Summary: Every day, multiple times a day I need this message. I need this peace of mind. I need this gift of the Holy Spirit.
It's been a difficult week for Kristi and I. Dealing with cancer treatments is very much like riding a roller coaster. We take it one day at a time, some days are great, some days are difficult. High's and lows. When Jared is recovering from chemo and his blood counts drop, the days become difficult. This has been our week.
I read this on Monday, "John 14:27 - “I am leaving you with a gift—peace of mind and heart. And the peace I give is a gift the world cannot give. So don’t be troubled or afraid." Jesus rocks my world.
Earlier in the week Jesus was welcomed by a mob strung out along the main street of Jerusalem yelling and demonstrating for their new political leader. Thousands thronged around him and his small band of followers crushing each other to get a close view of the one who would finally deliver Jerusalem and the Temple mount back to Jewish control. The were singing and praising God for this new Messiah.
That was a few days ago. Tonight, Jesus is sitting in a room celebrating the Jewish ceremony of Passover with his intimate friends and followers. The week had been chaotic. First Jesus had raised a dead guy from the grave, then the next day on the way to Jerusalem and throughout the city there was an out of control mob slapping palm branches and chanting and singing about the next Messiah, then Jesus tells his disciples he's going to die soon, and they were still worried about that. Every morning Jesus had been teaching in the Temple and one day he went crazy town and turned over tables and took a whip to those selling sacrificial animals. It had been a week like no other and there is no doubt these followers are tired. Exhausted. And troubled.
You've probably never had a week like that. I know I haven't. Not exactly like that. But I know what it means to be troubled. I know what it means to have a hard day or a difficult week. I know what it's like to hear bad news. Troubling news. About death. In that way I can relate to these guys on this Passover evening. I know what it's like to be physically and mentally exhausted. Do you? Do you know what it's like to hear that someone you love is close to death? Have you experienced the exhaustive mental pain of trying to manage life and at the same time grieve beyond your ability to cope? I know what that feels like. Do you?
When I listen to these words of Jesus I am comforted. When I believe and trust the power of God I experience peace of mind. Let's hear Jesus talk to his drained disciples.
“Don’t let your hearts be troubled. Trust in God, and trust also in me."
Jesus is the author of my faith. He is the one who arranged the relationship I have with God. Trust, then, is a genuine effort on my part to willingly agree to live in this arrangement. I trust that God’s arrangement for my life is the best thing for me. The way he wants me to conduct my life, my attitude, my relationships, my marriage, my job, everything in my life is lived out under the authority of Jesus Christ. My choice to trust God eliminates trouble from my heart. Peace of mind is the result of living with Jesus.