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Why Jesus Said You Should Not Be Afraid

The Old Testament commands us not to fear in many different ways, and not surprisingly, when we get to the New Testament, Jesus says the same thing. But His reasoning for not being afraid seems new, and of course, helpful. After the foot washing episode, we read this at the start of John 14…

“Let not your hearts be troubled. Believe in God; believe also in me…” John 14:1 (ESV)

Many believers live day to day with troubled hearts, and I’ve been one of them too many times. So, what reason did Jesus give to not let our hearts be troubled? Keep reading…

In my Father’s house are many rooms. If it were not so, would I have told you that I go to prepare a place for you? And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again and will take you to myself, that where I am you may be also. John 14:2-3 (ESV)

In these verses, we may be reading the greatest reason that we should be at peace, that we should not fear – Jesus is preparing a place for us in His Father’s house. In other words, there is a life after this life, and it will be good, and it will be with Him.

I don’t know what you’re facing today – perhaps a very difficult and baffling medical condition, maybe a financial predicament that seems insurmountable, maybe something that I can’t even imagine. Whatever your condition is, as Jesus speaks to these disciples, He speaks to all of us, “Let not your heart be troubled…I’m going to take you to heaven, where you will be with me.”

Critics, of course, are quick to call this “pie in the sky” thinking. So what – let them talk. As for me, since I know heaven is a real place and since I know that Jesus is actually preparing a room for me…I call it the best news ever.

And reason enough not to let my heart be troubled.

For tomorrow, Friday, October 23rd: John 15

 

 

 

 
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Posted by on October 22, 2015 in Uncategorized

 

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Provision is not a Problem

Jesus is in the boat.

That’s what you and I need to remember.  it’s what we too easily forget.   Jesus is in the boat.

In a sense, I’ve already written about this chapter here, but I wanted to say one more thing and make it as clear as day, which it never was for the disciples. You see, it’s really important that you and I remember who is in the boat with us.

And so it happened that one day Jesus and the twelve pushed off from shore after an argument with the Pharisees, and Jesus said to beware the leaven of the Pharisees, meaning their teaching.  But the disciples thought he meant something about bread, and they began to be worried that they only had brought one loaf with them.  So Jesus becomes a math teacher and gives them two word problems (years ago, I heard a great speaker who had some fun with the “word problem” idea. Can’t remember his name):

“When I broke the five loaves for the five thousand, how many baskets full of broken pieces did you take up?” They said to him, “Twelve.”

“And the seven for the four thousand, how many baskets full of broken pieces did you take up?” And they said to him, “Seven.”

And he said to them, “Do you not yet understand?”

Mark 8:19-21 (ESV)

The scene is in contention for one of the most ironic in the Bible.  Jesus has just miraculously fed the multitudes and now the disciples are worried about lunch.  The lesson that the Lord is passing on to us? Provision is not a problem. He is in the boat.

Now, it is always our way to be worried about provision, so Jesus preached part of his Sermon on the Mount on this idea:

Therefore do not be anxious, saying, ‘What shall we eat?’ or ‘What shall we drink?’ or ‘What shall we wear?’ For the Gentiles seek after all these things, and your heavenly Father knows that you need them all. But seek first the kingdom of God and his righteousness, and all these things will be added to you. Matthew 6:31-33 (ESV)

I’m writing to myself today, as I often do.  God has so wonderfully provided for me and mine throughout life – He’s multiplied loaves so many times – and yet sometimes I still wonder and worry.  But the mathematics lesson from Mark 8 is that I should repent. Whether I have one loaf or two…Jesus is in the boat.

 
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Posted by on April 22, 2015 in Uncategorized

 

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