14 Hope for the Worst of Times
Updated: Oct 14, 2021
As we enter into this Corona Virus Pandemic we have no idea how bad this will be or how extensively we will be affected. However in today's podcast you will find hope in knowing how captivated God is with you. So, "Let not your heart be troubled. . . "
The Romancing of the Sinner
Hope for the Human Heart
John 14 1 Let not your hearts be troubled. You believe in God; believe also in me.
John 13 34 “A new command I give you: Love one another. As I have loved you, so you must love one another. 35 By this all men will know that you are my disciples, if you love one another.”
John 13 36 Simon Peter asked him, “Lord, where are you going?” Jesus replied, “Where I am going, you cannot follow now, but you will follow later.”
John 13 37 Peter asked, “Lord, why can’t I follow you now? I will lay down my life for you.” 38 Then Jesus answered, “Will you really lay down your life for me? I tell you the truth, before the rooster crows, you will disown me three times!”
John 14:1 “Let not your hearts be troubled.” After denying Jesus 3 times? Sin of commission! Peter is dismayed, discouraged, and depressed
Proverbs 12:25 An anxious heart weighs a man down, but a kind word cheers him up.
Luke 21:34 “Be careful, or your hearts will be weighed down with dissipation, drunkenness and the anxieties of life, and that day will close on you unexpectedly like a trap.
Matthew 6:25 “Therefore I tell you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat or drink; or about your body, what you will wear. Is not life more important than food, and the body more important than clothes? 32 For the pagans run after all these things, and your heavenly Father knows that you need them.
John 14:1 . . . You believe in God, believe also in me. Believe what?
Believe what? God is in personal relationship with you. He is emotionally connected with you: 1. God knows your name. 2. You are precious to him. 3. God works for your good in every possible way he can.
John 14:2 In my Father’s house are many rooms; if it were not so, I would have told you.
Extreme Romantic language. “We need to add a room.”
John 14:2 “I am going there to prepare a place for you.” How would he prepare the room? How do you think Jesus will prepare your room?
3 “And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come back and take you to be with me that you also may be where I am.” Jesus claims us in two ways:
He tells us who we are—Royal children of God (Rm 8:14-17)
He takes us physically to be with him. If you are dead he resurrects you!
Revelation 21 1 Then I saw a new heaven and a new earth, for the first heaven and the first earth had passed away, and there was no longer any sea.
2 I saw the Holy City, the new Jerusalem, coming down out of heaven from God, prepared as a bride beautifully dressed for her husband.
3 And I heard a loud voice from the throne saying, “Now the dwelling of God is with men, and he will live with them. They will be his people, and God himself will be with them and be their God.
4 He will wipe every tear from their eyes. There will be no more death or mourning or crying or pain, for the old order of things has passed away.”
Because we have a vision of God’s tomorrow – We have HOPE Because of this HOPE we cope. Troubles, even death, may come But we are steadfast because of this HOPE in Jesus Christ.