This painting, by Albrecht Dürer, made in 1511, measures about four feet square, plus the rounded top. Notice the curious signature with a small self-portrait of the painter, and that he ascribes it to "the 1511th year after the virgin birth." The painting is held in Vienna at the Kunsthistorisches Museum. Though it is not directly related to John chapter 14, the concept of the universal work of the Holy Spirit is clear. Jesus, with the Father and the Spirit, are front and center. Around them, apparently partakers of the resurrection and ascension, are a countless multitude, people from all walks of life, virtually all entirely focused on the presence of God.
Book - John (there are many different "books" in the one book of the Bible),
Chapter - Normally found as a big numeric heading. John has 21 chapters,
Verse - a segment usually about a sentence long.
The chapter and verse markings were added to the text as a handy index about 800 years ago. They are the same in virtually every different translation.
Here's a link to John chapter 14. You can also compare the text in several different languages and translations.
If you want a copy of John's Gospel in print, we're happy to meet you around the Mizzou campus and put one into your hand!
1. In John 14 Jesus has told his disciples he is going away. Review the progress of the chapter. Where is Jesus going? What is his purpose?
2. Based on Jesus' departure and his statements, how does he intend his disciples to react to what he is doing? What attitude do we generally show?
3. What are the important distinctions that show up in John 14 between the disciples of Jesus and everyone else in the world? What overall difference do those distinctions make in life?
4. Why does John think the giving of the Holy Spirit is a great comfort? How do you understand the work of the Holy Spirit?
Be sure to ask your questions and share your ideas in the comments for this post!