John 14:1-5 Bible Study
Why would their "hearts be troubled" (John 14:1)?
Jesus had just told them of His impending departure: "I shall be with you a little while longer... Where I am going, you cannot come" (John 13:33); Peter will deny Him: "Most assuredly, I say to you, the rooster shall not crow till you have denied Me three times" (John 13:38); and that one of them will betray Him: “Most assuredly, I say to you, one of you will betray Me.” (John 13:21).
Why does Jesus say, "You believe in God, believe
also in Me" (John 14:1)? Is He different from God?
As used above, kai, the Greek word translated "also" expresses emphasis. Jesus isn’t saying that He is apart from God, but telling them to focus their belief in God on Him.
Why does Jesus say that He will "go to prepare a
place" (John 14:2) for us at His "Father's house"?
He is comforting them with a portrayal whose love, commitment and hope they would have immediately understood - a bridegroom going away after the betrothal ceremony to prepare at his father's house the room for his bride. He is leaving them for a time but with the promise that a bridegroom would give to his bride: "I will come again and receive you to Myself; that where I am, there you may be also." (John 14:3)