Summary: Jesus never intended the church to be anxious about the future.
March 21, 2010
Text: John 14:1-3
Subject: Jesus Teaches His Disciples
Title: No Fear
As we have gone through these weeks leading up to our Easter Celebration I have been reading a lot in the Bible about what took place during that time before Jesus’ trial and crucifixion. I have really been focusing on the things that Jesus told His disciples on His last night together with them. It never ceases to amaze me that Jesus, who knew exactly what was about to happen, took the time not to be comforted, but to comfort those that He would leave behind.
He told them about how their relationships with one another should be shaped. Each should be willing to be a servant of the other. Being a servant is not a sign of weakness or lack of leadership abilities. It’s just the opposite. A servant leader is one who leads by example. A servant leader is one who would never ask someone to do something that He himself isn’t willing to do.
He told them about how love should be the primary quality that shines forth from their lives. The love that He was talking about is the kind of love that we can have for others only through a restored relationship with God through Jesus Christ.
He told them about the Holy Spirit – the One whom He would send in His place. The Holy Spirit would be their comforter, their counselor, their leader – everything that Jesus had been for them and more. He will bring to remembrance all the things that Jesus had told them. He will convict the world of sin. He will draw people to Christ. He will lead them into all truth.
In Matthew’s gospel we read that He warned them of the things that would happen on the earth before the end of the age. There will be wars and rumors of wars. There will be earthquakes and disease and pestilences. Nation will rise up against nation and kingdom against kingdom. Christians will be hated by the world. There will be famines… and these are just the beginning of the birth pains.
I don’t know about you, but if I had been one of the disciples and Jesus had been telling me these things, and knowing that He had said He wasn’t going to be around much longer, I might have been just a little worried.
But on that last night, sandwiched in between His teachings about servanthood and the Holy Spirit, Jesus shares a promise that has become the hope that the church has come to hold on to without fail.
John 14:1-3, I’m reading from the NKJV this morning, 1“Let not your heart be troubled; you believe in God, believe also in Me. 2In 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. 3And 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. The NIV says it this way, 1“Do not let your hearts be troubled. Trust in God; trust also in me. 2In my Father’s house are many rooms; if it were not so, I would have told you. I am going there to prepare a place for you. 3And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come back and take you to be with me that you also may be where I am.