Saturday, 3 April 2021
Title: A Peace to Still Troubled Hearts
By: Wong Yoke Ming
“Let not your hearts be troubled. Believe in God; believe also in me.”
John 14 is a truly marvelous chapter. It is in this chapter that we see the assurance from Jesus – at the beginning in verse 1 and again in verse 27: “Let not your hearts be troubled.”
At the start of this chapter, Jesus made us a promise to go and to prepare a place for us so that we can be with Him to where He was going. And He gave us the assurance that He will return to take us to that place where He would be. And when the disciples asked Jesus to show them the Father, His reply was that He and the Father are One – if we see Jesus, we have seen the Father.
In the middle of the chapter, Jesus reiterated this assurance that He will come to us – that He will not leave us orphans. Who else can leave orphans behind other than parents? Jesus knew that He was going to the cross; He knew that the world would not see Him after the cross, but He assured us that we will ‘see’ Him because He will ask the Father to send the Spirit to be our guide, to remind us of what He had taught us, but most importantly, to remind us of who He is.
“Because I live, you also will live.” The world would not see Him anymore, but He will return to us, His disciples. Wow!! What an assurance of life!! And in that life in Christ, His disciples, the ones who remain faithful and keep His commandments, remain in the Father’s love and in His love. And this is the challenge that we need to rise to meet – our faith that Jesus Christ is who He says He is.
Between His first and His second coming, Jesus Christ will not leave His disciples as orphans for He has left to us His words and His Spirit to remind us of all He has taught us. It will not be about listening only to His Scriptural teachings – it will also be very much living out our lives in Christ. This is perhaps the point that we sometimes miss. Between the two very visible comings, there is a Presence that has not gone away and will not go away. If we continue to abide in Him, we will know that Presence in our lives.
In Matthew 5:48, we were taught that we should be perfect as our heavenly Father is perfect. And we ask, “How can sinners ever be ‘perfect’ this side of the second coming?” However, the time of the cross is past – Jesus has come and has been crucified, buried, and resurrected. So how is it that there is still evil and corruption in this world today? As we continue ‘to be in the world,’ let us be careful that we do not become ‘of the world.’ But Jesus has given us the counsel of the Holy Spirit, and Paul in 1 Corinthians 2:16 wrote that we have the mind of Christ; and through the “Logos” and the guidance of the Spirit of Truth, we have discernment of the purpose for which we have been created. And we can only do that if we have the “grace of the Lord Jesus Christ and the love of God and the fellowship of the Holy Spirit.”
And perhaps that is the perfection that is referred to in the Sermon on the Mount – the Father’s Purpose, the Son’s work, and the harmony of these two in the Spirit of Wisdom – the harmony of body, mind, and spirit in the image of the Creator.
And so, at the end of His earthly ministry, Jesus committed His Spirit to His Father; He bequeathed His earthly body to the tomb of Joseph of Arimathea; His clothes were taken by the soldiers; His mother (loved one) was left to the care of the disciple He loved, who had given up everything to follow Him. And to us? To us He left something unique, and that is His peace. Not the peace of the world, for that is temporal and fleeting, but the peace that calms the troubled hearts, thus “Let not your hearts be troubled, neither let them be afraid.”
Lord Jesus, we continue to live in troubled, and troubling times – in a world of rising strife, ever growing corruption, ever moving away from the peace that You offer. So, we continue to pray that You lead us in Your grace, in the love of God, and in the fellowship of the Holy Spirit. In Your wonderful Name we pray. Amen.
翻譯 : 王靖端姐妹
約翰福音14章確實是很棒的一章。在這一章中，我們看到了耶穌的保證–從第1節的開始，到第27節再一 次說：”你們心裡不要憂愁 。”
“因為我活著，你們也活著。” 世人再也見不到衪了 ，但衪會回到我們（衪的門徒）身邊。哇！多麼大的生命的保證！活在基督的生活中，衪的門徒，那些仍然忠實並遵守衪的誡命的人，仍然存留在天父的愛和衪的愛中。這是我們需要面對的挑戰–我們相信耶穌基督就是衪 所說的衪。