John 14.1-14 – CLICK for the text
This Sunday’s text is familiar for many. It’s the famous “Do not let your hearts be troubled” and “In my Father’s house are many dwelling places.” I took something very simple away from this text today. The one overarching theme is Jesus’ telling us, “Don’t worry; trust me.” God has set-up the life of the Christian for a successful living out of His will if we will turn and trust Jesus. Jesus has come and revealed God through his presence; his life is the ultimate example of God’s intention for how we are to live; his crucifixion has paid the debt for our ransom to sin; and the Holy Spirit has come to empower us to live and worship God in the fullest way possible here, in this time. Depending upon Jesus and trusting our relationship with God through him should leave us ready to live and be satisfied. But it doesn’t.
The disciples continue to ask questions that Jesus is the actual answer to. “7If you know me, you will know my Father also. From now on you do know him and have seen him.” 8Philip said to him, “Lord, show us the Father, and we will be satisfied.” 9Jesus said to him, “Have I been with you all this time, Philip, and you still do not know me?” Listening to Jesus is never easy because listening to God means denying our impulses and our will. Our nature and conscience tell us lots about the world, but the nature of God and the Holy Spirit are asking us to listen to more than Jiminy Cricket (Pinocchio’s shoulder-perching counselor). It takes trusting Jesus with the details and understanding that he has done most, if not all, the work. God is asking for our trust, that we have faith. In Jesus, the one we are trusting, is all the fullness of God (Colossians 2.9). In Christ, provisions for our lives and ministries are made. So, do not let your hearts be troubled. Trust God.
May God grant each of us the understanding that trusting Jesus leads to life.