Today’s Reading: John 13:31-14:14 (additional reading: Psalm 119:17-32 & Proverbs 15:31-32)
Have you ever had one of those days when everything goes wrong? It doesn’t make any difference how hard you try, it just seems that everything backfires on you? The harder you try, the worse it gets. I’m convinced that all of us have had days like that.
There are times, when things really start to go wrong. Your whole world seems to be crumbling around you and you wonder what is going on. That is probably about the way the apostles are feeling as we come to the 14th chapter of John.
When things start to go wrong Jesus tells His apostles to trust in 3 things. “First of all, trust in My presence. Secondly, trust in My promises. Thirdly, simply trust in Me.”
First of all, Jesus tells them, “You can trust in My presence.” In Vs. 1 Jesus begins by saying, “Do not let your hearts be troubled. Trust in God, trust also in me.” This is a hard lesson for us to learn, isn’t it? Yet it is an important lesson, because when we face troubles and difficulties in life, we need to remember as Christians that Jesus has promised, “I will be with you always. I will never leave you nor forsake you. Trust in My presence.”
Then Jesus tells them, “You can trust in My promises.” In vs’s 2 & 3 Jesus says, “In My Father’s house are many rooms; if it were not so, I would have told you. God gave many promises both in the Old & New Testaments. He promised the children of Israel a land where there would be milk & honey. It took a while for the promise to be fulfilled, but finally it was fulfilled. Jesus is saying, “I’m going to take you to My Father’s house, and it will be your home, too. You’ll be a part of the family. You’ll be home where you belong.”
Thirdly, Jesus is saying, “Trust in Me.” In vs’s 4-6 Jesus says, “`You know the way to the place where I am going.’ Thomas said to Him, `Lord, we don’t know where you are going, so how can we know the way?’ Jesus answered, `I am the way & the truth & the life. No one comes to the Father except through Me.’”
What a wonderful promise! He is saying, “I’m not just going to show you the way, or tell you the way, or write out the instructions on how to get there. I’m going to come & take you by the hand to My Father’s house. Then you’ll be home.”