“Do not let your hearts be troubled.”
Who Said That?
Jesus did. It’s recorded in John 14:1 and was said to his disciples at their last supper. It’s a relatively brief statement, only seven words, but holds great meaning.
You might disagree, but only Jesus could say what he did and it not be lightly taken or thinly held. It was a serious thing to say and he backed his words with a serious promise.
What Was It?
Their hearts could have been troubled because Jesus was leaving, he was going away. I can understand how disheartening that would be.
Reasons not to be troubled? Because they could trust God and trust Jesus. The trust was in reference to what was said next:
“In my Father’s house are many rooms. I am going there to prepare a place for you.”
“Do not let your heart’s be troubled.”
Reasons to maintain an untroubled heart:
- Trust in God
- Trust in Jesus
- Promise of a heavenly home
- Promise of his return to take us there
- Promise of our being there with him and the Father
Lot’s of things can get us down. Discouragement pounds our door and disappointment rises like a seeping flood.
However, we have reason to lift our heads, to look above, and see the unseen. Our Lord is coming back, he promised, and he always keeps his promises. Until he does we soldier on, not losing hope. We choose victory over defeat.
We see a glorious future while others see only a grimy present.
So hang in there. Hang tough and don’t let go.
Our blessed redeemer, by the power of his resurrection, will brings us to that home supernal, to the place that has been prepared for us.