John 14:1-14 speaks to the fate of the disciples after Jesus leaves them and seeks to assure them that they will have a place with him in God’s house. Peter also speaks to the kind of future Christians can expect as God makes them into his own people. Both texts are saying that in the person of Jesus, believers have all they need to live in God’s presence and count him as a friend. However, those who look elsewhere than to Jesus have a very different fate.
The response of the early Christians to Jesus, and that of the disciples, mattered. Peter wrote that it meant the difference between honor and offense. Jesus said that those who believed in him would be able to accomplish even more than he did. In our own day, Christians need to grasp how very much like God they are, and the responsibility that comes with being like God.
Jesus’ solidarity with God is so complete that to see Jesus is to see the Father. The Christian’s solidarity with Jesus should be similarly complete. To see a mature Christian is to see Jesus — and to see Jesus is to see God. From his place of power and authority at the right hand of God, Jesus helps us to think and act like God.
Preached by the Rev. Jake Dell on May 14, 2017 at St. Stephen’s Church, Armonk, N.Y.