Bible Pathways - November 6, 2005
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- 2005 Nov 06
Read John 13
Jesus washes His disciples' feet; Jesus foretells His betrayal, His death and second coming; Holy Spirit promised
Eleven of the 12 apostles were convinced that Jesus was the Messiah. Along with the multitude, they too had joined in shouting the Messianic greeting: Hosanna: Blessed is the King of
Some of the most comforting words of Jesus were spoken at the very moment that the religious leaders were planning how to kill Him and He knew it. With the utmost calm He said: Let not your heart be troubled: ye believe in God, believe also in Me. . . . I go to prepare a place for you. And . . . I will come again, and receive you unto Myself; that where I am, there ye may be also. . . . Peace I leave with you, My peace I give unto you: not as the world giveth, give I unto you. Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid (14:1-3,27).
The picture is much clearer to us 2,000 years later, as we read the full story. However, like the disciples, occasionally each of us is faced with uncertainties of what tomorrow may bring. When we are facing financial loss, divorce, disease, handicaps, or other "things" that happen to those who love the Lord, we need to remember that the Lord knows how to take care of our tomorrows. We too, with the utmost confidence, should seek to obey our Lord's comforting command: Let not your heart be troubled: ye believe in God, believe also in Me (14:1).
We must choose whether or not we will allow our hearts to be troubled. Every disappointment offers an opportunity to overcome stress, fear, and depression, to develop patience, and to increase our faith in God.
The Apostle Peter assures us: Beloved, think it not strange concerning the fiery trial (painful ordeal) which is to try (test) you, as though some strange thing happened unto you: But rejoice, inasmuch as ye are partakers (sharers) of Christ's sufferings; that, when His glory shall be revealed, ye may be glad also with exceeding joy (I Peter 4:12-13).
13:10 but not all = all were clean except Judas; 15:2 purgeth it = prunes it, cuts it back in order to bear more fruit.
For John 13:18: See Psalm 41:9. John 15:5: See Hosea 14:8. John 15:25: See Psalm 35:19; 69:4.
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