What I read today;
1 Peter 4-5; John 14-15; Micah 1-2; Proverbs 14; Ecclesiastes 4; Deuteronomy 17
In the 14th and 15th chapters of John, Jesus goes on a long discourse. He’s preparing his disciples for life after his ascension to heaven.
But what he says changes the very fabric of the world forever.
First, he tells his disciples not to let their hearts be troubled in chapter 14 vs 1 then later in Chapter 14 vs 27 he leaves his peace with them. Jesus knows that there will be stress and trials throughout our lifetimes. But he also tells us that he’s got this. He’ll walk us through even when we screw things up. Jesus is going to be there for us and he promises that in the end, he’ll help us to overcome.
In Chapter 15 he focuses on the commands he’s leaving his disciples. The command to love one another. The command to look at all people as children of a loving and caring God and to reach out to them with the simple truth of the gospel. To understand that love will overcome hate. But, to be realistic in understanding that the world is a hateful place. Servants of Jesus will face trials. The world will not understand God’s love and grace and will reject it. But our mission remains the same, Love one another no matter what. Jesus even promises to send us the Holy Spirit, to strengthen us for our mission of holding out the hope that we have in Jesus Christ.
Finally, back in chapter 14 in verse 6, he tells us what to focus on. Our mission is simple and easy to tell. We don’t need deep theology degrees we simply need to tell the truth to the world. That truth is spelled out in verse 5;
“Jesus said to him, “I am the way, and the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.”” NRSV
Our single mission is to tell everyone that Jesus came to this earth to save lost mankind. Our past doesn’t matter, our deeds don’t matter, our failures don’t matter! The only thing that really matters is that Jesus stepped out of Heaven to save you and me.
Our hearts don’t need to be troubled by past sins. Our future is secure because of what Jesus did for us! We don’t need to walk in fear of the world, because Jesus has already defeated the true ruler of the world, Satan himself. We can now live our lives for Jesus and can freely extend our arms out to the world proclaiming the love of the savior of the world!
2 Chapters of John proclaiming the most powerful life-changing truth mankind has ever seen! Reviving the aching relic of the church starts right here!