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We certainly are easily disturbed people. Our world pushes us this way and that way. We worry about our economy, our health, our relationships with others, how we are doing at work, what our friends (and enemies) will think of us. Our lives are fragile and our hopes crumble at the slightest challenge. What can we do about it? Do we just turn up our courage?
John 14:1-14 calls us to look to Jesus as our hope. We are not troubled because he has overcome the world. We are not troubled because he gives us a future. We are not troubled because he does great works, calling us out of darkness and into his life. We are not troubled because Jesus goes to the Father.
What’s the hope in all this? Whatver the situation, whatever the trial, whatever the threat, Jesus has faced it. The Triune God - Father, Son, and Holy Spirit - reigns over all and will surely guard and guide his people. There is nothing to fear.
Have we been with Jesus all this time and we still don’t know him? Are we, like Philip, bound by doubt and fear? May the Lord continue to work courage in his people.
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