1 “Don’t let your hearts be troubled. Trust in God, and trust also in me. 2 There is more than enough room in my Father’s home. If this were not so, would I have told you that I am going to prepare a place for you? 3 When everything is ready, I will come and get you, so that you will always be with me where I am. 4 And you know the way to where I am going.” 5 “No, we don’t know, Lord,” Thomas said. “We have no idea where you are going, so how can we know the way?” 6 Jesus told him, “I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one can come to the Father except through me. 7 If you had really known me, you would know who my Father is. From now on, you do know him and have seen him!” 8 Philip said, “Lord, show us the Father, and we will be satisfied.” 9 Jesus replied, “Have I been with you all this time, Philip, and yet you still don’t know who I am? Anyone who has seen me has seen the Father! So why are you asking me to show him to you? 10 Don’t you believe that I am in the Father and the Father is in me? The words I speak are not my own, but my Father who lives in me does his work through me. 11 Just believe that I am in the Father and the Father is in me. Or at least believe because of the work you have seen me do. 12 “I tell you the truth, anyone who believes in me will do the same works I have done, and even greater works, because I am going to be with the Father. 13 You can ask for anything in my name, and I will do it, so that the Son can bring glory to the Father. 14 Yes, ask me for anything in my name, and I will do it!
“Do not let your hearts be troubled. You believe in God, believe in me also”. These words spoken by Jesus come after he had told the disciples that he would be going away. Jesus knew that the disciples were about to be challenged in their faiths; that they would see Jesus arrested, mocked, and condemned to death. He knew their hope in him would be shaken through the unfolding events, just like our faith is shaken when we go through hardship.
In response to this Jesus says: “Do not let your hearts be troubled. You believe in God, believe also in me”. Jesus reminds us that when we are troubled, we need to turn to put our trust in him. We need to trust that Jesus has gone to his Father’s house to prepare a place for us (v.3). We need to trust that Jesus is the way that we reach this place, the truth that we need to hold tightly to, and that Jesus is the source of eternal life (v.6). Finally, we need to trust that God is with us no matter what we go through (v. 9).
Lord, I thank you that you are the way, the truth, and the life. Thank you that through you, we know our God who is with us every day. When we face hardships, please help us not let our hearts be troubled, but instead to choose to trust in you. Thank you that as we hold tightly to the truth of who you are, you are making a way and preparing a place for us to be with you forever. Amen.
Written by Ps. Andrea Molteno