â€œDo not let your hearts be troubled. Trust in God; trust also in me.â€Â Â Â Â Â John 14:1 (NIV)
Jesus said to his disciples, â€œDonâ€™t be worried! Have faith in God and have faith in me.â€Â Â Â Â John 14:1 (CEV)
â€œDonâ€™t let this throw you. You trust God, donâ€™t you? Trust me.â€Â Â Â Â John 14:1 (The Message)
â€œTrust meâ€ Period. Jesus had just washed the disciplesâ€™ feet and had released Judas to leave and do what he was going to do. The revelation that there was a betrayer among them must have been a jaw-dropper and a heart-sinker. And then Jesus says more:
After Judas had gone, Jesus said: Now the Son of Man will be given glory, and he will bring glory to God. Then, after God is given glory because of him, God will bring glory to him, and God will do it very soon.
My children, I will be with you for a little while longer. Then you will look for me, but you won’t find me. I tell you just as I told the people, “You cannot go where I am going.” But I am giving you a new command. You must love each other, just as I have loved you. If you love each other, everyone will know that you are my disciples.â€
Simon Peter asked, “Lord, where are you going?”
Jesus answered, “You can’t go with me now, but later on you will.”
Peter asked, “Lord, why can’t I go with you now? I would die for you!”
“Would you really die for me?” Jesus asked. “I tell you for certain that before a rooster crows, you will say three times that you don’t even know me.”Â Â Â John 13:31-38 (CEV)
Notice that there is no comment about the â€˜new commandâ€™. The disciples are immediately filled with grief and worry. And the â€˜big guyâ€™, Peter, the one who is looked on as a leader, is told that he will deny Jesus. I can only imagine how the disciples were reeling! I bet they were hoping that Jesus would just Shut up! because they couldnâ€™t take any more! But He does tell them more. He tells them not to worry â€“ trust Him.
I have a â€˜worryâ€™ today. I admit that there is scarcely a day goes by that I donâ€™t have something come across my mind that I would define as a â€˜worryâ€™. Jesus is very specific here about my â€˜worryâ€™. Trust Him. Thatâ€™s it. No prayer strategy. No series of study and meditations. No discussion. Donâ€™t worry â€“ trust Jesus.
Jesus said to his disciples: If you love me, you will do as I command. Then I will ask the Father to send you the Holy Spirit who will help you and always be with you. The Spirit will show you what is true. The people of this world cannot accept the Spirit, because they don’t see or know him. But you know the Spirit, who is with you and will keep on living in you. I won’t leave you like orphans. I will come back to you. In a little while the people of this world won’t be able to see me, but you will see me. And because I live, you will live. Then you will know that I am one with the Father. You will know that you are one with me, and I am one with you. If you love me, you will do what I have said, and my Father will love you. I will also love you and show you what I am like.â€Â Â Â Â John 14:15-21 (CEV)
And so Jesus tells me that He knows that trust will be a difficult thing for me but He desires so much that I be obedient to His commands that He sends me a Helper who will speak to me; speak His truth to me. Right now is the time for me to listen to Him. Shhh. Be still and know He is God.