To show us the Father
John 1:16-18 (NLT) 16 From his abundance we have all received one gracious blessing after another. 17 For the law was given through Moses, but God’s unfailing love and faithfulness came through Jesus Christ. 18 No one has ever seen God. But the one and only Son is himself God and is near to the Father’s heart. He has revealed God to us.
Jesus came to show us what the Father is like.
John 14:1-5 (NLT) 1 “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?”
“Where we are going….”
Misconceptions about heaven….
“Heaven is more than a place in the cosmos, it’s a place in the family.”
“The Son of God became a man to enable men to become sons
of God.” ― C. S. Lewis, Mere Christianity
“Home is not a place we go to it is a people we belong to!”
Ephesians 2:19 (NIV) You are no longer foreigners and aliens, but fellow citizens with God's people and members of God's household.
John 14:6-11 (NLT) 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.
John 14: 6 “I am the way, the truth, and life. No one can come to the Father except through me.
“The way to the Father”
“Jesus provide the way to the Father so that we can learn the the truth of the Father, and experience the life of the Father.
What do we learn of the Father?
v 9.“You have seen me you have seen the Father”
If Jesus is the way to the father and Jesus reveals the Father. Then the way to the Father is also the way of the father….
1. We see his ways.
1 Corinthians 2:7-12 (NIV)"No eye has seen, no ear has heard, no mind has conceived what God has prepared for those who love him”(Isa 64:4):— 10 but God has revealed it to us by his Spirit. The Spirit searches all things, even the deep things of God. 11 For who among men knows the thoughts of a man except the man's spirit within him? In the same way no one knows the thoughts of God except the Spirit of God. 12 We have not received the spirit of the world but the Spirit who is from God, that we may understand what God has freely given us.
1 John 4:8 (NIV)…God is love.
How is love revealed?
-He is Good
Psalm 119:68 (NLT) You are good and do only good.
Romans 2:4 (NLT) 4 Don’t you see how wonderfully kind, tolerant, and patient God is with you? Does this mean nothing to you? Can’t you see that his kindness is intended to turn you from your sin?
-He is Gracious
Romans 5:8 (NLT) But God showed his great love for us by sending Christ to die for us while we were still sinners.
He is Giving
John 3:16-17 (NIV) 16 "For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life. 17 For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but to save the world through him.
He gave us this G-O-S-P-E-L
2. We know His Truth
“If your truth doesn’t line up with the truth then you have a lie.”
John 5:37-40 (NLT) 37 And the Father who sent me has testified about me himself. You have never heard his voice or seen him face to face, 38 and you do not have his message in your hearts, because you do not believe me—the one he sent to you. 39 “You search the Scriptures because you think they give you eternal life. But the Scriptures point to me! 40 Yet you refuse to come to me to receive this life.
“We have the Holy Spirit who is revealing and confirming the Truth about God.”
John 16:13 (NIV) But when he, the Spirit of truth, comes, he will guide you into all truth. He will not speak on his own; he will speak only what he hears, and he will tell you what is yet to come.
3. We experience His life.
John 10:10 (NKJV) The thief does not come except to steal, and to kill, and to destroy. I have come that they may have life, and that they may have it more abundantly.
If the devils mission is to steal, kill, and destroy then life is found when Jesus Restores, Resurrects, and Rebuilds.