John 14:1-17

John 14:1-17

John 14:1Vintage message from January 6, 2002.

And Jesus says, “Do not let your hearts be troubled. Trust in God. Also in Me.” That verse says everything. No matter who you are, no matter what you’ve done, no matter what you’re doing, or no matter what you’re going to do in the future, God is still in control, and He is not troubled Himself by who we are, and if we would just simply trust in God, if we would just simply trust in the Name of Jesus even in the midst of the turmoil that we face, He can make it so our hearts are not troubled. And you know what? We find ourselves oftentimes with troubled hearts, troubled minds, struggling to know what it is that God wants from us, of us, but Jesus lays out for us the scenario that is going to tell us that the Father doesn’t want anything of us. He just wants to be in relationship with us… He loves those that will simply be in relationship with Him even if they fail from time to time…

You know what the problem is? We are so busy looking at ourselves, looking to our own needs, looking to our own lives, looking to our own selfish desires that we fail to see Who the Father really is and what His desire is for us…

What is it that you believe? Who is it that you believe? Do you believe that Jesus is the Miracle Worker, the Representation of the Father here on earth, the One Who empowered God’s Word so that it came to life? It wasn’t just this dead book that the people had hauled around with them, but Jesus came and the Father came to life in the Word that was spoken, and miracles followed in power. And Jesus just simply says, “Believe Me. Believe the things that I’m saying to you, and you’ll see the Father.” And you know what? He understands that sometimes our faith is just going to be weak, or we’re going to be blinded by our own flesh; that we’re held back because of selfish desires. He knows that so He comes to that place of simply saying, “Then at least, at least, believe the evidence of the miracles themselves.” Look at your life. Look at the hard things. I invite you to look at your lives, and see all of the horrible, horrendous, terrible, gross, bad things that have ever happened to you. Make a list. Write it out. Because, see, when you do that you are then going to see the power of God’s Word, the miracle that brought you through as you trusted God, as you entered into His Word, and you knew that He was the One Who could strengthen you and help you, and even before you knew that, in those hard times situations happened that you were preserved. You were kept alive. You were watched over. God was there, and His miracles were happening. And so often we fail to see the miracle because we’re too busy looking selfishly at the hard things that happened instead of looking at what brought us through… We fail to look at the miracles. We fail to look at the evidence of God’s strength and power that preserves us…

What is His command?… To love as He loved. Didn’t He say that? “A new commandment I give to you.” It’s not like the old commandment: to love the Lord your God with all of your heart, with all of your soul, with all of your mind, and with all of your strength. That would be nice if we could even do that, but He says, “A new command I give you.” It’s no longer up to you to decide how to love, because guess what? Most of us have hard hearts, and we don’t know how to love. The new command is “to love as I have loved you,” so He becomes the standard, and He tells us, if we love Him, we will obey what He commanded…

Do you want to know the Father in a real way? Do you want the confusion to stop? Trust in God, and trust in the Name of Jesus. Believe that the life that Jesus lived is the life that He wants us to live. It’s a simple formula, but very difficult to apply. But He lays it out for His disciples who, just like you and I, were confused, were struggling. One gave up. Another will deny. But God’s love transcends all of that. It just takes a little bit of faith. We need to decide, what are we going to believe and why are we going to believe it. Am I a Christian? Have I asked Jesus to come into my life because I believe that in having Jesus I’m going to receive a mansion, nice things, a comfortable life? If that’s why I became a Christian, then, I have to tell you, it’s for all the wrong reasons because Jesus had none of that…

Do you believe what God’s Word has said? Do you believe that Jesus is in the Father, is the example of the Father’s love for you on this world? Do you believe that by trusting in Him, even if your life is hard, even if you have struggles, He can bring you through, and not only bring you through but bring you through in such a way that then you can turn and take others by the hand just as He did, and bring them through?…

Do not let your hearts be troubled because He is far greater than your flesh, if you will just simply trust. “Trust in God. Trust also in Me.”

Pastor Dave Elkins