Summary: We sometimes let the cares of this world distract us from the spiritual battle.
As believers, the cares of this world should be left in this world, not carried around with us.
When I talk about cares of this world I am not talking about the caring for the salvation of others.
I am talking about the troubles of this world that cause pain, affliction, burdens that bring us to a state of oppression or depression.
We too often walk around thinking about what will happen next. Our mind is filled with everyday things - what we will do next- where we will go after work - what will we fix for dinner - what are the kids into now.
We sometimes forget that there is a spiritual world that needs our attention. Someone that needs prayer, a kind word, letting them know we are there for them.
Spreading, talking, living the word of Yahveh. Talking to the Father and His Son, giving praise and even singing.
This brings us closer to the spiritual awareness and puts our mind in a different realm.
When Yahshua walked among us in the flesh, His disciples were with him every where He went and when He spoke to them He most often had to explain what was said.
His disciples minds were still on the things of this world even though they were listening to Yahshua and his parabels that He used.
Yahshua knew of what would happen to Him before the Passover supper that evening, the hour was near when He would leave this world to be with His Father in Heaven.
After Judas Iscariot, son of Simon, the one that was to betray Yahshua had gone out. Yahshua spoke to those that remained.
33Little children, yet a little while I am with you. Ye shall seek me: and as I said unto the Jews, Whither I go, ye cannot come; so now I say to you.
34A new commandment I give unto you, That ye love one another; as I have loved you, that ye also love one another.
35By this shall all men know that ye are my disciples, if ye have love one to another.
36Simon Peter said unto him, Lord, whither goest thou? Yahshua answered him, Whither I go, thou canst not follow me now; but thou shalt follow me afterwards.
37Peter said unto him, Lord, why cannot I follow thee now? I will lay down my life for thy sake.
I. Yahshua knew his disciples would not understand what He ment when He said I must leave you and you shall seek me, but you will not be able to go with me now.
1. Peter was troubled.
a. He just heard his Master, the one he loved and tursted, the one he followed and was so close to, tell him He was about to go away.
b. Peter needed to know where Yahshua was going.
c. Peter was wondering why he could not go with Him. Why, after all this time and all the places they went together, why was he being left out. He must have felt a sense of rejection.
d. Peter was only thinking in a physical fashion and knew that no matter where Yahshua went he would be able to go with Him even if it cost him his life.
B. Yahshua said that where I go you can not follow me at this time.
a. He knew that Peter was troubled.
b. So Yahshua assured Peter he would be able to follow him afterwards.
c. This was not enough for Peter, I’m sure he still felt the pain of being separated from Yahshua. What was the meaning of His words " You can not go with me now but you will follow Me afterwards".
We sometimes part from loved ones, because we move away or they leave and we find that a separation exists and a piece of ourselves is missing. A void that is within us that is not easily filled.
We try to fill that void with other things of this world, but somehow it is never the same.
I’m sure Peter felt his life would be meaningless if he could not be with Yahshua.
Peter was not the only one that was troubled from what Yahshua had said.
4And whither I go ye know, and the way ye know.
5Thomas saith unto him, Lord, we know not whither thou goest; and how can we know the way?
II. Thomas was also troubled.
A. Where Peter felt separation, Thomas felt a doubt that they could not find the way.
1. The vision of the future was so dim to Thomas that he felt a loss of direction.
2. If we don’t know where you are going how could we possibly know the way?