Daily D – John 14:1
“Don’t let your heart be troubled. Believe in God; believe also in me.
JOHN 14:1 (CSB)
“When Jesus had said this, he was troubled in his spirit and testified, ‘Truly I tell you, one of you will betray me,’” (John 13:21).
Jesus was unflappable. He was calm, cool, collected. Jesus was never afraid.
Lepers on the loose? He reached out and touched them, conferring his healing grace.
Storms threaten to sink the ship? Jesus rebuked the winds and the waves and produced an atmosphere reflecting his nature.
Dead friend in the grave four days? Jesus commanded life.
Facing betrayal, beating, and crucifixion? Jesus “was troubled in his spirit.”
If Jesus was troubled, then it is no surprise that his disciples would be troubled.
The Betrayer was now gone to do his will his way. A friend, a chosen one would lead others to seize Jesus and secure him to kill him. A friend. A follower. One who participated in miracles. One who saw the dead raised to life. One who carried words of truth and life to others.
Events were inaugurated that would intensify the darkness. Lives would be lost. Relationships would be severed. Fear would replace faith. John was right. “It was night,” (13:30).
In Luke 9:51, we see Jesus’ resolution to step into this moment. His time had fully come. The horror of what was ahead was known only to him. Every friend and follower would soon have their worlds turned upside down. Each of those who knew him, loved him, and trusted him would discover the impossibility of finding a safe place to hide from the evil of this hour.
Jesus was troubled because of the trouble to come in Judas’ last betrayal as he took his own life as the only way out of his impossible circumstances.
Jesus was troubled by all the pain and loss all of history had built up leading to this moment. Every sin ever sinned and all sin to come was gathered together to lay on Jesus. He would bear your sin and mine on that cross.
Jesus was troubled. Yet Jesus remained resolute. Jesus knew all about Judas. He knew all about Peter. He knew all about John and the women, including his mother, who would gather before him on that awful hillside and see those awful sights and hear those awful taunts and witness that awful spear plunged into his lifeless body.
Jesus then looked beyond the loss to the gain and said, “Don’t let your heart be troubled. Believe in God; believe also in me.” Stronger than any trouble you and I will ever face is the assurance that our Father in heaven has never lost control. He is in charge here. Darkness has its moments. The Light of the World illuminates eternity.
When your heart experiences trouble, know Jesus has been where you are. He has a gift for every troubled soul. We find it in John 16:33:
You will have suffering in this world. Be courageous! I have conquered the world.
Do not let your hearts be troubled. Be courageous. These are the words of Jesus to you and to me. We can live fearlessly and faithfully because Jesus has overcome every trouble and Jesus makes it possible for us to overcome every trouble as well.
Stop being troubled.
Start living courageously.
I will live courageously.
Our Father, this world is full of trouble. We experience trouble frequently. Thank you that there is no trouble we will ever face that separates us from your love, your grace, and your peace. May we live so closely connected with you that we radiate your peace in every trouble we face. Amen.
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Genesis 26:26-31 Meanwhile, Abimelek had come to him from Gerar, with Ahuzzath his personal adviser and Phicol the commander of his forces. 27 Isaac asked them, “Why have you come to me, since you were hostile to me and sent me away?”
28 They answered, “We saw clearly that the LORD was with you; so we said, ‘There ought to be a sworn agreement between us’—between us and you. Let us make a treaty with you 29 that you will do us no harm, just as we did not harm you but always treated you well and sent you away peacefully. And now you are blessed by the LORD.”
30 Isaac then made a feast for them, and they ate and drank. 31 Early the next morning the men swore an oath to each other. Then Isaac sent them on their way, and they went away peacefully.
Genesis 22:13, 14 Abraham looked up and there in a thicket he saw a ram caught by its horns. He went over and took the ram and sacrificed it as a burnt offering instead of his son. 14 So Abraham called that place The LORD Will Provide. And to this day it is said, “On the mountain of the LORD it will be provided.
Genesis 21:1-3 Now the LORD was gracious to Sarah as he had said, and the LORD did for Sarah what he had promised. 2 Sarah became pregnant and bore a son to Abraham in his old age, at the very time God had promised him. 3 Abraham gave the name Isaac to the son Sarah bore him.
Genesis 17:1 When Abram was ninety-nine years old, the LORD appeared to him and said, “I am God Almighty; walk before me faithfully and be blameless.
Genesis 6:9 This is the account of Noah and his family.
Noah was a righteous man, blameless among the people of his time, and he walked faithfully with God.