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“Let not your heart be troubled”

John 14 can serve as daily comfort

By Pastor Jeffrey Mack | 1/30/2014, 9 a.m.
Pastor Jeffrey Mack

“Let not your heart be troubled: ye believe in God, believe also in me.

In 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. And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again, and receive you unto myself; and where I am, there you will be also.” John 14:1-3

This fourteenth chapter of John’s Gospel has been read at funerals for years, to console and comfort families after the loss of a love one.

Jesus and His disciples were facing the reality of Jesus’ death and the grief and pain of separation. For the disciples, there also was the fear of living without the immediate presence of their Lord and Savior.

One of the problems that some of us have is simply not knowing what the future holds and what death means, and how to cope without the direct guidance of a person of strength among us.

When Jesus said, “Let not your heart be troubled” (vs.1a), He wasn’t suggesting that the disciples should pretend not to hurt in their loss and separation which was to come.

Rather, He was saying to them in spite of the pain, not to be worried and upset as if all dimensions of their happiness and usefulness were coming to an end. God knows when our hearts are troubled and how deeply we can despair. Oftentimes these feelings come precisely because we are feeling Godforsaken or left alone.

As an antidote to despair, Jesus says to them and to us, “you believe in God, believe also in me.”

So remember, when we lose a love one or feel heartbroken, we need to remember that we have a prepared place and a Savior that will come again and receive us unto himself.