There were sever reasons why the hearts of His disciples became troubled and frighted at this time, Let us “Look unto Jesus the author and finisher of our faith; who for the joy that was set before him endured the cross, despising the shame, and is set down at the right hand of the throne of God” (Heb.12:2).
Judas had left the company,the Lord had been speaking of going away, and had just been warning Peter that before the cock would crow he would deny Him thrice.
Our hearts also may often get troubled when we look at the signs of the times, or when we look within at our own sins and failures “And when these things begin to come to pass, then look up, and lift up your heads; for your redemption draweth nigh.” (Lk.21:28).
Hearttrouble is a common illness, but the word and work of Jesus Christ is a perfect remedy.
He came to bind up the broken heart. When Jesus said,“Let not your heart be frighted,” He at the same time poured the oil of comfort upon the troubled waters, “And, behold, I send the promise of my Father upon you: but tarry ye in the city of Jerusalem, until ye be endued with power from on high.”(Lk.24:49).
In this prescription for a troubled heart that is given by the Great Physician, there are a number of comforting elements in this setting. Jesus has all power on earth and in heaven.
“Ye believe in God, believe also in me, To believe in Jesus is to believe in God. “I and My Father are One.” “ Believest thou not that I am in the Father, and the Father in me? the words that I speak unto you I speak not of myself: but the Father that dwelleth in me, he doeth the works.: (Jh.14:10).
What a comfort to a sinful and sorrowful soul to know that He who suffered and died for sinners has all the authority and power of Almighty God, Jesus stated “All power is given unto me in Heaven and in earth.” (Mat. 28:18).
Trembling soul, frighted at your own guilt and at coming death and
judgment, let not your heart be troubled, believe in Him. “I said therefore unto you, that ye shall die in your sins: for if ye believe not that I am he, ye shall die in your sins.” (Jh.8:24) Jesus said unto them, “Verily, verily, I say unto you, Before Abraham was, I am. (Jh.8:58).”
There are many mansions waiting for us “In My Father’s house are many mansions” (v.2.). The “many mansions” is another way of saying there is plenty of room. The reception room of the Father’s house is large enough for all, and their are multitudes of private apartments for each one of us.
You may be in straights here and now, there may be no room for you in the world’s inns, although, like the Master Himself, you may not have no where to lay your head, “let not your heart be troubled, in our Father’s house are many mansions.” And even to your old age I am he; and even to hoar hairs will I carry you: I have made, and I will bear; even I will carry, and will deliver you.” (Isa.46:4)
There is a place being prepared for us. “I go to prepare a place for you” Jesus went to the Cross and the grave to prepare salvation for us. He went out of the grave, rising from the dead that He might prepare eterna1 life for us.
He ascended into Heaven that He might prepare a home for us. The prepared place will correspond with the preparedness of the soul here by the work of Almighty God in us.
The measure of our enjoyment of the Kingdom of Heaven will be according to the measure of our spiritual capacity.
Hence the importance of growing in grace now, and in the knowledge of God is need full. Let not your heart be troubled, the place prepared for you will be in every way exactly suitable to you “Thus saith the Lord; Cursed be the man that trusteth in man, and maketh flesh his arm, and whose heart departeth from the Lord.” (Jer.17:5).
Jesus is coming Again, “I will come again.” When Jesus said, I will come again, He who is the Life can never be compared to death, Jesus meant what He said, “For the Lord himself shall descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of the archangel, and with the trump of God: and the dead in Christ shall rise first: therefore comfort one another with these words(1.Thess. 4:16,18).
Let not your heart be troubled about the loved ones who have fallen asleep in Jesus, for in that day “them will He bring with Him,” and we shall be “caught uptogether” (1.Thess. 4:17).
Neither let your heart be frighted at the things that are coming to pass on the earth, for “He shall reign till He hath put all enemies under His feet” (1.Cor.15. 25).
There will be a reception day, “I will come again and receive you myself, that where I am there ye may be also.” To be received by Him is to have the honour of the Father and of the Kingdom conferred upon us.
His prayer on our behalf will then have its perfect fulfilment, “Father, I will that they also, whom Thou hast given Me, be with me where I am that they may behold My glory” (Jh.17:24) “If any man serve Me…where I am, there shall also My servant be. Let not your heart be troubled although the world despise and reject you, there is a heavenly home for us.
We will have a eternal home, “Where I am, there ye may be also.” Meanwhile the clouds of earth partly blinds our eyes to the glories of that place where He is. Christ hath been exalted far above all principalities and powers, “Wherefore God also hath highly exalted him, and given him a name which is above every name” (Phil.2:9).
He is seated at the right hand of God, crowned with glory and honour ; and where He is, there His beloved bride shall be, to behold His glory, and to glory in beholding it.
The place of honour purchased by the Lord Jesus Christ, as the Redeemer, is to be shared by the redeemed.
Let not your heart be troubled although your circumstances here may be mingled with trials and sorrows, all tears will be wiped away when at home with Him where He is (Re. 21:4) “And God shall wipe away all tears from their eyes; and there shall be no more death, neither sorrow, nor crying, neither shall there be any more pain: for the former things are passed away.” (Rev.21:4).
What blessed assurance we have.“Whither I go ye know, and the way ye know” (v. 4). Blessed be His
Name, we know where He is gone, and also the way into His presence.
The way ye know. That is, the way that leads to the dwelling-place to which he was going. The way which they were to tread was to obey his precepts, imitate his example, and follow him,
Jesus is the way, He is the highway spoken of in (Isa 35:8), “And an highway shall be there, and a way, and it shall be called The way of holiness; the unclean shall not pass over it; but it shall be for those: the wayfaring men, though fools, shall not err therein.”
Jesus is our way, for we enter in by him. By his doctrine and example he teaches us our duty, by his merit and intercession he bring around our happiness, and so he is the way.
In Christ God and man meet, and are brought together. We could not get to the tree of life in the way of innocency; but Christ is the only way to it.
By Christ, as the way an highway is settled and kept up between heaven and earth; the angels of God ascend and descend; our prayers go to God, and his blessings come to us by Christ; this is the way that leads to rest, the good old way
He is gone to prepare a place for us, and He Himself is the Way (v.6).
The way to where He is, is the way of faith in Him. Faith in Him always leads to Him “The way ye know.” There is a way that seemeth right unto men, but the end is death, instead of life and glory,
Let not your heart be troubled, the way may at times be rough and thorny, and narrow, and may seem long, but
five minutes at home with Jesus will abundantly compensate for all the inconveniences of our Christian life.
The way ye know, and it should be enough for us that it is the way.