In John 14:1 Jesus says, “Let not your heart be troubled…..” Jesus was telling His disciples to not be troubled over the things He had shared with them concerning His death. After He tells Peter that he will deny Him three times, Jesus tells him to not be troubled. Why should the disciples not be troubled? After all, the words Jesus spoke to them were troubling. They should not be troubled because of the security of their salvation and their heavenly home that awaits them. They should not be troubled because of who Jesus is. They should not be troubled because of the greater works that God will do. They should not be trouble because of the promise of answered prayer. Just as Jesus encouraged the disciples to not be troubled, He encourages us in the same way.
Let not your heart be troubled because there is a place for you in heaven (v. 1-2). There are many things in this life that trouble us. We all have heavy burdens and the weight of life is often more than we can bear. However, Jesus says that if we believe on Him then we are assured of a place in heaven. The prospect of a home in heaven wipes away all that troubles us. Dear Christian, we have much to look forward to. If you are troubled today, if the cares of this world have you down, look up! You have a place in heaven. All the mess that you are going through is just temporary. There is coming a day when we will all be together in heaven! Just the thought of that is enough to give us strength and courage to carry on. Let not your heart be troubled.
Let not your heart be troubled because Jesus is coming again (v. 3). My friend, Jesus is not going to leave us here on this sin-cursed earth. There is coming a day when the trumpet of God shall sound and the dead in Christ shall rise and we which are alive and remain will be caught up together with Him in the clouds. Just as sure as you are reading this, Jesus is coming again! Oh, what a day that will be when my Jesus I will see. Don’t be troubled. Don’t be discouraged. It won’t be long and we will be going home!
Let not your heart be troubled because Jesus is the only way (v. 4-6). It would be a troubling thing if there were many roads to heaven. It would be confusing and difficult. God made it simple for us. He provided one way. That way is Jesus. It is only by faith in the Lord Jesus that you can be saved from the penalty and curse of sin and be given a home heaven. Jesus has done all that needs to be done in order for you to go to heaven. All you must do is believe on Him.
Let not your heart be troubled because of who Jesus is (v. 7-11). All throughout the Gospel of John we are given evidence as to who Jesus is. John’s Gospel stresses the fact that Jesus is the very Son of God. Jesus and the Father are one. Jesus is God. Since Jesus is God, He has the authority to forgive, redeem, and justify you. He has the authority to give you a home in heaven. Jesus is all you need. He is sufficient. If you have Jesus, there is no need to be troubled.
Let not your heart be trouble because of what God can do through you (v. 12). Jesus revealed to His disciples the manner in which God will carry out His purposes in this world after Jesus ascends to heaven. Jesus says that they will do even greater works than He did. This does not mean greater in power, rather, greater in scope. It is God’s plan to use you and me to spread the Good News of Jesus around the globe. He desires to do greater things in and through us. We have the wonderful privilege of being a part of His mission to bring all people to faith in Christ. Don’t think for a second that God cannot use you. God can do things through you far above anything you could ever imagine.
Let not your heart be troubled because of the promise of answered prayer (v. 13-14). When we pray within the will of God, He will answer. If you want to see prayers answered, then go to the scriptures and discover what God’s will is. As you pray for His will to be done, He will do what He says He will do. This is why praying for lost people is so important, this is why praying for His provision is so important, this why praying for increase in the body of Christ (both spiritually and numerically) is so important. When we pray in the will of God, He will answer.
Don’t be discouraged. Don’t allow the cares of this life to trouble you. Look at who Jesus is and who you are in Him and where you are going! My friend, we have so much to live for. We have so much to look forward to. Let not your heart be troubled!