Summary: We can find comfort... 1. in the Lord's care for us (vs. 1). 2. in the Lord's character (vs. 1-2). 3. in the Lord's power to create (vs. 2-3). 4. in the Lord's cross (vs. 4-6).
Find the Comfort You Need in Jesus Christ
The Gospel of John
Sermon by Rick Crandall
Grayson Baptist Church - July 26, 2017
(Revised January 13, 2020)
*Please open your Bibles to John 14. In these final hours before the cross, Jesus spoke with His disciples about the most important things: How they should love one another, how the Holy Spirit would help them, how they should continue to serve the Lord and more.
*Naturally, the disciples were more troubled than ever before. But John 13:1 tells us that "when Jesus knew that His hour had come that He should depart from this world to the Father, having loved His own who were in the world, He loved them to the end." So, the Lord also took special care to give His disciples the comfort they needed.
*Christians: The same Lord who loved them to the end, loves us to the end, and He wants to give us the comfort we will surely need in life. Tonight's verses begin to show us how God comforts His people. Let's get started by reading John 14:1-6.
*Over the years, I have known many people who needed comfort. Husbands and wives who had to say goodbye to their mates, children of all ages who had to say goodbye to moms and dads, brothers, sisters and friends who had to say goodbye to the people closest to them.
*Then there are those bigger events that affect our whole town or state or nation. Everybody in this world goes through times when they need comfort. And the wonderful truth is that we can find the comfort we need in the Lord Jesus Christ.
1. FIRST: WE CAN FIND COMFORT IN THE LORD'S CARE FOR US.
*Jesus truly cares for us all, so in vs. 1 the Lord said, "Let not your heart be troubled. . ." Do you ever get troubled? -- Of course we do. And the disciples help us see why, because they were certainly troubled that night.
*They were troubled because things weren't working out like they expected. They had been with Jesus for almost 3 years, and they had seen the most amazing things anyone has ever seen. They saw raging storms calmed with a word. They saw 5,000 men, plus thousands more women and children, all fed with a little boy's lunch. The disciples also saw thousands of people instantly, miraculously, completely healed with a word or a touch from Jesus. They had even seen people even raised from dead!
*Then in Matthew 16:15-18, Jesus asked His disciples:
15. . . "Who do you say that I am?''
16. . . Peter answered and said, "You are the Christ, the Son of the living God.''
17. Jesus answered and said to him, "Blessed are you, Simon Bar-Jonah, for flesh and blood has not revealed this to you, but My Father who is in heaven.
18. And I also say to you that you are Peter, and on this rock I will build My church, and the gates of Hades shall not prevail against it.
*The disciples might have thought, "Oh boy! We've got it made!" But then in Matthew 16:20-21 Jesus
20. . . commanded His disciples that they should tell no one that He was Jesus the Christ.
21. From that time Jesus began to show to His disciples that He must go to Jerusalem, and suffer many things from the elders and chief priests and scribes, and be killed, and be raised again the third day.
*The disciples were troubled because things weren't working out the way they expected. Has that ever happened to you? It's happened to us all. When we were young, we didn't make the team, or we had to sit on the bench, or an injury put us on the bench forever. Somewhat older, we didn't get in our dream school, someone else got the promotion we expected, or the one we loved turned out to love someone else. We are going to face setbacks and troubles.
*The disciples were troubled because things weren't working out like they expected. They were also troubled because they had to face their own weaknesses.
37. Peter said to Him, "Lord, why can I not follow You now? I will lay down my life for Your sake.''
38. Jesus answered him, "Will you lay down your life for My sake? Most assuredly, I say to you, the rooster shall not crow till you have denied Me three times.
*Christians: Sometimes the Lord has to point out our failures. And yes, He loves us, and yes, He forgives us, but it's still a time of trouble. The disciples were troubled because they had to face their weaknesses.