Let not your heart be troubled: ye believe in God, believe also in me. John 14:1
I sit here this morning thinking on the words our Lord told the apostles just before going to the cross. If we truly believe the things written, before Him sat the eleven. Judas had already been dismissed and even now gathered the high priest’s officers to arrest Jesus. While sitting with the apostles he says to them, “Let not your heart be troubled…”
I have thought about these words from time to time and I am convinced that this is a continuation of what He said to these men in the upper room. He told them that He was to die for them. He told them they would all flee from Him. He even told Peter, “You will deny me three times.” After that they ate, Judas went out, the Lord’s Supper was given, and they departed to go to the Garden. Before entering into prayer, I believe the Lord instructed what Judas wasn’t meant to hear. Specifically, “You believe in God, believe also in me.”
Like many Jewish people, the apostles believed in God, though their thinking wasn’t always aligned with God’s Word. It was one thing to believe in God, but to believe in Jesus meant that they believed He was truly Messiah. Others came and rose to leadership. Some claimed to be Messiah. However, for Jesus to say that He is the Christ (and indeed He would announce this clearly before Caiaphas) took great faith. In order for them to not be troubled they had to believe Christ is the one He says He is. Jesus was reaching these men on a level never reached before. Even after He arose and appeared to them for forty days, on the day of His ascension some still doubted. It wasn’t until the Holy Spirit was given on the Day of Pentecost that they fully believed.
Today, I ask, what is troubling you? Is it death? Is it believing that Jesus is really the Christ? Then you are not alone. Sometimes the passing of a loved one makes us examine ourselves. Ask even now, “Do I have faith that when my time to die, will I pass over into His arms?” The promise begins for all believers, “Let not your heart be troubled, you believe in God, believe also in me.” Is that not precious? It is the founding principal of our faith. Whether in deep understanding or simple faith it is a simple question, “Do you believe that Jesus died for you and paid your sin debt in His death, burial and resurrection?”
That is truth and the challenge of faith. Think about it.