Jesus Comforts Troubled Hearts, Part 1 (Just Jesus Evangelistic Campaign, Day 214)
TEXT: John 14:1-3
1 Let not your heart be troubled: ye believe in God, believe also in me.
2 In my Father’s house are many mansions: if it were not so, I would have told you. I go to prepare a place for you.
3 And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again, and receive you unto myself; that where I am, there ye may be also.
Today, I am continuing the daily Just Jesus Evangelistic Campaign sermon series, which is aimed at sharing the Gospel of the Lord Jesus Christ with unbelievers and reminding Christians, in this important election year, to keep the main thing the main thing — and that is reaching unbelievers with the Gospel of the Lord Jesus Christ and praying for their salvation, for the problem in America is not only disobedient presidents, politicians, and people, but disobedient pastors, preachers, and parishioners who have refused to obey the Lord’s Great Commission which is to, “Go ye into all the world, and preach the gospel to every creature.” and who have refused to obey God’s repeated commands to “pray without ceasing” for unbelievers, believers, and political leaders. Yes, you should pray for the right candidate to win; yes, you should vote for the candidate that the Lord gives you peace about voting for. But, don’t get caught up in it like the world does. Nothing much is going to change until people get saved and get their hearts right with the Lord.
This campaign is inspired by the following three verses: 1 Corinthians 2:2 which says, “For I determined not to know anything among you, save Jesus Christ, and him crucified.” Acts 5:42 which says, “And daily in the temple, and in every house, they ceased not to teach and preach Jesus Christ.” And 2 Timothy 2:4 which says, “No man that warreth entangleth himself with the affairs of this life; that he may please him who hath chosen him to be a soldier.”
This series is not for Christians necessarily. However, I do hope you are one of those saints who still loves to hear the “Old, old story of Jesus and His love” — As another hymn says, “For those who know it best Seem hungering and thirsting to hear it like the rest.” This series is primarily for unbelievers, so they can hear and understand the Gospel and be saved from sin and the punishment of sin which is hell. This is message number 214.
James Morrison said, “Jesus’ disciples felt His departure like torture. But it was then that He consoled them with such simple and glorious speech that all of Christendom is the debtor to their agony.”
As we begin this new chapter, let’s review everything that is going through the disciples’ minds right now. Jesus has told them:
1. That He was going away.
2. That He would die.
3. That one of the disciples was a traitor.
4. That Peter would deny knowing Him three times.
Matthew and Luke inform us that Jesus had also told them:
5. That Satan was working against them all.
6. That all of the disciples would fall away.
Jesus did not intend to discourage the disciples by telling them all this, but that was the cumulative effect of these devastating revelations. Their hearts were heavy. They became saddened. They had begun that week riding high during Jesus’ triumphal entry, but now they bordered on the brink of despair.
In the midst of their final hours, Jesus set out to comfort them in the midst of their discouragement. He said, “Let not your heart be troubled…” The word troubled means “to cause inward commotion or to take away peace and calmness of mind.” Many of us skip over this little phrase and hurry on to Jesus’ promises about going to Heaven and preparing a place for us there.
However, we need to pause for a moment and really understand what it means to ‘let not our hearts be troubled.’ There are truly some things that happen in this world that are a reason for us to be troubled.. For the disciples, they were fearful of Jesus leaving them. After three years of walking with the Lord, their expectations were high, and they found it hard to understand that Jesus had to die and leave them for a time. Today, we also experience situations that cause fear, doubt, and uncertainty to creep into our hearts. Yet, Jesus’ command to us is “let not your hearts be troubled.”
And, yes, it is a command. The thing that most of us miss about this verse is the two little words “let not.” Ray Stedman said that those words ‘let not’ “mean that the disciples could do something about their problem. They held in their own hands the key to their release from heart trouble. It was possible for them either to let it happen, or not to let it happen.”
Jesus was telling His disciples that they could choose confidence over doubt, faith over disbelief, peace over discomfort, and, yes, even in a time like this, joy over despair. Someone once said, “You are as happy as you choose to be.” The same thing goes for all other emotions.
You might be troubled about many things right now. The world, the flesh, and the devil will tell you that you have to live under the circumstances, that all you can do is wallow in despair. But Jesus tells us that we possess the power of choice. We do not have to be overwhelmed by fear, uncertainty, and hopelessness. We do not have to let our hearts be troubled.
Deborah Ann Belka wrote:
Let not your heart be troubled,
let not worry start your day
for Jesus came to give you
a new and peaceful way.
Let not concern unsettle you,
let not stress take its toll
for Jesus is here to calm you
and give quietness to your soul.
Let not your mind be burdened,
let not anguish weigh you down
for Jesus you can depend on
His tranquility is all around.
You can begin to find peace in whatever troublesome situation you are in by placing your faith and trust in the Prince of Peace.
Jesus Christ said in John 3:16 states, “For God so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in Him should not perish, but have everlasting life.”
The Bible also says in Romans 10:9 and 13: “That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved…. For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved.”
If you believe that Jesus Christ died on the cross for your sins, was buried, and rose from the dead, and you want to trust Him for your salvation today, please pray with me this simple prayer: Holy Father God, I realize that I am a sinner and that I have done some bad things in my life. I am sorry for my sins, and I want to turn from my sins. For Jesus Christ sake, please forgive me of my sins. I now believe with all of my heart that Jesus Christ died for me, was buried, and rose again. I trust Him as my Savior and follow Him as Lord from this day forward. Lord Jesus, please come into my heart and save my soul and change my life today. Amen.
If you believed in your heart that Jesus Christ died on the cross, was buried, and rose again, allow me to say, congratulations on doing the most important thing in life and that is accepting Jesus Christ as your Lord and Saviour! For more information to help you grow in your newfound faith in Christ, go to Gospel Light Society.com and read “What To Do After You Enter Through the Door”. Jesus Christ said in John 10:9, “I am the door: by me if any man enter in, he shall be saved, and shall go in and out, and find pasture.”
If you accepted Jesus Christ as your Savior today, please e-mail me at firstname.lastname@example.org and let us know. There is some free material that we want to send you. If you have a prayer request, please e-mail that to us as well, and we will pray for you until you tell us to stop.
God loves you. We love you. And may God bless you.