Summary: Don't let your hearts be troubled...it all ends happily ever after...for those who follow Jesus.
KNOCKIN’ ON HEAVEN’S DOOR
Explain John 13 - Intimate time with his disciples...Jesus begins to prepare them for the climax of their story....their rabbi, teacher, lord and FRIEND is about to die to horrific death...so they can live...so we can live. Jesus was knockin on heaven’s door...
-Jesus shows them the full extent of his love and washes feet.
-Jesus has Dinner with them and the betrayal begins...Judas leaves.
-“Before I go, love each other the way that I have loved you,” Jesus tells them.
-Disciples ask, “Where are you going?? What’s going on??”
-Intimate conversation...As I was about to study out John 14, I got really excited because I love hearing Jesus speak. Love the red letters. I feel like he’s talking to me.
John 10 - the sheep follow the shepherd because they know his voice and they listen to his voice.
John 14:1-7 Don’t let your hearts be troubled. This is a command right? But it’s really not. That’s how I read it for a long time, but in the context of the situation, it’s more like Jesus is trying to comfort them. Like when someone is crying and we say, “Don’t Cry...it’s going to be OK.” We don’t expect them to obey our command to not cry...we’re comforting them. Jesus is comforting his disciples... “Don’t worry...trust in God...trust in Me.”
Jesus expected them to trust him because they knew him...that’s what Jesus says, “You know the way...I am the way.” We’ll talk more about that in a minute...but the point is that we have to know someone to trust them...and have to spend time with people to know them. That’s why Jesus spent so much time with his disciples...getting to know them and allowing them to get to know him...his heart, his character, his convictions.
-Recommend “Jesus: An Interview Across Time” by Andrew G. Hodges. A psychiatrist looks at the humanity of Christ...
The more I spend time with Jesus, getting to know Jesus from the scriptures, the more I know God and the more I will trust Him.
-What is troubling you this morning? Some of us have health problems...or our families are going through health issues.
-Some of us are troubled about not having enough money to pay our rent...or we’re trying to find a job and its not working out.
-Maybe its a relationship that is close to our heart...and it’s just a struggle right now...whether its with our children or our spouses...maybe we’re not at peace. That tends to put a strain on us emotionally.
-BATTLING IN OUR RELATIONSHIP WITH GOD...
-No matter what we’re going through, Jesus is saying, “Don’t let your hearts be troubled...it’s going to be OK...trust in God and trust in Me. I love you. I got your back. It’s all going to work out for the best. WHY?
-Because my Father has this house...and it has many rooms. I’m going to prepare this place for you and then I’m going to come back and get you so that all of us can be together forever. Jesus is talking about heaven. Jesus was telling them that they didn’t have to be worried about what was going to happen on earth because they had heaven to look forward to. I think because there are so many uncertainties about heaven, we don’t think about it or talk about it enough to let it motivate us and encourage us through hard times. But that’s exactly what Jesus is doing here...
Reminds me of a story I heard...
Pete and Tony were great baseball fans. They were talking about baseball one day & Pete says, “I wonder if there is baseball in heaven.” Tony replies, “I don’t know.”
Soon after, Tony dies. One day he calls Pete from heaven and they’re talking and Pete says, “Tony, you gotta’ tell me. Is there baseball in heaven?”
Tony says, “Well, I have some good news & some bad news. The good news is that there is baseball in heaven. The bad news is that you’re pitching tomorrow.”
That’s funny...but why is it bad news that he’s pitching? It should be good news! There are so many misconceptions of heaven...
-I believe that it’s not so much about where or what heaven is, but who will be there and who we’ll be there with. There is a reason why so much imagery is used when THE WHERE and THE WHAT of heaven is described...because we can’t comprehend it with our earthly minds.
-That’s why Jesus compares it to a house with many rooms...we can picture that. But for so long, I was so concerned about this house and what it looked like that I missed the heart of Jesus here--the heart that wants to be with his friends forever...the heart that wants to make sure we’re taken care of and provided for. When I focus on the character of Jesus, I understand the house with rooms analogy so much more. He’s saying, “There’s going to be room for everyone! There is space for all of you! And guess what -- we’re going to be roommates! Some of the single folks are excited now!