Consider the conditions under which He said those words. The disciples had left everything to follow Jesus throughout His public ministry. During those years, He was their life.
He ceased not to teach them Kingdom principles. He taught them how to effectively do ministry and how to trust God. He even empowered them to cast out devils through His name.
Now Jesus was telling them the worst news He could tell them: They had just eaten the Last Supper together and Jesus was about to be crucified. Afterward, He would be resurrected and leave them to return to His Father in heaven
In other words, He was about to go and leave them behind.
The question is, how could they make their peace be still in such a moment? Consider these three things Jesus said to them:
How to Let Not Your Heart Be Troubled
1. “Let not your heart be troubled.” Notice that little word “let.” It is a word that denotes permission. In other words, Jesus was saying hold onto your peace; don’t give your heart permission to be troubled.
Remember that the Prince of Peace lives inside us. Through Him we have the peace of God that surpasses understanding. Regardless of our circumstances, the peace of God is able to keep our heart and mind through Christ (Philippians 4:7).
2.”Believe in God, believe also in Me” (John 14:1b, NASB). Knowing all things, Jesus knew how helpless the disciples must have felt after He had broken the news to them. He advised them to place their trust in God and in Him.
No good thing in this world lasts forever. People, things, even our health can fail us at times. When those potentially tragic times come in our life, we must trust in God and in His Son. We can do all things through Christ who strengthens us (Philippians 4:13).
3. “I go to prepare a place for you. If I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again and receive you to Myself, that where I am, there you may be also” (John 14:2b,3, NASB). Jesus wanted them to know that He was not abandoning them. Rather, He was going to prepare a better place for them and then He would return for them.
Similarly, we must remember that this place is not our home. We are sojourners here. Our home is out of this world. We must set our mind on things above and not on the things on this earth (Colossians 3:2).
Perhaps some of you can personally relate, at least to some degree, to how the disciples must have been feeling at the time Jesus made the life-changing announcement. You have had a bomb of some kind laid on you before.
Maybe it was when you left the doctor’s office, having received an ominous prognosis. Or perhaps it’s that layoff letter you received from your longtime employer, etc.
Jesus is saying to you and me the same thing He said to His disciples: Let not your heart be troubled; place your trust in God and in Me; and keep your mind focused above and not down here.
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