Dr. John Sung
THE TEN-COMPLETE PEACE OF THE CROSS
Vs 1 "Let not your heart be troubled: ye believe in God, believe also in me." These words were uttered by our Lord to the disciples before departure. As the cross is ten in Chinese, so I say this chapter contains a ten-complete peace.
Vs 2,3 “In 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. And 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." No. 1. Jesus prepares a heavenly home for us. We have an everlasting home. This home is perfect beyond all that the world offers. It is an everlasting peaceful place. We all have this hope for Christ is preparing it for us. We need sorrow no more.
Vs 4-6 "And whither I go ye know, and the way ye know Thomas saith unto him, Lord, we know not whither thou go; and how can we know the way? Jesus said unto him, I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man comes unto the Father, but by me." No. 2. Jesus prepared the heavenly way, so He instructs us about the journey. Jesus says, "Where I go, you know. Thomas asks, "How?" Jesus says, "I am the way." So our way is Jesus. When we ride a bus or sail a boat it is the bus or the boat that takes us to our destination. So it is Jesus that leads us, that plans each step of our way. Following Jesus what's there to worry? He is the way that surely leads to the heavenly home.
Vs 7-10 “If ye had known me, ye should have known my Father also: and from henceforth ye know him, and have seen him, Philip said unto him, Lord, show us the Father, and it sufficed us. Jesus said unto him, have I been so long time with you, and yet have you not known me, Philip? He that has seen me has seen the Father; and how says you then, Show us the Father? Believe you not that I am in the Father, and the Father in me? The words that I speak unto you I speak not of myself: but the Father that dwells in me, he does the works." No. 3. --- The loving Father. Not only the heavenly home, the heavenly way, but also the heavenly Father, the loving Father.
He comforts us. We need not fear. Many dare not come home or fear of Father reprimanding them. Our heavenly Father is a loving Father. His countenance is a loving one that inspires comfort in our hearts. Whenever I see my father's face I feel very happy, like seeing the heavenly Father's face. A believing father reflects the fact of the heavenly Father. "To see me is to see the Father, for the Father is in me and I in my Father." The Lord Jesus has the same characteristics and countenance as His Father. Seeing Jesus is seeing the Father. The loving face of the heavenly Father is manifested through Jesus.
Vs 11,12 “Believe me that I am in the Father, and the Father in me: or else believe me for the very works' sake. Verily, verily, I say unto you, He that believeth on me, the works that I do shall he do also, and greater works than these shall he do; because I go unto my Father." No. 4. Trusting the Father, we can do what others cannot do. So don't be afraid of not having eloquence, or education. Trusting Jesus we can do all things.
Vs 13,14 "And whatsoever you shall ask in my name, that will I do, that the Father may be glorified in the Son. If you shall ask any thing in my name, I will do it.” No. 5. We have no lack. By prayer we make up what we lack. Jesus grants our requests. Trusting Jesus we have everything.
Vs 15-17 "If you love me, keep my commandments. And I will pray the Father, and he shall give you another Comforter, that he may abide with you for ever; Even the Spirit of truth; whom the world cannot receive, because it sees him not, neither knows him: but you know him; for he dwells with you, and shall be in you." No. 6. --- The indwelling of the Holy Spirit. Jesus will not leave us orphans. He will send down the Holy Spirit to be our Comforter, to dwell forever with us. He will indwell us. So we are not alone. God will never forsake us. Let us be at ease!
Vs 18-21 "I will not leave you comfortless: I will come to you. Yet a little while, and the world sees me no more, but you see me: because I live, you shall live also. At that day you shall know that I am in my Father, and you in me, and I in you. He that has my commandments, and keeps them, he it is that loves me: and he that loves me shall be loved of my Father, and I will love him, and will manifest myself to him." No. 7. Jesus will manifest Himself to us and be with us. Like mother being together with her child and the child needs mother's embrace, so we have Christ's. Jesus says, "I will not leave you. The Holy Spirit is with you, so am I. Jesus is our Mother who will comfort us. We need not fear. Let's rejoice!
Vs 22-2 "Judas said unto him, not Iscariot, Lord, how is it that thou wilt manifest thyself unto us, and not unto the world? Jesus answered and said unto him, if a man loves me, he will keep my words: and my Father will love him, and we will come unto him, and make our abode with him. He that loves me not keeps not my sayings: and the word which ye hear is not mine, but the Father's which sent me." No. 8. The Father will also be with us. Jesus says, “The Father will be with us, in our hearts, His throne, His temple. What joy! Our hands, feet, eyes, ears, mouth, nose also are God's and holy. Paul says, "Know ye not ye are the temple of God?" So we must be holy bodily.
Vs 25-29 "These things have I spoken unto you, being yet present with you. But the Comforter, which is the Holy Ghost, whom the Father will send in my name, he shall teach you all things, and bring all things to your remembrance, whatsoever I have said unto you. Peace I leave with you, my peace I give unto you: not as the world gives, give I unto you. Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid. Ye have heard how I said unto you, I go away, and come again unto you. If ye loved me, ye would rejoice, because I said, I go unto the Father: for my Father is greater than I. And now I have told you before it come to pass, that, when it is come to pass, ye might believe." No. 9. Jesus' Word is trustworthy. Jesus does not speak a lie. He says His word is trustworthy. He also tells us not to forget. The Holy Spirit will bring to remembrance. Every word of Jesus must be fulfilled. Yesterday before the healing session someone said to me, "I hear some bad hats are going to spoil the meeting." I prayed to God. The Lord said, "I will shut the lions' mouths. You go right on with the job.” God's Word shall never pass away, no, not even a little.
Since 11 months ago I became a free-lance preacher. I was afraid no one would invite me. But I prayed to Jesus and He fixed me up for half-a-year. I had no funds. I prayed to Jesus. I opened the Bible. As I read Jesus said, "You can go in peace. I have prepared your way." I was happy. I went everywhere, God with me.
At Chenkiang, while I prayed, Jesus showed me 500 would be saved at the meetings. At that time the Church attendance at Chenkiang averaged 20. In all, Christians numbered one to two hundred. But the Lord truly kept His Word. 500 got saved!
Three years ago I was engaged in rural evangelism. I despaired having too few saved. But Jesus showed me, “In three years I'll send you throughout China." In the last three years, I've traversed 21 provinces. So we need not fret. God gives us ten-complete peace.
During the Shanghai War, I was holding a Bible Conference at Bethel. I was asked to run, I prayed. God gave me peace; don't run! All the other Church leaders had run. While I was with 20 students in the school, I received many telephone calls urging me to run. I didn't care. When the Jap planes came. God sent a fog. The Japs retreated when they were but less than a mile from us. I was in perfect peace. I didn't lose a thing.
When I went to Canton after this, I experienced the same peace. Is Jesus' Word reliable? Can God cheat us?
Vs 30,31 "Hereafter I will not talk much with you: for the prince of this world cometh, and hath nothing in me. But that the world may know that I love the Father, and as the Father gave me commandment, even so I do. Arise, let us go hence." No. 10. In Jesus Satan cannot harm us. Jesus says, "In the world there is tribulation. In me there is peace.”
In U.S. there were the Negro slaves. When these slaves crossed into Canada the Americans could not take them back. They were at peace. So is our position in Christ. Satan can in no wise lay hold on us. We have the ten-complete peace in Christ. Praise the Lord for this peace. It is our umbrella. The umbrella has ten steel arms of support. When it rains we just prop up our umbrella. Jesus is our umbrella of peace to keep Satan away. (John Sung referred to the umbrella when the rain began to pour over his open air preaching. The people all had umbrellas.)