Today’s Gospel contains powerful teachings that reveal the intimate relationship between God and humanity. These verses are part of a discourse where Jesus prepares his disciples for his departure, and he assures them that they will have a place in the Father’s house.
The passage begins with Jesus telling his disciples not to let their hearts be troubled and to believe in God and him. This statement is significant because it shows the inseparable relationship between God and Jesus. Jesus says that he is the way, the truth, and the life, and that no one can come to the Father except through him. This statement underscores the centrality of Jesus in our relationship with God. It also highlights the fact that salvation and eternal life are only possible through faith in Jesus Christ.
Jesus goes on to say that he and the Father are one and that whoever has seen him has seen the Father. This statement affirms Jesus’ divinity and his oneness with God. It also emphasizes the importance of knowing Jesus as a means of knowing God. Jesus then promises that those who believe in him will do the same works that he does and even greater works. This statement may seem paradoxical, but it suggests that believers will have access to the power of God through the Holy Spirit and will be able to accomplish great things in his name.
The passage concludes with Jesus telling his disciples that he will do whatever they ask in his name so that the Father may be glorified in the Son. This statement underscores the importance of prayer and the intimate relationship between believers and God. It suggests that our requests to God are not merely petitions but are an expression of our intimacy with him.
In conclusion, John reveals the intimate relationship between God and humanity. They show that Jesus is the way, the truth, and the life, and that we can only come to the Father through him. They also underscore the importance of knowing Jesus as a means of knowing God and the power of the Holy Spirit in accomplishing great things in his name. Finally, they highlight the importance of prayer and the intimate relationship between believers and God. As we reflect on these verses, let us remember that we are intimately involved in the life of God, and that our faith in Jesus Christ gives us access to his power and grace.
Fr Stephen Berecz