Summary: The Cure For Heart Trouble - John chapter 14 verses 1-6 – sermon by Gordon Curley PowerPoint slides to accompany this talk are available on request – email: firstname.lastname@example.org
(1). One key Principle (vs 1).
‘Personal faith in a personal God brings personal strength!’
(2). Three Guarantees of Jesus:
• Guarantee #1: "I GO" (vs 2) – that speaks of a place.
• Guarantee #2: "I WILL" (vs 3) - that speaks of a promise.
• Guarantee #3: "I AM" (vs 6) - speaks of provision.
(3). Three Claims of Jesus:
• Claim #1: He is “The Way” (vs 6a)
• Claim #2: He is “The truth” (vs 6b)
• Claim #3: He is “The life” (vs 6c)
• A father came home from work and was met by his five-year-old daughter,
• She didn’t normally run up to him in the garden and enthusiastically greet him.
• He looked at his daughter and she was not smiling.
• So he asked her a question, “what’s wrong darling?”
• His daughter replied. “All day long I’ve been having trouble with your wife.
• We all have trouble, sometimes it’s a result of our own foolish actions,
• Other times it is the result of circumstances out of our control.
The disciples of Jesus have troubled hearts at the start of this chapter:
• The reasons (in the previous chapter):
• Jesus has spoken of his betrayal and death (chapter 13 verses 21-30),
• They assumed he was going to be around forever and now they are told he is going away.
• And his departure will not be a pleasant one…betrayal and death!
• And they are not stupid,
• They know that what happens to the master can also happen to the disciples.
• So they are also troubled for themselves as well.
• Not only is Jesus going away but he is going away without them!
• “Where I am going, you can’t come” (chapter 13 verse :33).
• For disciples who have left everything to follow Jesus,
• It must be terribly disorienting to hear Jesus say that he is leaving them.
• So that is why their hearts are troubled,
• This news will mean that their whole world will be turned upside down!
• Those three things will always trouble people,
• No matter who you are or what time period you live in,
• Human beings will always be troubled by death, by trials and by disloyalty.
(1). Key Principle:
• Now in chapter 14 Jesus gives the disciples words of comfort:
• The key principle is this:
• Personal faith in a personal God brings personal strength!
• Verse 1:
• “‘Do not let your hearts be troubled. You believe in God; believe also in me.”
• In the Greek text all the verbs are present imperatives;
• That simply means they carry the idea of;
• “Keep believing in God…keep believing in me”
• Circumstances have changed but God hasn’t!
• Circumstances have changed but Jesus hasn’t!
• One day, the great Baptist preacher C.H. Spurgeon,
• Was walking through the English countryside with a friend.
• As they strolled along, Spurgeon noticed a barn with a weather vane on its roof.
• At the top of the vane were these words: GOD IS LOVE.
• Spurgeon remarked to his companion;
• That he thought this was a rather inappropriate place for such a message.
• "Weather vanes are changeable," he said, "but God’s love is constant."
• His friend said: “Charles you’ve misunderstood the meaning.
• That sign is indicating a truth: Regardless of which way the wind blows, God is love."
• TRANSITION: Circumstances change all the time, but God doesn’t!
• Circumstances change all the time, but the promises of Jesus do not!
• They are anchors for the soul however rough the sea of life might be!
Notice: Jesus gives the disciples some assurances concerning the future:
“‘Do not let your hearts be troubled. You believe in God[a]; believe also in me. 2 My Father’s house has many rooms; if that were not so, would I have told you that I am going there to prepare a place for you? 3 And 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. 4 You know the way to the place where I am going.’”
• Jesus told his disciples not to be troubled.
• If they trusted God, they needed to trust Him!
• Then he gives to them three reasons or three guarantees for trusting him.
(2). Three Guarantees of Jesus:
Guarantee #1: "I GO" or “I am going” (vs 2) – that speaks of a place.
• Jesus came from heaven to earth,
• We celebrate this every Christmas.
• Now he says it’s time to go home, time to return.