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17. THE WAY, THE TRUTH AND THE LIFE (John 14:1-11)

BACKGROUND: How many of us would have the presence of mind to think about the troubled hearts of others if we knew that we would be tortured and killed the next day?
  1. In your opinion, does a troubled heart and a downcast spirit show a lack of faith? Give your reasons (verse 1).
    • What makes you troubled today? (You can answer in your own heart.)
  2. What does verse 1 mean?
    • What facts must one believe concerning God or Jesus when one is worried?
  3. What does Jesus say about faith in these 11 verses? Look up all the places where this theme is mentioned.
  4. What do we learn about heaven through verses 2 and 3?
    • What does the first verse have to do with the second and the third?
  5. In what circumstances has heaven become important to you?
  6. What does Jesus mean by claiming "I am the way" (verse 6)?
    • What difference is there between someone saying “Here is the way”, and saying "I am the way"?
    • Why can’t anyone get to heaven except through Jesus?
  7. What does it mean that Jesus is "the truth and the life" (verse 6)?
  8. What do verses 7 to 11 teach us about the relationship between God and Jesus?
    • Why can’t anyone be a Christian unless they believe that Jesus is God?
  9. What were the disciples, to whom Jesus spoke all these words of encouragement, like (Cf. John 13:37-38, 14:5,8,9)?
    • Why had the disciples learned so little about both themselves and Jesus during the three years they had spent together?
  10. Jesus forbade his disciples to worry and yet he himself became overwhelmed with sorrow that very same night. (The leader may read Matt.26:37-38.) How can you explain this discrepancy between the words and deeds of Jesus in this case?
    • What was it that Jesus was afraid of in Gethsemane?
GLAD TIDINGS: Jesus was afraid of nothing else except God’s wrath and the wages of sin, which is death. Because he carried these things in our stead, he has the right to say to us, “Do not let your hearts be troubled. Trust in God; trust also in me.” Let these words be the special greeting from Jesus for you today.

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