Become Trusting and Untroubled (John 14:1-15)Pastor Joe Sanders, March 25, 2012
Part of the Become series, preached at a Sunday Morning service
Sometimes we just want to go home. The world has become harsh, our emotions have become full, our cup is full of trouble, and we just want to go home. Christ was facing the final night of his life with his friends/disciples and he's laid some pretty heavy news on them. He's going to leave and they can't come with him. One of them will betray him. Peter is going to fail. Their enemies surround them and death for all of them is a very real possibility. In addition Christ is facing the darkest hour in the universe's history- the Son of God is about to become sin. His soul is facing the greatest trouble imaginable and yet Christ so loves his friends that he spends his last time with them encouraging them. His words to them are more than applicable to us today as our lives are surrounded by difficulty and troubles, and his promises and comforts are needed just as much today as they were that night 2000 years ago.
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1Let not your heart be troubled: ye believe in God, believe also in me. 2In my Father's house are many mansions: if it were not so, I would have told you. I go to prepare a place for you. 3And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again, and receive you unto myself; that where I am, there ye may be also. 4And whither I go ye know, and the way ye know. 5Thomas saith unto him, Lord, we know not whither thou goest; and how can we know the way? 6Jesus saith unto him, I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me. 7If ye had known me, ye should have known my Father also: and from henceforth ye know him, and have seen him. 8Philip saith unto him, Lord, shew us the Father, and it sufficeth us. 9Jesus saith unto him, Have I been so long time with you, and yet hast thou not known me, Philip? he that hath seen me hath seen the Father; and how sayest thou then, Shew us the Father? 10Believest thou not that I am in the Father, and the Father in me? the words that I speak unto you I speak not of myself: but the Father that dwelleth in me, he doeth the works. 11Believe me that I am in the Father, and the Father in me: or else believe me for the very works' sake. 12Verily, verily, I say unto you, He that believeth on me, the works that I do shall he do also; and greater works than these shall he do; because I go unto my Father. 13And whatsoever ye shall ask in my name, that will I do, that the Father may be glorified in the Son. 14If ye shall ask any thing in my name, I will do it. 15If ye love me, keep my commandments. (KJV)