By Pastor Jesse Samuel
If the truth be told, all of us here today at some point in our lives have been troubled.
Troubled by the sudden loss of a loved one who meant the world to us and that we couldn’t comprehend life without.
Troubled by the effect of a breakdown in relationship that you thought would last forever only for it to turn sour and bitter.
Troubled by the ongoing reality that every time the doctor opens their mouth, they deliver unsettling news that shakes you to your core.
Troubled, by unresolved trauma that we’ve experienced earlier on in our lives only to carry it into our adulthood.
Troubled by watching dreams that you’ve invested so much in fall apart right before your eyes.
Jesus in John 13 had previously told the disciples that one of them will betray Him and Peter will soon deny Him. You could imagine how difficult and heart-wrenching this was. The person they had been following for three years is now leaving them coupled with the fact that He states Peter will deny that he ever knew Him. This was too much for them to comprehend.
However, it’s in this state does Jesus utter the words, “Let not your heart be troubled; you believe in God, believe also in Me. 2 In My Father’s house are many mansions; if it were not so, I would have told you. I go to prepare a place for you. 3 And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again and receive you to Myself; that where I am, there you may be also (John 14:1–3).”
Wait a minute! Jesus, just told Peter that he would deny him! He just told the disciples that He is leaving them. Yet, Jesus promises that He will go to prepare a place just for THEM.
A place where they’ll be no more heartache and pain for the bible says, “the former things are passed away (Rev. 21:4).”
Perhaps you like disciples are in a place of uncertainty. “Let not your heart be troubled…,” God has given us a promise that He is preparing a place just for YOU!