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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Deuteronomy 8:12-18 When you eat and are full, and build beautiful houses to live in, and your herds and flocks grow large, and your silver and gold multiply, and everything else you have increases, be careful that your heart doesn’t become proud and you forget the Lord your God who brought you out of the land of Egypt, out of the place of slavery. He led you through the great and terrible wilderness with its poisonous snakes and scorpions, a thirsty land where there was no water. He brought water out of the flint rock for you. He fed you in the wilderness with manna, which your ancestors had not known, in order to humble and test you, so that in the end he might cause you to prosper. You may say to yourself, ‘My power and my own ability have gained this wealth for me,’ but remember that the Lord your God gives you the power to gain wealth, in order to confirm his covenant he swore to your ancestors, as it is today.
Deuteronomy 6:4-9 “Listen, Israel: The Lord our God, the Lord is one. Love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your strength. These words that I am giving you today are to be in your heart. Repeat them to your children. Talk about them when you sit in your house and when you walk along the road, when you lie down and when you get up. Bind them as a sign on your hand and let them be a symbol on your forehead. Write them on the doorposts of your house and on your city gates.“
Deuteronomy 1:2, 3 It is an eleven-day journey from Horeb to Kadesh-barnea by way of Mount Seir. In the fortieth year, in the eleventh month, on the first of the month, Moses told the Israelites everything the Lord had commanded him to say to them.