John 14:28-31 You have heard how I said unto you, I go away, and come again unto you. If you loved me, you 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. 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.
This is the 35th New Testament prophecy in John fulfilled in Christ’s crucifixion, resurrection and ascension and being fulfilled in that people will read these facts in the Word and believe in Him.
‘Greater than I’ The Father is the head of the Divine Trinity (John 14:16; 16:23-26; 1Cor. 11:3). Christ is neither the Father nor the Holy Spirit.
‘Prince of this world’ refers to satan (John 12:31; Eph. 2:2; 2Cor. 4:4).
‘Nothing in me’ No relationship, no sin, no nature, and nothing of satan was ever in Christ. He was not subject to death because He had not sinned. In the fall satan gained a pseudo-sovereignty over a man on the principle of possession and consent of a responsible agent, or government by consent of the governed. God recognized this and decided to permit Satan to defeat himself by causing him to kill an innocent victim over whom he had no claim. When he inflicted death on Christ, he forfeited all his claims, rights, and authority, including his right to liberty itself. He lost the right to inflict death on all others who became the property of Christ by virtue of His redemption for them.
‘I love the Father’ the only place where Jesus speaks of loving the Father. Six times the Father is spoken of as loving the Son (John 3:35; 10:17; 15:9; 17:23-26).
‘Gave me commandment, even so I do’ the Father gave Jesus commission, so He obeys.
‘Arise, let us go hence.’ John 14:1-31 was spoken before leaving the supper-room, and John 15-17 was spoken on the road to the garden.