to you.

19 “In a little while the world will no longer see me, but you will see me. Because I live, you will live also. 20 At that time, you’ll know that I am in my Father, that you are in me, and that I am in you. 21 The person who has my commandments 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 him and reveal myself to him.”

22 Judas (not Iscariot) asked him, “Lord, how is it that you are going to reveal yourself to us and not to the world?”

23 Jesus answered him, “If anyone loves me, he will keep my word. Then my Father will love him, and we will go to him and make our home within him. 24The one who doesn’t love me doesn’t keep my words. The words that you’re hearing me say are not mine, but come from the Father who sent me.

25 “I have told you this while I am still with you. 26 But the Helper, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in my name, will teach you all things and remind you of everything that I have told you. 27 I’m leaving you at peace. I’m giving you my own peace. I’m not giving it to you as the world gives. So don’t let your hearts be troubled, and don’t be afraid. 28 You have heard me tell you, ‘I’m going away, but I’m coming back to you.’ If you loved me, you would rejoice that I’m going to the Father, because the Father is greater than I am. 29 I’ve told you this now, before I leave, so that when I do leave, you will believe. 30 I won’t talk with you much longer, because the ruler of this world is coming. He has no power over me. 31 But I’m doing what the Father has commanded me, to let the world know that I love the Father. Get up! Let us leave this place.”
John 14:1-31

More Information:

Jesus talked with his disciples in the upper room where they are eating The Passover meal, a full festival meal with wine, bitter herbs and salt which celebrates the escape from Egypt.

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