We are experiencing upheaval in our way of life as we work through the ramifications of this pandemic. We are at home when we should be working. Students are not leaving the house for school. Buses are delivering meals instead of children. Businesses are closed. For the first time in many of our lives, we are seeing shortages of items that we normally just pick up off the shelves.
People have many theories about the why and about what we can expect over the next few weeks, but the reality is that life won’t be what we are used to.
Such a time was coming for the disciples when Jesus rode into Jerusalem to begin His last week before the crucifixion.
Jesus knew they would be scattered. He knew they would be frightened. He knew that they would often be separated and unable to go about their daily lives as normal. He knew they would be accused and attacked.
Their entire world was about to be ripped apart. The resurrection was coming, but there would be suffering before that joyous day.
He tried to warn them, but it was so hard for them to comprehend. Just like it is for us.
Last words are important. Chapters 13 – 17 of the Gospel of John give us Jesus’ last teaching to His disciples. He was preparing them for what was to come. They had been with Jesus for the three years, but there was still much they did not understand. They were His beloved followers, and these chapters record the truth that He wanted them to remember.
The verses in John 14 are verses I have clung to throughout my life. Here I find Jesus telling me to trust. Hard times will come, but my job is to trust.
John 14:1 – 4 Trust God’s character; Trust God’s provision and preparation; Trust God’s promise.
John 14:6 – 11 Trust God’s position and power.
John 14:15 Trust God’s direction.
John 14:23 Trust God’s presence.
John 14:27 Trust God’s peace.
Every news outlet, every social media stream, and many videos and conversations are pedaling fear and the unknown. It is true that we do not know exactly what the next few weeks hold for us, but we do know the One Who holds us.
We can trust Him. We can rest in Him. We can rejoice in Him.
Read it for yourself, and let God speak to your heart.
John 16:33 These things I have spoken unto you, that in me ye might have peace. In the world ye shall have tribulation: but be of good cheer; I have overcome the world.
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