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22 The disciples looked at each other, wondering
whom he could mean. 23 The disciple ­Jesus loved was
sitting next to ­Jesus at the table.* 24 Si­mon Pe­ter motioned to him to ask, “Who’s he talking about?” 25 So
that disciple leaned over to ­Jesus and asked, “Lord,
who is it?”
26 ­Jesus responded, “It is the one to whom I give
the bread I dip in the bowl.” And when he had dipped
it, he gave it to Ju­das, son of Si­mon Iscariot. 27 When
Ju­das had eaten the bread, Sa­tan entered into him.
Then ­Jesus told him, “Hurry and do what you’re going
to do.” 28 None of the others at the table knew what
­Jesus meant. 29 Since Ju­das was their treasurer, some
thought ­Jesus was telling him to go and pay for the
food or to give some money to the poor. 30 So Ju­das
left at once, going out into the night.
Jesus Predicts Peter’s Denial
31 As soon as Ju­das left the room, ­Jesus said, “The time
has come for the Son of Man* to enter into his glory,
and God will be glorified because of him. 32 And since
God receives glory because of the Son,* he will give
his own glory to the Son, and he will do so at once.
33 Dear children, I will be with you only a little longer.
And as I told the Jew­ish leaders, you will search for
me, but you can’t come where I am going. 34 So now I
am giving you a new commandment: Love each other.
Just as I have loved you, you should love each other.
35 Your love for one another will prove to the world
that you are my disciples.”
36 Si­mon Pe­ter asked, “Lord, where are you going?”
And ­Jesus replied, “You can’t go with me now, but
you will follow me later.”
37 “But why can’t I come now, Lord?” he asked. “I’m
ready to die for you.”
J ohn 1 4 : 1 2
38 ­Jesus answered, “Die for me? I tell you the truth,
Pe­ter—before the rooster crows tomorrow morning,
you will deny three times that you even know me.
Jesus, the Way to the Father
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“Don’t let your hearts be troubled. Trust in
God, and trust also in me. 2 There is more than
enough room in my Father’s home.* If this were not
so, would I have told you that I am going to prepare
a place for you?* 3 When every­thing is ready, I will
come and get you, so that you will always be with
me where I am. 4 And you know the way to where I
am going.”
5 “No, we don’t know, Lord,” Thom­as said. “We have
no idea 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 can come to the Father except through
me. 7 If you had real­ly known me, you would know
who my Father is.* From now on, you do know him
and have seen him!”
8 Phil­ip said, “Lord, show us the Father, and we will
be satisfied.”
9 ­Jesus replied, “Have I been with you all this time,
Phil­ip, and yet you still don’t know who I am? Anyone
who has seen me has seen the Father! So why are you
asking me to show him to you? 10 Don’t you believe
that I am in the Father and the Father is in me? The
words I speak are not my own, but my Father who
lives in me does his work through me. 11 Just believe
that I am in the Father and the Father is in me. Or
at least believe because of the work you have seen
me do.
12 “I tell you the truth, anyone who believes in me
will do the same works I have done, and even greater
13:23 Greek was reclining on Jesus’ bosom. The “disciple Jesus loved” was probably John. 13:31 “Son of Man” is a title Jesus used for himself. 13:32 Several early manuscripts
do not include And since God receives glory because of the Son. 14:2a Or There are many rooms in my Father’s house. 14:2b Or If this were not so, I would have told you that
I am going to prepare a place for you. Some manuscripts read If this were not so, I would have told you. I am going to prepare a place for you. 14:7 Some manuscripts read If you
have really known me, you will know who my Father is. 
PREPARATION John 14:3 During the interval of time
in the place of the original disciples of Christ? If we’re
not careful, I fear that most of us think of them as ­pious-
­looking monks, much like the statues that now grace the
great cathedrals and churches around the world. Whether
it is Saint Peter or Saint John or Saint Matthew or Saint
Thomas, most of the images of them in our minds are
images of holy and venerated saints of God.
With all due respect for these fine men of God, those
mental pictures are a far cry from who they really were.
In fact, if it had not been for the Spirit of God, they would
have left no impact whatsoever on this earth. They would
have passed into oblivion. These were everyday men who
ate that last meal with J­ esus—­mere men who, with the
Spirit in them, would change the world.
between our Lord’s departure from the earth and His return,
He is involved in two projects. One: to prepare a place for
His children. Two: to prepare His children for a place. He is
engaged right now in preparing heaven for His own. That’s
what’s happening away from our sight. But on this earth,
He is also engaged in preparing us for the life we will live in
eternity with Him.
GREATER WORKS John 14:12 Look at what this says!
“I’ve done great things,” Jesus reminds His disciples. “We
have done them together. You have seen them done. But I
say to you who are being left that when I leave, you’re going
to do even greater works than these.” Have you ever pondered that statement personally, ever allowed it to say what
it is really saying? “Even greater works.” How? Because
those who believe in Jesus will have the Holy Spirit and will
be taking the Good News to the entire world. That’s what
you and I are called to do.
LIVING INSIGHTS
MERE MEN John 13:22 Have you ever put yourself





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