John 13:36-14:11 | The Chaos and Confusion of the In-Between
John 13:36-14:11 | The Chaos and Confusion of the In-Between
October 1, 2023 |
Sunday Morning
John 13:36-14:11 | The Chaos and Confusion of the In-Between
John C. Majors |
John 13:36-14:11
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Well, good morning, Valley View. How’s everyone today? As a rich time of worship, there is some truth there that were powerful for me this morning. I hope that just kind of help set the pattern for your own heart as we dive into God’s Word. You know, that’s that’s the source of truth in this life. Where else are you going to find truth in this world? There’s a lot of things that claim to be true. There’s a lot of things that people tell you. You’ve got to do it this way. You’ve Got to believe this thing. And that changes every year. By the way, this is an eternal, everlasting holy standard of truth that you can go to time and again in the midst of every confusion. We’re going to see some confusion today because we’ve all encountered some confusing moments. In fact, as I looked at this passage, we’re going to study today. I’ve mentioned this before, but I might bring it to your attention again. That whole expedition of Sir Ernest Shackleton, one where he wanted to be the first expedition to cross Antarctica. This was 1914, and we’re not 100% sure whether AD actually appeared in the paper or not. But I’ve shown you this before. He put this apparently put this ad in the paper Men wanted for hazardous journeys, small wages, bitter cold, long months of complete darkness, constant danger, safe return, doubtful honor and recognition in event of success. And apparently he couldn’t keep them away from his door wanting to be a part of this journey, of this excitement, of this chance to do something historic, even with all the danger. Now, of course, here they are. Here’s a picture of them as they’re beginning their journey. Here’s the boat, here’s the crowds waving. Here’s everyone excited. It’s probably still warm where they are. Everything’s comfortable. The food’s probably still good. Now, here they are three months later and their boat is trapped in ice, completely surrounded. In fact, that’s where they will stay for the next eight months, stuck in ice. And every night they’re hearing the creaking and groaning of the ship as the ice presses and further. And you got to wonder, they’re in this in-between moment of wondering what’s going to happen? How’s this thing going to turn out? This isn’t what we signed up for. What we signed up for was to get at least on the continent of Antarctica. They got within sight to the ice, swept them away. We didn’t sign up for this. What’s going to happen? How is this going to end up? Do we stay here, try to wait it out? Is someone going to come rescue us? Do we leave the boat behind? What do we do? I’m guessing you’ve been stuck in some of those in-between moments in life where you’re not quite sure you signed up for something and you’re not quite sure where it’s going. Now Things are shifting, Things are changing. And I think something that’s natural in that moment. In fact, you’ll often hear people maybe you’ve had a hard time in life and you’ll hear phrases like, you know, I know I’m not supposed to question God, but I’m wondering what’s going on here. And I know what people mean by that. But also questions in those moments are natural. In fact, we’re going to see today with the disciples, they’ve got some questions about what’s going on here, about where this thing is headed. And Jesus doesn’t humiliate them. He doesn’t say, how dare you question me? No, he engages with them in some interesting ways. So we’re going to be in John chapter 13, looking at how did the disciples respond to these in-between moments, these moments of confusion, these moments of questioning? We’re covering the end of John Chapter 13 and going into John Chapter 14. In fact, if you would throw that passage up on the screen so they can see where we’ll be. Page 847 If you have a church Bible, those are out in the connection corner. If you don’t have a Bible, we’d love for you to have a Bible. Those are free for you. Page numbers on the screen, tie in to that specific Bible. Not every Bible in here will be on the same page are so many different versions and styles, but that Bible will tie in to the page numbers on the screen to make it easy for you to find any passages we point toward. But what we’re going to see in here is we’re going to see three disciples and four questions. We’re going to get three different perspectives from three different disciples. We see their different personalities coming out and four questions and how Jesus responds. So first, let’s look at Peter. Peter shows up first look with me, verse 36. SIMON Peter said to him, Lord, where are you going? Jesus answered him, Where I am going, You cannot following now, but you will follow me afterward. Peter said to him, Lord, why can I not follow you now? I’ll lay down my life for you, Jesus answered. Will you lay down your life for me? Truly, truly, I say to you, The rooster will not crow to you have denied me three times what we’re going to see here with Peter’s questions. First, we’re going to look at the actual questions separately. Then we’ll get into Jesus’s responses to the questions. And the first question Peter asks is, where are you going now? This question is in response to what Jesus said just a few verses earlier. It’s been a few weeks since we looked at that. I stepped aside and looked at Jesus’s final, final words. Andrew looked at the whole theme of Abide and Psalm 91 last week for us. Thank you, Andrew. That was fantastic. But this phrase where he asks, Where are you going? This goes back to verse 33 where Jesus said to them, Look back just a couple of verses, little children, which would have been an affectionate term. It wouldn’t have been belittling like calling grown man children in this context. It would have been an affectionate term. A little while I’m with you, you will seek me, just as I said to the Jews. So now I also say to you where I am going, you cannot come now. We have to kind of put put ourselves in Peter’s shoes here and imagine how this would have landed on him, because after that, he says, and by the way, there’s a new commandment, love one another. People will know you’re my disciples by this, but you have to step back and go, How is this going to land on the disciples? I mean, think about Shackleton in his context here they are floating on the ice that after eight months, let’s say one day he gathers them up. Guys, let’s get together. Everybody come on out of the boat. I have have some news for us. I just want you to know I’m going away. I’m going somewhere. You can’t come. But I want you all to keep loving one another, love one another. Well, that’s all. Take care. Can you imagine what they’d be thinking? First of all, where are you going? What is going to walk off on the ice? But who do you have? Some secret helicopters which haven’t been invented or something that’s going to come rescue you and leave us behind? By the way. Wait a second. That’s not what we signed up for. Do you remember that whole advertisement about danger and glory? The you’re a part of that. And so Peter, where are you going? Okay, When I signed up for this, I signed up for either Glorious revolution. We’re going to run out the Romans, we’re going to take over. This is going to be just like the Maccabees or we’re reestablish the Jewish nation. You that or glorious death, memorable death. But what he didn’t sign up for was the leader sneaking off and giving up in the middle of the night. I’m where I’m going. You can’t come. What do you mean, I can’t come? What are you talking about? Try to picture the confusion. Not just the confusion, but feeling like all of a sudden everything is changing. Everything is falling apart. Where are you going? Where could you possibly be going in this moment? So that’s his first question. Second question, though, was verse 37. Just look back there again. Why can’t I follow you now? I’ll lay down my life for you. This is on the milder end of how he says it in Matthew and Luke. In fact, in Matthew, he says, you can put the passages up on the screen if you want to look those up later, but I’ll just quote them in. Matthew, he says, Though they all fall away. I’ll never fall. Everyone else might slink off in the night, might give up on you, not me. And then he also says, I am ready to go with you to prison and to death. I’ll lay down my life no matter what it takes. I’m there, I think, in Peter’s questions. What? We are just starting to get a glimpse of with him. And I think what he’s doubling down on in the midst of this confusion is his confidence. And we’ve seen that Peter is a very confident guy and he’s doubling down on that, although think we could add some phrases when we look at it, we might step back and say it’s more of an impatient overconfidence. I it’s this moment of no, I know I’m right and I’m getting hints that I might not be right, but I’m going to double down on my rightness. Have you ever been there ever found yourself doing that? I remember kind of a silly example. I was had this group of guys I was working on a project with and we were running behind just a tad, so we knew we needed to kind of catch up, spend some extra time on this. And I said, All right, guys, it’s near the end of the month. We need to meet. Let’s set this next meeting. Let’s go meet on the 30th. And we got to get together. We got to keep momentum forward on this. One of the guys looks at me and goes, Are you sure you want to meet on the 30th? Yeah. Why are you questioning me? I’m setting the meeting, of course, the 30th. And then he kind of looked at me again, this time with a little bit of a smile on his face. Are you sure you want to meet on the 30th? Yes. What’s your problem? Well, John, let me know what alternate universe we’re going to meet, because this is February. I know that everybody knows that the 30th in February is really the 3rd of March. Right? I knew that. Don’t bother me with details. Doubling down on my super confidence. We’ve all been there. That’s a silly example. You’ve been there in other situations. Don’t question me. I know I’m right. Even though you’re presenting some interesting facts that I won’t let on that I might be acknowledging may be true. Don’t question me and Peter, we see just a little bit in his questions, some of this overconfidence. But let’s look now at how Jesus responds to this, because we all know how we to respond to people in that moment, especially when you know you’re winning and you see them doubling down on their confidence or you just want to stick that knife in a little further, let them feel that pain a little longer. But let’s look at how Jesus responds. He doesn’t, by the way, ignore Peter’s overconfidence. In fact, the way he responds to start with is with truth. He doesn’t ignore the reality. He starts with truth. Look back at his responses. Verse 36 Jesus answered him, Where I am going, you cannot follow me now, but you will follow afterward. Peter, you don’t quite understand yet. You will follow me. Not in the way you think. Not at the time. You think. But you will follow me. And in John, we often see these double meanings. You’re going to follow me. Meaning? Peter will be one of his most passionate followers in the fullest sense. What it means to follow Christ in the fullest sense of what it means to tell the world about Him. And he will follow him in death. Not in the way that Peter thought, not at the time that Peter thought. But there will come a moment, and I think we can all say, if you’ve been a Christian any amount time you’ve seen God work in your life, not in the way you thought he would, not at the time you thought he would, but it was the right time. It was the right way. And even though you look back and didn’t understand it, so Jesus starts with truth and it gives him another truth. By the way, when Peter says, I’ll lay down my life for you, Jesus says, Will you lay down your life for me? And there’s a hint here of, Oh, Peter, you really don’t get it. You think you need to lay down your life for me, whereas you desperately need me, Jesus, to lay down my life for you. You’ve got a completely backwards. And in fact, not only will you not lay down your life for me, you’ll do the opposite. What does he say to him? The rooster will not crow till you have denied me three times. You think this is a little bit like the American Idol auditions where the guy comes in? All my friends say I’m the best singer he’s ever met. And then Simon Cowell goes, You’re literally the worst singer I’ve ever heard. Like the drastic gap between them. Here’s Peter. I’m your main dude. Even if everybody else falls away, I’m here. And Jesus says, Actually, no, you’re going to you’re going to deny me. And Peter’s silence here is a bit ominous. Peter doesn’t respond in this moment. You’ve got to be wondering if he’s thinking back to Jesus. Say one of you will betray me and I think in this moment it’d be hard to slice. So finally, between betray and deny, I think those are two very similar words. Speaking of ominous, some ominous hum in the background, it would be hard to really know. Is he talking about me? Does he think I’m the guy that’s going to betray him? Is that what he’s saying? I don’t know. I’m just going to keep quiet. Now, what Jesus does here, though, it’s really interesting. Yes, He responds with truth, but he also responds with comfort. He gives him the truth, but it gives him a comfort. And what a beautiful pairing, by the way. I mean, how often when someone needs to correct you, they need to deal with the truth. They can’t ignore the reality. But if you do it with grace, if you do it with a comfort, if you do it with a kindness, I’m going to listen to that. I’ll receive that. That shows that you care. You’re coming with truth because you care not just to stick the knife in and watch me squirm, but because you care. You want to see me grow, you want to see us grow. And so let’s look at how Jesus responds with a comfort. Look at verse one in chapter 14. Let not your hearts be troubled. Believe in God, Believe also in me. So I love how He responds here. We’ve seen this word trouble over and over again. We saw that Jesus was troubled in his soul. He was troubled in his spirit. Now he’s speaking of there being trouble in your heart. And he just starts by acknowledging the reality that this is a troubling moment. Jesus, you say you’re leaving us. We thought we were going all the way to the end. What’s going on? Were confused. Look, don’t be troubled, but I love that opening word. Let not your heart be troubled. And how many times when we find ourselves in a place where our hearts are deeply disturbed and troubled and anxious and distraught? How many times, in fact, I would say every time that’s happened, because we’ve allowed our thoughts, we’ve let our thoughts run amuck. We’ve let them go crazy. You can’t blame anyone else for your own thoughts. I can blame a lot of people for a lot of things, but no one chooses my thoughts for me. Of course there are environmental things. Of course there are things around you that may prompt thoughts, but you always have a choice whether you dwell on that or not. In fact, it takes, it takes skill, it takes intentionality, it takes wisdom to redirect your thoughts the right way instead of just letting them go where they may. It’s the same discipline it takes in parenting. We don’t just let our kids go whatever way they want. We all know how that ends up. Now we step in, we direct with God, we engage, we’re there, we’re intentional. It’s not easy. It’s hard. It’s not fun. But you know that it’s important. You know that it’s worth it. I’ve been rereading a book by Marcus Aurelius. He was a Roman emperor in the late 100 A.D. He was also known and sometimes called the philosopher King because many of his journal entries and writings were more deep philosophical reflections, not the kind of things you expect from the Emperor and his book. I mean, it still reads today like something that could have been written very recently. It’s kind of like his reflections on how to live a good life. What does it mean to live a good life? He’s weighing out all the different philosophies of the time, and I ran across this passage this week as I was reading, and I’m going to throw the quote up on screen because it relates to this concept perfectly. Your mind will come to resemble your frequently repeated thoughts because it takes on the hue of its thoughts. Dye your mind, then dye your mind. Therefore, I thought, What an interesting way to say that Dye your mind saturate your mind, stain your mind and whatever you stain it with, whatever you saturated in, that’s what it will come to resemble. In fact, I found that word choice so interesting that I thought, I need to look up this word. What’s behind this word? Dye? Because he he actually even though he was Roman, he wrote in Greek. And I looked at that word dye, and it’s the word and you’re going to hear a familiar word in this. The root word behind it is the word baptism. What does that sound like to you baptize? It’s where we get our word baptized. It has the same idea. And the beautiful part of that idea, no one gets baptized on accident. I mean, no one accidentally stumbles into the baptismal pit up there. You’ve got to find it. First of all, someone has to take you there. You’ve got to get here early. It’s great intentionality to be saturated, to be soaked, to have your mind stained through. So he gives this comfort, baptize. Let not your hearts be troubled. Instead, here’s what he says. Here’s the counteract to that. In fact, in your time when you find yourself stressed, overwhelmed by thoughts, overwhelmed with fears, this is the verse to come to you because you want to know the antidote to that? Look in verse 14 Once again, let not your hearts be troubled. One word belief. Believe in God. Believe also in me. Believe That’s the word. That is the theme of this whole book. John uses it 90 different times in this book. Believe, believe, believe, keep coming back to Christ in the midst of your anxiety. In the midst of the confusion. I had a friend recently, a few years back now, who was he was overwhelmed, distraught about. He started going to a new church, started to encounter some theological ideas he hadn’t considered before, and it really left him disturbed and struggling. And I said to him, I think what you need to do in this season is to just spend some time with Jesus and just spend some time reading the Gospels, saturating your mind with the Gospels. Because here’s the reality. A lot of times we let ideas overwhelm us and we forget about the person, we forget about the relationship. And so get to know Jesus in that season. That’s why this coming year, every year, we try to do a Bible reading plan as a church. The first year here we did the whole Bible, read through the whole Bible. This year we’re doing New Testament, Psalms and Proverbs, which, by the way, if you’re not on some kind of Bible reading plan, pick up a copy of that. Start today. It’s October 1st. Make it your goal. I’m not going to miss a day for the rest of the year of reading the Bible and forget about the rest of it. Don’t try to catch up. Just start on October 1st. You’re going to get the gospels. You’re going to you’re going to get at least one gospel in the Book of Luke. You’re going to get some of the epistles, you’re going to get the Book of Revelation. You’re going to get a really interesting snapshot of Scripture, what we’re going to do next year. And we started broadly with the whole Bible came down New Testament, Psalms, Proverbs. Next year, we’re going to go even less and focus just on the gospel songs and proverbs. You talk about slowing down, reading smaller chunks, meditating, especially on Christ Life next year. But in the midst of the confusion, we got to run toward him. Now, he says, Believe in me. What’s really interesting, though, is in these next couple of verses, he gives three ways to do that. Three specific thoughts to Die your Mind with here in the next couple of verses. Look at verse two and we’ll see this first one. Let not your hearts be trouble. Believe in God. Believe also in me, in my father’s house, our many rooms. If it were not so, would I have told you that I go to prepare a place for you? The first idea to die your mind with is there is a place for you. He does have a place for you. I got to tell you, there’s so many times when you’re overwhelmed with the stress of the in-between and you wonder, where is he? You wonder, Do I have a place with him? Does he care about me? Saturate your mind with the truth that he has gone to prepare a place for you? The place, in fact, some translations might say in my father’s house are many mansions. A lot of translations say that the root word behind that just means room means really abode dwelling place. That word mansions comes from the Latin. The Latin word for dwelling is mansions, which doesn’t mean mansions, it just looks like mansions. Which is interesting because this this last verse we saying nothing else. Nothing else. I just want you. I’m caught up in your presence too many times. The sentiment of that verse was too many times. I get focused on what benefits you might bring me rather than you. If you’re picture of heaven, the glory of it is the mansion itself. Even if there is a mansion, I can tell you whatever room is in his house is going to be more glorious than any mansion here. But the point isn’t about the room, about the building, about the stuff. The point is his presence. That’s the glory getting closer to him. And so we have a place. That’s the first thing to saturate your mind with today, your thoughts with. But second, look at verse three and if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again and I will take you to myself that where I am, you may also be I have a place. And number two, I will return. I’m coming back. Go back to Shackleton. He did gather up his guys and say, Guys, he actually did say this. I’m taking off. Okay. I don’t know about the loved one another part or not, but I’m taken off. Here’s how he left, by the way. I’m going to take this dingy old boat. In fact, we kind of put two boats together and I got two other guys who were going with me. We got to find help. And they took about a thousand mile journey across the Arctic Ocean to go find help. By the way, this great book called Endurance, that was the name of the boat. Every one of them made it out to years floating on the ice in the Arctic Ocean. Every one of them was rescued, he says, Guys, I’m going. I am going to leave and I’ll be back. I will return. I have a place I will return. And then number three, look at number three and verse four. And these are all comforts that he is bringing in the midst of bringing truth. And, you know, the way to where I am going. I have a place I will return. And you know, the way no matter how lost you feel, no matter how confused, no matter how alone you might feel in the midst of the in-between moments, it’s so reassuring to hear him say here, you know the way you do and you may not know it perfectly. We may not follow him perfectly. But if you know him, you know the way. So that’s Peter’s questions. And Peter had the most questions. So he gets the most time. But now we see two other disciples still, Thomas had a question as well. So let’s look at Thomas. This question. Thomas this question comes in verse five. Look at verse five. Thomas This question. Thomas said to him, Lord, we do not know where you are going. How can we know the way Thomas is often painted as the doubter, the skeptic? And when we saw him in Chapter 11, we saw he’s also loyal. Thomas, I’ll go to die with you. But here he has a really interesting question. And I think what this points out here is some of what’s going on naturally. So, by the way, is confusion okay with Peter, it was confidence or overconfidence with Thomas, we see some confusion. What are you talking about? The fourth, How are we going to go? You said, Lord, we did not know where you’re going. How can we know the way? What do you mean we know the way? We don’t even know where we’re going to end up. How can you plot a course on the map if you don’t know where you want to go? And again, Jesus responds to this, in truth, in comfort. Same with Peter. Truth and comfort. Truth and comfort. Look at how he responds to them. Look over seven, six, Look at four, six. Jesus said to him, I am the way, the truth and the life. No one comes the father except through me. You know the way you know the way because you know me. Jesus says to him I am the way Jesus says I am. The way the truth, the life meaning I’m not just good advice. I’m not just a great moral example. I’m the way that you find the way in life I am the means of finding truth. It is through me that you find life to its fullest, not just knowing about him, but knowing him. And I love this verse because there is a positive no me, you know, life. But then there’s a negative the second half of verse six. No one comes to the father except through me. No one comes to the Father except through Jesus. And if there’s a verse that is the most beloved verse for many Christians is probably John 316 that’s a safe one to put up on a poster board in a football stadium. And if there’s a verse in our culture today, that’s got to be the most hated, it’s probably going to be this one. What do you mean? How dare you say that? Jesus is the only way? How can you be so arrogant and narrow minded to say that he is the only way you really think that every billions of other people are wrong? How dare you? It’s a challenging reality. Jesus says that if that’s where you are, when you hear that and you have some of those responses, I want to share just a couple two quick responses to that. These aren’t meant to cover it all. I spent months and even years pondering this personally in college when I was first faced with this reality. I mean, when you think that billions of people aren’t Christians and by the way, the main reason you follow any faith is because of your parents. Statistically, one of the worst ideas to encounter in college is that somehow you’ve been tricked into becoming your parents without realizing it. Right. Hold on. Wait a second. No, no, no, no. This can’t be right. If it was their idea. Right, you immediately. And I’m stepping back and going, Emma and sincerely, I’m asking, So am I only a Christian because my parents were. Am I only a Christian because I was born and raised in the south end of Louisville, Kentucky, and America, where we’re Christians? Is that is that how shallow my faith is? I’m going to give two again, brief responses to this. It’s not meant to answer it all. If it’s not satisfying to you, keep digging in. There are other good responses to this year’s number one. How do you know there is not only one way? How can you be sure? There’s not only one way to God? I mean, our modern sentiment is there’s as many ways as you want. How can you be sure? I mean, if there is a God, wouldn’t he have the right to decide how many ways there was to him? And that may be just one way, but if not, then who decides how many ways there are? Whoever that is, is God the person who says no? Here are the right number of ways to Him. That person is playing the role of God. That’s one response. Second, do all religions really provide equal paths to God? So if there are hundreds, dozens, endless ways, are they all really equal paths to God? Can you say that? Let’s take maybe the top two other world religions, Islam. If you decide that Islam is the right way to God, is that really the same as that on equal footing with the guy who said, drink the Kool-Aid and wait for the comment to come? Very sincerely. Are those equal? And if not, why? And who decides? Do you decide that this one’s okay and this one’s not? That puts you in the role of God. So either way, you got challenging questions to ask. Okay, if it’s Hindu, but Hitler believed this stuff really sincerely. Why is he why do we decide he’s wrong? But others aren’t? It’s a difficult, challenging topic to wrestle with. The reality is. But Jesus makes the statement. And I got to tell you, the comfort for me in the midst of wrestling with this was knowing that at least there is a way. The fact that the God of this universe would allow a path back to him when we have rebelled against him was of great comfort to me. And knowing that that is in a person in Jesus who died on my behalf, I don’t have to earn my way to him. I just simply confess. Yes, Lord, I was wrong. Please forgive me of my sins. Lord, please come into my life. I want to know you. I want to know the way, the truth. I want to know real life in you. And so he responds to Thomas with truth. I’m the way, the truth, the life. And I’m the only way. But then it gives him a comfort. Look at verse seven. If you had known me, you would have known my father also. And from now on, you do know him and have seen him. Thomas You’re not seen at all. But I promise you do you do know him? You do know the way. Take assurance in that you know, in the month of October, we memorize a verse as a church every month. Whether you realized it or not. You do. I promise, John 14 six is our memory verse four next month, which I just read on the way The truth in life no one comes the Father but through me. But the song that we memorized that with, There’s a Scripture memory song every month that makes it easy to memorize. Also tags on first John, five, 11 and 12. This is the testimony that God gave us eternal life and that life is in His son. Whoever has the son has life. Whoever does not have the son does not have life. Whoever has the son has life, he gives him assurance and dwelling, dying your mind with the reality that if I know him, I have life also brings comfort. So that’s Thomas confused in this moment. Peter was doubling down on his confidence, and now we get Philip our last disciple, with a question. Look at verse eight. Philip said to him, Lord, show us the Father. And it is enough for us. I think Philip, in his question, we see someone who wants clarity. Just give us a glimpse of clarity. If in fact you’ve been in these moments, would you just spell it out for me? Lord, just make it all clear, please, if you would. Exactly. Show me what’s going to happen, then I’ll trust you. In fact, I remember seeing a a debate with a Christian and an atheist, and they had gone back and forth over the course at the time. And finally, you can tell the atheist is just getting fed up with it all. And he says, Look, look, look, listen. If you want me to believe in him, I would believe in God. If, as you said, he’s going to do someday, if he would come down in all his glory and he’s being very sarcastic and all his followers are laughing in this moment and and in his big golden chariot and all demanding and glorious and large. If he came like that, of course I believe in him, of course. But he doesn’t. And of course, everyone kept laughing, clapping, cheering him on and the absurdity of it all. And the Christian just waited till it all down, down, died down. And he said in a very somber tone, he said, you know what? This is hard to say, but the reality is you wouldn’t you wouldn’t. Evidence isn’t the issue. In fact, Romans one from the beginning of time, the creation of the world, God’s evidence made known to them. It’s the heart you’ve already decided you’ll have no other God than yourself. Sometimes we want clarity. Even when there’s a glimpse of clarity in front of us, we just don’t want to see it. In fact, look at how Jesus responds to Philip because he responds to Philip with truth as well. Jesus, just show us. The Father will will believe. Here’s how Jesus responds to that. Verse nine Have I been with you so long? And you still do not know me? Philip, Whoever has seen me has seen the father. How can you say show us the father? Do you not believe that I am in the father and the father is in me? These words that I say to you, I do not speak on my own authority, but the father who dwells in me does his works. He says to him, How have I been with you this long? You’re asking to see the father and you haven’t realized you’ve already seen him through me. And I think for all of us, when we’re in those moments where there’s the confusion or in the in-between time, we’re not sure which way things are going. And we just want clarity. Come back to Jesus, believe, believe in him. In fact, that’s how he ends this section. It’s the same. He started the chapter, it’s the same way he ends. Look at this last verse, verse 11. Believe me, that I am in the father, the father is in me, or else I believe on account of the works themselves, believe, believe, believe. And as I said at the beginning of the service today, I don’t know what burden you’re carrying today. I don’t know what fears have overwhelmed you. That’s normal to happen. And we’ve all done it at times. We’ve all let our thoughts run off. What if this happens? What if that happens? Believe die your mind with the truth that we’ve run across today. Sustain your mind, baptize your brain with the truth of Scripture, that He has a place he will return. And you know the way let’s pray God, we thank you for this morning. We thank you for the gospel. We thank you that in you we have the way, the truth, the life that we can have, assurance of eternal life. Thank you for the testimony we have in you that the life is in the sun. Lord, I pray today you would get it. Give each of us the courage to lay down whatever it is that we’re carrying. Whatever fear, whatever anxiety, whatever struggle. Or may we lay it down before you today. Walk in, you trust you fully believe you and watch you work in amazing ways this week. Jesus, we love you. We pray all this in your name. Amen.