Scripture Reading: John 14:1-7

“Let not your hearts be troubled. Believe in God, believe also in Me.” (John 14:1)

We will be looking at Jesus’ upper room discourse, which is found in John 14-17. Jesus gathered His disciples in an upper room in Jerusalem to celebrate the Passover Feast on the night in which He was betrayed. Jesus knew the time had come for Him to face the agony of the cross. In the upper room that evening, Jesus instituted the Lord’s Supper, which we continue to celebrate these many years later. It was confusing time for the disciples. Jesus had told them on many occasions that the Son of Man would have to suffer, die and be raised on the third day. However, the disciples still had not grasped what Jesus meant.

After celebrating the Lord’s Supper with His disciples, Jesus washed their feet. He was teaching them one of the fundamental characteristics of a follower of Christ — to be humble servants — “If I then, your Lord and Teacher, have washed your feet, that you also ought to wash one another’s feet. For I have given you an example, that you also should do just as I have done to you” (John 13:14,15).

It was obvious to the disciples that Jesus was troubled. He told them about being betrayed — “Truly, truly, I say to you, one of you will betray Me” (John 13:21). This upset the disciples greatly. In addition Jesus told Peter that he would deny Him three times before the rooster crowed (John 13:36-38). Needless to say the disciples were filled with fear and confusion. They were unsettled and anxious.

It was then that Jesus began His discourse with them — “Let not your hearts be troubled. Believe in God, believe also in Me.” He was saying to them, “You have to trust Me no matter what. It may be confusing and even fearful, but I am sovereign and I will work for your good. Believe in Me.”

Surely, we can relate to the disciples. They had received disturbing news on that night. They did not know what to expect. They were afraid, confused, disappointed, and anxious. It seems that we are living in uncertain times. Many have been isolated from loved ones for weeks. Some are fearful and anxious. In the midst of these troubling times, hear the words of our Savior — “Do not let your hearts be troubled. Believe in God, believe also in Me.”

Lord Jesus, I confess that I get anxious and fearful at times. I really do not know what to believe concerning the pandemic. Yet, I know that I can trust You. You are my sovereign Lord who will protect me and sustain me. I hear Your words — “Let not your heart be troubled.” Give me grace and power to free me from my worried and fears.


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