Summary: Jesus calms our troubled hearts when he tells us the end of the story. He is coming again to take us home.
Comforting a Troubled Heart.
When I was a little boy I remember having nightmares. There were two things that used to scare me to death. One was witches and the other was skeletons. Ooo! I hated those things! It all started when I saw the Wizard of Oz. It was Sunday evening and we were getting ready to go to church. The Wizard of Oz was on and it was right down to the wire! Dorothy and her friends were surrounded by the evil witch’s army. The witch was laughing hysterically! It was awful! Then the worst thing that can happen at a time like that happened! Mom came in and turned off the TV and made us get ready to go to church! I had no idea how it ended! I could just imagine Dorothy and her friends being horribly tormented by the witch! I didn’t know the end of the story till Monday when I got to ask my buddies at school who didn’t go to church on Sunday nights. There I learned that Dorothy melted down the witch with a bucket of water… cheesy way to go, if you ask me. And Dorothy becomes a hero and ends up going home to Kansas and loved ones. There’s no place like home.
Few things calm a troubled heart like knowing the end of the story, especially when the story takes you home to those you love.
In John 14, Jesus tells us the end of the story. Even though he leaves us here for a while and the ride is really rough, he’s coming back to get us and take us home.
We need to replay the previous chapter to appreciate Jesus words here. John 13. First Jesus washes their feet. When Peter tries to stop Jesus from washing his feet he gets a scalding rebuke. Then while they are eating, Jesus says that one of them will betray him. They are all staring at each other wondering who it could be. Judas is secretly pointed out by taking a piece of bread from Jesus and he leaves. Jesus tells them to love one another and then tells them he is going away and they can’t follow. Peter again pipes up and asks why? Then Peter declares that he is ready to lay down his life for Jesus. Jesus, speaking again to Peter says, "Will you really lay down your life for me? I tell you the truth, before the rooster crows, you will disown me three times!" That’s chapter 13.
Wow! What a disturbing chapter! From arguing about who is the greatest, to getting a humiliating foot washing from their master, to hearing that one of them will betray Jesus, to Jesus confrontation with Peter a second time tonight! Some may have been wondering if Peter was the betrayer.
In the midst of this heart troubling time, Jesus speaks these words of peace and comfort. It was time to settle down and listen. Emotions were probably very high. Jesus tells them, "Let not your hearts be troubled. You believe in God, believe also in me! In my father’s house are many rooms (mansions is not a good translation). If it were not so, I would have told you. I go to prepare a place for you. And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again and receive you unto myself, that where I am, there you may be also. And where I go you know, and the way you know."