Monday, September 21, 2015

Christ Loves me......

Do not let your heart be troubled; believe in God, believe also in Me. John 14:1

The love of my Lord and Savior Jesus Christ has no limitations. As He was approaching the end of His ministry one would think that He'd be more concerned about what was to happen to Him (He was about to accomplish His mission by dying on the cross to reconcile man with God), but He wasn't worried about himself. He instead chose to comfort the disciples. He knew what was in man and was well aware of what was passing in the minds of His disciples. He knew how they were troubled, and what anxious, and despairing thoughts were arising in their hearts, and He could not help but be touched with the feeling of their infirmities. They could not enter into His feelings; but He, could enter into theirs. There was room in His large heart for their sorrows, as well as His own. He feels their griefs, as if they were His own; and kindly comforts those whom He knew were soon to desert Him in the hour of His deepest sorrow.

"Let not your heart be troubled" (John 14:1). It was the sorrows of their hearts which now occupied the great heart of love and not His destiny. The disciples were troubled at hearing that one of them should betray Him (John 13:21). They were troubled at seeing their Master "troubled in spirit" (John 13:21); troubled because He would remain with them only a "little while" (John 13:33); troubled over the warning He had given to Peter, that he would deny His Lord not once or twice but tree times. They must have been confused because right after His entry into Jerusalem they had heard Him speak of Himself as the "corn of wheat" which must fall into the ground and die. He had said, "Yet a little while I am with you. Ye shall seek me: and as I said unto the Jews, Whither I go, ye cannot come; so now I say to you." All this must have been sufficient to fill them with anxiety and sorrow. Jesus of course knew it. He understood their sorrow and opted to once again put their needs before His own.

Friend, it should be remembered that the Lord and Savior Jesus was speaking not only to the Eleven disciples, but to us as well. "Believe in God," is an exhortation which we constantly need. "Let not your heart be troubled" definitely was not addressed to the eleven disciples alone. It is as relevant today for you and I. Friend, God knows what is best for you. He is still in control of "your" world, and He makes all things work together for "your" good. He is on the throne, ruling the army of heaven and the inhabitants of the earth and our savior.  Jesus Christ is sitting at His right constantly reminding Him of His great love for "you", the love that cause Him to die so that you may have abundant; therefore have no fear. Though the earth be removed, and though the mountains be carried into the midst of the sea; though your world seem upside down and your trials and tribulations come thick and fast, still worry not.

Though you are misunderstood and unappreciated, though your children abandon you, and you are rejected by a spouse, your last relationship ended once again and no one seems to care about you, but my dear friend you can believe in the absolute, immutable, and unconditional love of God. "If God be for us who can be against us?" Believe in the love that sent His only son to die so that you and I can become a son/daughter of the almighty God. Believe in His absolute sovereignty, His infinite wisdom, His unchanging faithfulness; believe in the limitless compassion of God. Believe in the One who put your needs before His own. Believe that one day (soon) He will come to take you with Him so you can be where is for all eternity. "If I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again and receive you to myself, that where I am, there you may be also." John 14:3

Praise the Lord!