John 14:1 – Let not your heart be troubled: ye believe in God, believe also in me.
Most of my life I have heard our Text for Today referenced in light that regardless of how bad things are in life, we should have peace in knowing that the Lord is building us a mansion in heaven. Dear one, that’s not what Jesus was saying. To see that clearly, we must understand that the Scriptures were NOT written in chapter and verse. Translators added that element much later when they thought it would simplify study and understanding of the Scriptures. While I agree that it certainly makes Bible study easier, I can definitely say that it does not always aid understanding, and certainly not the right division and interpretation if Scriptures, such as our Text for Today.
Take time to read the closing verse of John 13, and then without pausing, read immediately into chapter 14, understanding that Jesus is still speaking at the same place and time to the same person about the same subject. Now how troubling do you think it was to Peter for Jesus to tell him that he would deny Him three times before the rooster crowed the next morning? That was a staggering word of wisdom to Peter who knew all too well the accuracy of whatever Jesus said. Imagine how troubled was Peter’s heart and mind at the words of Jesus. Surely he was staggered, and it was at this point that Jesus spoke our Text for Today, “Let not your heart be troubled.”
Oh what a place to rejoice in our life in Christ! Consider that! Jesus is saying to Peter, “You’re going to sin by denying Me three times before sunrise. But let not your heart be troubled. You believe in God; believe also in Me.” My friend, He is saying the same thing to you and me. We’re fallible, flawed, and often feeble in our flesh. We fail. But regardless of our sins or failures, we need not let our heart be troubled. Jesus has made a way for us to always be fully restored to the Father through His sacrifice of Himself. No, don’t take sin lightly, but know that redemption and forgiveness are far greater, for where sin abounds, the grace of God does much more abound.
Manna for Today – John 14:1-14; John 13:31-44; 2 Chronicles 6:7-15; Romans 8:1-2; 1 John 4:7; 2 Corinthians 5:17-21; 1 John 1:7-9