Thursday, December 18, 2014

Jesus: The Answer to Every Problem

"8Philip saith unto him, Lord, shew us the Father, and it sufficeth us. 9Jesus saith unto him, Have I been so long time with you, and yet hast thou not known me, Philip? he that hath seen me hath seen the Father; and how sayest thou then, Shew us the Father?" (John 14: 8-9)

When we see Jesus, we find the answer to all our problems.

Yet like the disciples during Jesus' earthly ministry, many believers today look to someone or somewhere else for their answers.

In the fourteenth Chapter of the Gospel of John, Jesus answers every concern and question, with Himself:

"1Let not your heart be troubled: ye believe in God, believe also in me." (John 14:1)

He is the answer to our troubled hearts. We do not rely on ourselves, nor look to our limited understanding, but see more of Him working in (Colossians 1: 29) us and through us (Philippians 2:12-13), as well as around us (Romans 8: 31-32).

"2In my Father's house are many mansions: if it were not so, I would have told you. I go to prepare a place for you." (John 14: 2)

We do not have to worry about where we are going, because He has prepared the way, and now that Jesus has already died and is risen again, we know fully where we are today:

"But God, who is rich in mercy, for his great love wherewith he loved us, 5Even when we were dead in sins, hath quickened us together with Christ, (by grace ye are saved;) 6And hath raised us up together, and made us sit together in heavenly places in Christ Jesus:" (Ephesians 2: 4-6)

"3And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again, and receive you unto myself; that where I am, there ye may be also." (John 14: 3)

We have to remember that Jesus came to us when we were still sinners, and did not know or care that we needed a savior (Romans 5: 8). Today, do not try to come to Him, but know that He has come to you and lives in you.

"5Thomas saith unto him, Lord, we know not whither thou goest; and how can we know the way? 6Jesus saith unto him, I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me." (John 14: 5-6)

Notice that Jesus did not shame Thomas, who would later doubt His resurrection. Jesus more than answered the question, signaling that He was not going away from them, but would actually come to them, and be with them forever:

"1If ye then be risen with Christ, seek those things which are above, where Christ sitteth on the right hand of God. 2Set your affection on things above, not on things on the earth. 3For ye are dead, and your life is hid with Christ in God. 4When Christ, who is our life, shall appear, then shall ye also appear with him in glory." (Colossians 3:1-4)

When we don't know where to go or what to do, Jesus provides Himself as the answer. In fact, even before Philip asked, Jesus had already answered:

"7If ye had known me, ye should have known my Father also: and from henceforth ye know him, and have seen him." (John 14: 7)

What more can we draw from this revelation today? We do not need Jesus to show us more answers, but rather we need to be ready to see Him as the answer in every problem we face.

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