Summary: Sermon discussing separation from home during military deployment.

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Managing Separation

John 14

CH (CPT) Keith J. Andrews

All Scriptures Marked NKJV; The New King James Version. 1996, c1982. Nashville: Thomas Nelson.

Readers Digest had a story about a soldier’s who dropped fiancé off at the airport after a week long visit.

The young girl was waiting for her plane and began to realize how much she missed her fiancé. So she began to cry.

The woman next her tried to comfort her by asking what was wrong. The girl told her how she was on her way home after visiting her fiancé.

The woman said, “If you truly love him, it will work out. I know. My ex-husband was in the army.”

We in the military are all too familiar with separations. We experience separations due to back to back deployments, training exercises, and schools.

How should we react during the separation?

We can look to Jesus as an example on how to react, when we are separated from people we love.

In John Chapter 14 Jesus is explaining several things to the disciples.

It was the night that he would be betrayed. Jesus knew it was. He was giving them his last words of instructions.

Jesus knew that in the very near future, he would be separated from his disciples; the friends that he has made and the friends that have followed him. He knows that in a matter of days, he will be hung on a cross and die – only to rise from the grave.

The separation that Jesus is talking in John 14, however, is not about his death, but his ascension into heaven.

In heaven, he knows that he won’t be physically with them as we understand it. He won’t eat with them. He won’t share stories with them. In a very real sense, Jesus will be separated from them.

But by the way Jesus acts, teaches, and provides for his friends he gives us an example in how we are to live when we are separated from our love ones.

He first shows us that

When we are separated, remember why we are separated.

Look at John 14: 1-3:

1“Let not your heart be troubled; you believe in God, believe also in Me. 2 In 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. 3 And 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. (Jo. 14:1-3, NKJV)

Jesus is going to prepare a place for us. He must leave in order to do this. We can get into a long theological discussion of why Jesus ascended into heaven, but here in John 14 he says that he is going to prepare a place for us.

Jesus has a purpose for the separation.

My wife, Monica, makes the best cakes. I especially like her chocolate, chocolate cake. Sometimes, she will make a cake and I will have it for breakfast everyday for a week.

I love her cakes.

She is very particular about following the recipes. When she is cooking, she always separates the egg whites from the egg yolks. Coincidently, all cakes recipes have that requirement.

There are several reasons for this. The one that makes the most sense is concerning the baking temperatures.

The whites cook at a lower temperature than the yolks. If you leave the whites in, you will have a “scrambled egg” in the middle of the cake and it will be completely destroyed.

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