June 7, 2017

John 14:1 (NLT) — 1 “Don’t let your hearts be troubled. Trust in God, and trust also in me.

Jesus is assuming that his disciples trust God that is why he says ‘and trust also in me. The key word being also. Up to this point Jesus has been proving to his disciples that he is God by his works and his speech. He knows that what he is going to go through in the crucifixion will look like he lied; that he is not really God. I mean how could God let humans do that to him right? It is going to look like Jesus doesn’t have things under control as God would.

We have the advantage of looking back and seeing that he did have things under control. He, God the Father, and the Holy Spirit planned everything out. The people of the day were just carrying out God’s plans even though they thought it was their idea. Jesus had even revealed this plan to the disciples. He told them that he would be crucified but that he would rise on the third day. He even told them to meet him in Galilee. He also knew that what they saw and the emotions they would experience would cause them to forget all that he said even to the point of doubting that he was God. And that is why he said ‘trust’.

Even though we are able to look back on the life of Jesus and see that he truly is God and that he works everything out according to his plan; we like the disciples can let what we see going on around us and the emotions that we are experiencing evaporate our trust.

So how do we maintain our trust when it looks like Jesus has left us on our own to face the difficulties of life? This following illustration has always helped me to maintain my trust and I hope it helps you.

I am an avid Indianapolis Colts football fan. Years ago I used to have a friend in Indiana tape the games, that the Colts would win, for me because they hardly ever show the Colts locally here. So as I watched the game and no matter how many tackles the Colts missed or how many of their passes were intercepted or how many points they were behind I never got upset or rattled. I even found myself laughing at some of the mistakes. I never lost my faith in them because I had seen the tape and I knew they eventually would come back and win the game.

That is the way it should be as we live this life. No matter what difficulties or setbacks we may experience we can always count on Jesus to bring us through with a win. Why? Well we have in a sense seen the tape of his life in the gospels and Jesus always wins and because we are his brothers and sisters we can trust that he will see to it that we win at this life too! We may even find ourselves able to laugh at some of the difficulties.

John 20:27–29 (NLT) — 27 Then he said to Thomas, “Put your finger here, and look at my hands. Put your hand into the wound in my side. Don’t be faithless any longer. Believe!” 28 “My Lord and my God!” Thomas exclaimed. 29 Then Jesus told him, “You believe because you have seen me. Blessed are those who believe without seeing me.”

Lets not be faithless any longer; trust in God and trust also in Jesus.

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