Context: The disciples had reason to be troubled. Jesus had just told them that one of them was a traitor, that another would deny Him before sunrise, and that He would leave them that night. For three years that were totally dependent on Him being there, they had given up everything to follow Him, and now He was going.
1 “Let not your hearts be troubled. Believe in God; believe also in me.
Troubled: “to cause one inward commotion, take away his calmness of mind, disturb; to disquiet, make restless”
–to be stirred up
Response to the troubled heart: Believe in God; believe also in me.
Believe: to place confidence in, trust
This was a radical call to trust in Jesus just as one would trust in God the Father, and a radical promise that doing so would bring comfort and peace to a troubled heart.
Reasons for calming the troubled heart: a future reunion in the Father’s house.
2 In my Father’s house are many rooms. If it were not so, would I have told you that I go to prepare a place for you? 3 And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again and will take you to myself, that where I am you may be also. 4 And you know the way to where I am going.”
Jesus spoke with complete confidence about heaven, here spoken of as His Father’s house.
Just as Jesus invites us to dine with Him in Rev 3:20 ‘Behold, I stand at the door and knock; if anyone hears My voice and opens the door, I will come in to him and will dine with him, and he with Me., he calls us into the Father’s House here in John.
And He prepares each room (when a precious one is invited to spend time at your home). He occupies the house. He comes and takes us into His residence to be with Him. This is our blessed hope, the Second Coming of Jesus.
Titus 2:12 training us to renounce ungodliness and worldly passions, and to live self-controlled, upright, and godly lives in the present age, 13 waiting for our blessed hope, the appearing of the glory of our great God and Savior Jesus Christ,
The church should never lose sight of our Heavenly citizenship. We are not of this world. We’re gonna live forever.
Phil 3:20 But our citizenship is in heaven, and from it we await a Savior, the Lord Jesus Christ,
The issues of life that trouble are hearts our temporary. These too shall pass.
2Cor 4:17 For momentary, light affliction is producing for us an eternal weight of glory far beyond all comparison,
2Cor 4:18 while we look not at the things which are seen, but at the things which are not seen; for the things which are seen are temporal, but the things which are not seen are eternal.
Ps. 23:6 Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life, and I shall dwell in the house of the LORD forever.
Let not your heart be troubled.
5 Thomas said to him, “Lord, we do not know where you are going. How can we know the way?” 6 Jesus said to him, “I am the way, and the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me. 7 If you had known me, you would have known my Father also. From now on you do know him and have seen him.”
We have a question and answer session between the Lord and His disciples. Thomas, fixated on the fact the Jesus will be leaving them soon, is confused. “We do not know where you are going. How can we know the way?”
Have you ever been confused about the direction that our life is taking? Ever wonder where the Lord is going? How to know the way? Jesus knows the way and the ultimate destination. “I am the way, … to the Father”
Jesus is the Way, the Father is the ultimate destination. Uncle Larry story. Everything Jesus did was to ultimately make it possible for us to know the Father. Reconciliation.
8 Philip said to him, “Lord, show us the Father, and it is enough for us.” 9 Jesus said to him, “Have I been with you so long, and you still do not know me, Philip? Whoever has seen me has seen the Father. How can you say, ‘Show us the Father’? 10 Do you not believe that I am in the Father and the Father is in me? The words that I say to you I do not speak on my own authority, but the Father who dwells in me does his works. 11 Believe me that I am in the Father and the Father is in me, or else believe on account of the works themselves.
12 “Truly, truly, I say to you, whoever believes in me will also do the works that I do; and greater works than these will he do, because I am going to the Father. 13 Whatever you ask in my name, this I will do, that the Father may be glorified in the Son. 14 If you ask me[ anything in my name, I will do it.