*In this passage, Jesus has finished what is commonly called the Last Supper with His disciples.
Supper’s now over and He has predicted that one of the disciples is going to betray Him.
And then He identifies that disciple as Judas Iscariot and He sends him on his wicked task.
*Now Jesus begins to talk to His disciples and (John 13:33) he says *"Little children, I am with you a little while longer.
You will seek Me; and as I said to the Jews, now I also say to you, ‘Where I am going, you cannot come " (John 13:33)
*Jesus went on to say *"A new commandment I give to you, that you love one another, even as I have loved you, that you also love one another.
“By this all men will know that you are My disciples, if you have love for one another" (Jn13:34-35)
However, Peter is stuck on the previous statement /“I am with you a little while longer.
You will seek Me; and as I said to the Jews, now I also say to you, ‘Where I am going, you cannot come" /(John 13:33)
· *Peter’s heart is very troubled:* Example-my kids if they cant come with me, they get bummed out.
· And so Peter asked a question and this is the beginning of a question~/answer session with the disciples.
· It actually begins here in chapter thirteen, it’s after the dinner, and Jesus is sharing things with them.
Having said that He’s going to go away, in a little while they can’t come where He is going, then Peter said to Him, Lord, where are You going?
Where are you going, Lord?
And Jesus answered Him, Where I am going you cannot follow Me now, but you shall follow me afterward.
Peter questioned again, /“Why can’t I follow You now?
I will lay down my life for You.” /And then Jesus predicted Peter’s denial before the rooster would crow in the morning.
So Jesus went on to say… /“Let not your heart be troubled”/ (John 14:1)
\\ !! A. Troubled hearts are delivered through belief (v.1).
!!! 1. “Let not your heart be troubled; you believe in God, believe also in Me…” (v.1a).
!!!! a) Deliverance from troubled hearts comes through belief in Jesus.
!!!!! (1) Believing in Jesus Christ will deliver you from trouble (John 14:6) /– He is the only way/
!!!!! (2) Continuing to believe in Jesus Christ while you are in the midst of trouble will carry you thru.
!!!!!! (a) When a sinner believes in Jesus Christ he has peace /with God/
*Paul put it this way* "Therefore, having been justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ" (Romans 5:1, NASB95)
!!!!!! (b) When we continue to believe in Jesus Christ and pray when we are anxious, we have the peace /of God/
*When bad times or situations come we are to *"Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God.
And the peace of God, which surpasses all comprehension, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus."
(Philippians 4:6-7, NASB95)
!!!!! (3) | We all have a tendency to borrow trouble & to imagine things worse than they really are |
The Lord does not want us to have troubled hearts but hearts of peace…
!!!!!! (a) What is it today that your heart is troubled about?
*/Child, work, finances, marriage…/*
!!!!!! (b) In the world, peace is something you hope for or work for; but to the Christian, peace is God’s wonderful gift, received by faith.
!!!!!! (c) Unsaved people enjoy peace when there is an */absence of trouble/*; Christians enjoy peace */in spite of trials/* because of the presence and power of the Holy Spirit.
*That is why Jesus said *"“Peace I leave with you; My peace I give to you; not as the world gives do I give to you.
Do not let your heart be troubled, nor let it be fearful."
*In Chapter 16 of Johns Gospel He said *"These things I have spoken to you, so that in Me you may have peace.
In the world you have tribulation, but take courage; I have overcome the world."
(John 16:33, NASB95)
*Loving God’s Word brings peace, in Psalm 119 we read *"Those who love Your law have great peace, And nothing causes them to stumble."
(Psalm 119:165, NASB95)
*Having our thoughts fixed upon God brings peace *"You will keep him in perfect peace, Whose mind is stayed on You, Because he trusts in You" (Isaiah 26:3, NKJV)
!!!!! (4) */“Troubled” /*means to to stir up, to trouble, agitate and is figuratively used of the mind, to disturb with various emotions such as fear.
!!!!! (5) Jesus knew their hearts, seeing right into them knowing they were troubled.
!!!!! (6) *Illustration: *A raging storm on the sea is intense, but go down under the water 200 ft, its calm!
!!!! b) Deliverance from troubled hearts comes through the example of Jesus *(Heb.12:1-4)*.
!!!!! (1) Think about this: John 13 is a really intense chapter…
!!!!!! (a) now Jesus says that His time has come to depart from this world to the Father…
!!!!!! (b) the devil puts into the heart of Judas to betray Jesus…
!!!!!! (c) the disciples argued over who was the greatest, no one took the initiative to wash feet, therefore, Jesus gives them an example of serving one another…
!!!!!! (d) the disciples were constantly asking Him questions…
!!!!!! (e) Jesus tells them that one of them is going to betray Him…and after that John tells us that Jesus’ spirit was troubled… remember Jn.14:1-/let not your heart be troubled”?/
!!!!!! (f) then Satan literally enters into Judas!
!!!!! (2) *Think about this:* Jesus is the one going to the cross and the disciples should be supporting Jesus but Jesus is supporting them spiritually as well as emotionally.
!!!!!! (a) Even when we are going thru tough times, the Lord wants us to minister to others!
!!!!!! (b) In another passage Jesus was sorrowful and deeply distressed *(Matt.26:36-46)*.
!!!!!! (c) Many times we want people to leave us alone but God wants us to minister to them.
\\ !!!!! (3) Jesus even ministered while on the cross.
!!!!!! (a) He prays for forgiveness to those who /“no not what they do”/
!!!!!! (b) He granted eternal life to a dying sinner who believed in Him (Luke 23:26-43)
!!!!!! (c) He didn’t overlook the responsibility to make provision for His mother (John 19:25, 26)
!!!!!! (d) He take’s upon Himself the sins of the world (Matt.27:45)
!! B. Troubled hearts are delivered through hope for God's house (v.2a).
!!! 1. “In My Fathers house are many mansions… /a permanent dwelling place/” (v.2a).
!!!! a) The Preparation of Heaven.
!!!!! (1) Imagine how thrilled the disciples were to hear that Christ was going to the Father to prepare a place for them.
!!!!! (2) That promise gave them a whole new perspective.
Christ wasn't going away to leave them; He was going away to get heaven ready for them, and this promise is for us as well.
!!!!! (3) *Think about this:* Christ went to prepare a place for us, not willing that any should perish, wanting all to spend eternity with Him, plenty of room in heaven…
*But when he was born, Luke says that Mary *"brought forth her firstborn Son, and wrapped Him in swaddling cloths, and laid Him in a manger, because there was no room for them in the inn." (Luke 2:7)
!!!!! (4) I love the way He addressed God as Father.
Jesus, who had dwelt eternally in the bosom of the Father, came forth to reveal the Father; He was busy about His Fathers business.
Now that His work would soon be done, He was planning to return to full glory with the Father.
!!!! b) The location of our future home.
!!!!! (1) What was Christ talking about when He referred to His Father's house?
He was speaking about heaven.
!!!!!! (a) In the New Testament, heaven is called a country (Heb.
11:16)… It’s called a city (Heb.
11:10)… It’s called a kingdom (Matt.
4:17)… and it is called paradise (Luke 23:43) because of its beauty.
!!!!!! (b) But what I like best is when Christ calls heaven "My Father's house."
As a child, whenever I traveled away from home for football games in Arizona, I always thought the best thing I could possibly do was go back to my father's house.
!!!!!! (c) Going to heaven won't be like going into a giant palace where we have to be formal.
When we go there, it'll be like going home:
!!!!! (2) In John 2:16, Jesus called the Temple in Jerusalem His Father's house.
!!!!!! (a) When He cleansed the Temple of merchants and moneychangers in (Matt.21:12-13),
He said, “It is written, /‘//My house shall be called a house of prayer,’/ but you have made it a /‘//den of thieves’/” (v.13).
!!!!!! (b) The Temple was the Father's house until (Matt.23:38),
where Jesus wept over Jerusalem and said, /"Behold, your house is left unto you desolate.”
/ From then on, heaven became the Father's house
\\ !!!! c) The layout of our future home.
!!!!! (1) Jesus said that in His Father's house "are many dwelling places" (John 14:2; NASB).
Some Bible translations use the phrase "many mansions" as the NKJV, however, that gives the incorrect idea:
!!!!!! (a) We tend to visualize a new real estate development with an agent who shows us a map and says, "Your mansion is two blocks down and four blocks to the left" but heaven won't be like that.
!!!!!! (b) *The phrase "dwelling places" refers to how the Israelites lived:*
(i) When a son became married, the father would add a wing to his house.