Let not your heart be troubled

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John 14

1 “Let not your heart be troubled; you believe in God, believe also in Me.”

Jesus had just said some really troubling things.  He announced that one of them was going to betray him.  In their wildest nightmares none of them ever considered that the death blow to Jesus would come from within.  They knew that the religious establishment hated the Savior but that the final attack would come from one of the twelve?  This was troubling.

Jesus told them that He was going to leave them.  You have to remember that these men were awaiting the establishment of God’s kingdom in Jerusalem and Jesus was going to be the King of it all, yes, the King that defeated Rome and set up God’s rule on the earth.  They even argued about who would be on the thrones closest to the King’s throne!  They were ready for glory, that’s for sure.  (In fact, Judas was probably the first one to figure out that it wasn’t going to happen and so in disgust he sold Jesus for something which was better than the others were going to get.)  Yes, they were troubled about Jesus leaving them.

Jesus told Peter, the loudest and most loyal of them all, that he was going to betray the Master before the dawn of the next day.  What!  Peter?  Within hours?  Had Jesus lost His mind?  None of them would betray Jesus and especially not Peter; didn’t Jesus call him the rock?  Oh how troubling this announcement was to them all.

So after Satan entered Judas and he left the room, the others thinking him on an errand for Jesus, the Lord began to speak words of comfort to his troubled disciples.  Jesus knew the events that were forthcoming and knew that it was going to be the darkest night in history and that the disciples would immediately feel it the most.  Though the disciples did not know what was ahead, Jesus did and He sought to care for them by preparing them.  The Lord still does this.  He who knows the events of your day would like to prepare you for those events.  He does not want our hearts troubled when He knows we are facing troubling times.  No, Jesus wants us to believe in Him.  “Let not your heart be troubled; you believe in God, believe also in Me.”

No matter what happens, never allow your faith in God and in His Son, the Lord Jesus, to waver.  We might face troubling times but we do not have to be troubled in them.  We know the Father and the Son who have all things under control and we know that they love us and have our lives at the center of their care.  Let not your heart be troubled.

While I enjoy every Sunday with our church family, this past Sunday will go down as one of the greatest days we have had. The sharing of the service with our Korean and Indian brothers and sisters truly was a “taste of heaven.”  We had people there born and come from seven different countries and three different Indian states.  Besides Indian and Korea, we had people born in Germany, South Africa, the Philippines, Mexico, and the U.S.  We heard praise to God in Korean and in Telugu and in English.  God understood it all.  We shared the Lord’s Table across all cultural lines and rejoiced together in the Lord Jesus who made this all possible.  It was a day of bringing glory to God that none of us will soon forget.  Thanks to the Lord’s Church and to Bethel Prayer House for taking their Sunday services with ours and making one great voice of praise to our wonderful Creator and God.

I asked last week for prayer for my dad’s strength.  He is getting stronger.  I think he wants to do more than he should so we have wrestling matches to see if he can or not.  I am glad he wants to get out, that is a good sign. 

Pray for Steven and the First Baptist Church of Big Rock.  Last Sunday Steven was able to preach the gospel to a few hundred people who gathered together for Sunday service after the plowing competition on Saturday.  Pray with us that some who heard will be drawn by the Holy Spirit to salvation and to Big Rock Baptist this next Sunday. 

Have a great day in the Lord,

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