Cornerstone EPC (Maundy) Thursday evening
Franklin, NC 28734 April 18, 2019
“Let Not Your Heart Be Troubled”
Once again, it is night—the night on which Jesus is betrayed. Jesus, with His disciples, enjoys the Passover meal with His disciples this night. The assembled disciples, less Judas Iscariot, are still at table (and will be until John 14:31). The tone at this place in Jesus’ Farewell Discourse is conversational; the disciples at times ask questions, and Jesus replies. Our text tonight opens with Jesus, on the heels of predicting Peter’s three denials, telling the disciples and us, “Let not your hearts be troubled.”
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The theme of this text is Jesus’ command, “Let not your hearts be troubled.” The Greek word here rendered troubled (tarasso [tarassw]) can mean, depending on context, caused great distress, shaken, or besieged by riot. In all that faced the disciples that long weekend—and in all we face constantly—we may well ask, “Why not?” The answers lie in the rest of our passage
First, in the Father’s house are many rooms. There are enough dwelling places to accommodate every elect soul, and each is prepared specially for its occupant. This must be so—for if it be not, Jesus would have told us. Second, Jesus will come to take us there—either at our individual Home-goings or at His glorious return. In any case, our prospect is inexpressibly excellent. Third, we know the way (or, the Way). Jesus Himself is the Way (cf. John 14:6), and the instrumental means to Jesus, and to abundant, eternal life in and with Him, is faith—and that God-given, by His grace (Ephesians 2:9), and for His glory.
The disciples’ world soon (in hours, or less) would turn upside down. Jesus would be betrayed and arrested, and these would commence His agony for our atonement. Yet He has overcome the world (John 16:33)—and He showed it decisively on the first morning of the new week by His resurrection from the dead.
Therefore, what troubles you tonight—or what threatens to trouble you tonight? Is there physical or material trouble in your life tonight? Is there mental, emotional, or spiritual trouble in your soul tonight? The triune God, via the Holy Spirit, speaks to our souls. Hear ye Him. “Let not your hearts be troubled. Trust in God; trust also in Me” (John 14:1). “Peace I leave with you; my peace I give to you. Not as the world gives do I give to you. Let not your hearts be troubled; neither let them be afraid” (John 14:27). “Do not be anxious about anything, 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 understanding, will guard your hearts and minds in Christ Jesus” (Philippians 4:6-7).
Therefore, cast your cares upon the Lord, for He cares for you (1 Peter 5:7) and He will sustain you (Psalm 55:22). AMEN.