December 02, 2020 – Wednesday
John 14:1 NIV
1 Do not let your hearts be troubled. You believe in God; believe also in Me.
John 14:1 ESV
1 Let not your hearts be troubled. Believe in God; believe also in Me.
We know from the other gospels Jesus will soon be arrested after He identifies Judas as the one who will betray Him and Peter, as well as the rest, will flee when He is arrested. Peter will also deny Him three times before the rooster crows. Jesus told them all of this and had told them further,He would be arrested, tortured, and crucified.
Thus, the disciples had good reasons to be troubled. What does Jesus say to them knowing this? Let not your hearts be troubled. How could they not have troubled hearts? He gave the answer in the second part of this verse, Believe in God; believe also in Me. It is their belief in God and Jesus which could bring peace to their troubled hearts. So He emphasizes their belief in God should lead to their belief in Him. I really like how Guzik puts it, Instead of giving into a troubled heart, Jesus told them to firmly put their trust in God and in Jesus Himself. This was a radical call to trust in Jesus just as one would trust in God the Father, and a radical promise that doing so would bring comfort and peace to a troubled heart.
There was/is so much the disciples knew from their three plus years with Jesus, yet there were things they did not yet know, that we do know. We know He was crucified and rose three days later. They knew He had said He would be arrested, tortured, and crucified and then be raised up three days later. But all that had yet to happen. Plus we know how eleven of the twelve eventually died (there is no record of John’s death). We know in some ways, so much more than they knew.
We know Jesus rose on the third day. We know that. We KNOW. Because we know, we believe. Because we know and we believe, when we have troubles Jesus direction to His disciples should apply to us, Let not your hearts be troubled. No matter how troubled our life might be or become, Jesus is telling us our hearts need not be troubled. What He goes on to say to His disciples He might as well be saying to us (v2-4), My Father’s house has many rooms; if that were not so, would I have told you that I am going there to prepare a place for you? And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come back and take you to be with Me that you also may be where I am. You know the way to the place where I am going.
If we should wonder or question about the way to the place where Jesus is going as Thomas did (v5), then we should remember how Jesus answered Thomas and all of us who would have the same question (v6), I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through Me. Simple, direct, and to the point. Thomas would doubt until He saw and spoke to risen Christ. But again, we know and knowing makes all the difference. That was when Jesus told Thomas (20:29), Because you have seen Me, you have believed; blessed are those who have not seen and yet have believed. Because we know and believe without having seen we are blessed.
Prayer: Heavenly Father – Thank you so much for Your word so that we might know and believe in all that You have shown us. Especially how You have shown us Your love through Your Son Jesus the Christ. Knowing Him and believing Him, we are able to come to You. We have been blessed mightily. – In Jesus name, amen.