Clearly it’s easy to be tangled up in what’s happening around us but today I am choosing to be set free of whatever binds my mind in the world and share this with you as hope in a place of an unknown future. The scene is this; It’s the Last supper as Jesus gets ready to depart from His disciples to face the cross, He leaves them with these words;
“Do not let your hearts be troubled. You believe in God; believe also in me. John 14:1
As we go through many trials and troubles in life, one thing that is always our hope it’s that Jesus is with us. When we feel as though everything is falling apart we can always count on Jesus. This world is fading away, our hope should not be in what we see but what is unseen.
How do we know we can count on this?
Jesus tells us this:
Peace I leave with you; my peace I give you. I do not give to you as the world gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled and do not be afraid.
What assurance do I have that I will be alright?
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.” John 14:2-4
The disciples didn’t understand why Jesus was telling them this now, their world was going to change rapidly -just like our world does when things happen we don’t understand. Naturally they are upset, Thomas steps in and asks Jesus:
Where are you going?
How can we know the way?
“I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me. If you really know me, you will know my Father as well. From now on, you do know him and have seen him.” John 14:6-7
Of course now the disciples are really baffled and are trying to understand what Jesus is saying, so Phillip intervenes;
“Lord show us the Father and that will be enough for us.”
“Don’t you know me, Philip, even after I have been among you such a long time? Anyone who has seen me has seen the Father. How can you say, ‘Show us the Father’?
Don’t you believe that I am in the Father, and that the Father is in me?
The words I say to you I do not speak on my own authority. Rather, it is the Father, living in me, who is doing his work.
Believe me when I say that I am in the Father and the Father is in me; or at least believe on the evidence of the works themselves. Very truly I tell you, whoever believes in me will do the works I have been doing, and they will do even greater things than these, because I am going to the Father. And I will do whatever you ask in my name, so that the Father may be glorified in the Son. You may ask me for anything in my name, and I will do it. John 14:9-14
When things are going well in our lives we feel great but as soon as things get rough , not seeing a light at the end of the tunnel we can fall into a dark place. But we have assurance that when we look to Jesus we have hope, the darkest of places are no longer overcoming our lives and the peace of Christ overtakes our minds and bodies, giving us comfort.
So what do you choose today?
To be swallowed up by what is happening in the world or to be set free in hope that God is in control and will bring you through whatever you are facing.
May the peace of Christ overflow into your life today. Jesus tells us “Do not Be Troubled”.
The Christian Writer