The departure of Jesus.

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Prayer:

Lord Jesus, one year is ending and another year is beginning. Forgive me for the sins of this past year and help me to follow you with my whole life in the new year.  Amen.

Devotion:

John 14:1-4

14 “Do not let your hearts be troubled. You believe in God; believe also in me. 2 My Father’s house has many rooms; if that were not so, would I have told you that I am going there to prepare a place for you? 3 And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come back and take you to be with me that you also may be where I am. 4 You know the way to the place where I am going.”

No one would ever be glad to hear Jesus say, “I’m going away.”  No one would ever glad to hear Jesus say, “I’m leaving.” 

The disciples would certainly not have been excited to hear that.  When Jesus said these words to his disciples, it was the night before he was betrayed.  This was a serious time and now Jesus was telling his disciples that he was going to leave them soon.  Yet, Jesus says, “Do not let your hearts be troubled.”

Let me make a list with you of the blessings that Jesus gives in his departure.  Some of them are in these verses; some of them we learn from other verses:

1)    He is going away to prepare a place for us in heaven.  How cool in that!?!  Jesus is getting a place in heaven ready just for us.  It’s so personal.  It’s a room for you! Jesus is getting his house ready so that we can live there with him.

2)    He promises that he will come back to get us when the time comes.  He won’t just leave us here; he will come back to get us to take us to his home in heaven.

3)    Jesus promises that he will send the Holy Spirit to us. He will teach us all kinds of things about God and his Word.  He will remind us of what Jesus teaches us.  He will give us strength from God (Look at John 14:16, 26; John 15:26; John 16:13-15.).

4)    Jesus promises to give us peace.  In fact, Jesus promises that we already have peace (Look at John 14:27.).

5)    Jesus will be with us always.  He will not be with us in the body like he was with the disciples during his ministry on earth.  But he does promise, “Surely, I will be with you always to the very end of the edge” (Matthew 28:20).

These are Jesus’ promises to you as you prepare to leave one year and to go into the next.

Additional Reading: John 14-16

Family Questions:

1.    When Jesus makes a promise, what does he always do?

2.    What is Jesus doing in heaven for you right now?

3.    How does Jesus keep his promises about the Holy Spirit coming?

4.    How does Jesus keep his promises about being with us always?

Going Deeper:

1.    Read John 14-16 and put a box around all the promises that Jesus makes to his disciples before he leaves (or write them down here). 

Prayer:

Draw us to thee, For then shall we

Walk in thy steps forever

And hasten on Where thou art gone

To be with thee, dear Savior.

 

Draw us to thee, Lord, lovingly;

Let us depart with gladness

That we may be Forever free

From sorrow, grief, and sadness.

 

Draw us to thee; Oh, grant that we

May walk the road to heaven!

Direct our way Lest we should stray

And from thy paths be driven.

 

Draw us to thee That also we

Thy heav'nly bliss inherit

And ever dwell Where sin and hell

No more can vex our spirit.

Draw us to thee Unceasingly;

Into thy kingdom take us.

Let us fore'er Thy glory share;

Thy saints and joint heirs make us.