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LET NOT YOUR HEART TROUBLED   Expository Sermon in the Preaching Class by Gill

“Envoy of Christ’s Church” – Pakistan

John 14:1-5

The last week of September 2013 has been disastrous for Pakistan.   Two casualties occurred one after another.  I’ll put it this way, on Saturday, September 2013, I just came out of my home to preach in the church Envoy of Christ on the way. I met with a boy 14 years of age who wanted asked me if there was any home to be rented out.  I replied, “There is no such home because the families living in this area have their own homes.”   My answer perturbed the boy because their landlord had demanded his home back from them, and that day was the dead line to vacate home, otherwise, the landlord would take possession of his home forcibly.  I kept walking to the church while thinking about the boy and his family and home he was looking for and where they were living right then.  So I preached the Word of God, and the next day was Sunday.  I ministered to the Lord right there.  After the Sunday church Service, the news came on T.V. channels that suicide bombers have attacked a church in the city of Peshawer, and as a result, hundreds of people had lost their lives, and many were injured. Many persecuted Christians affected.  Two days later. a massive destructive earthquake hit the southwest of Balochistan province in Pakistan.   Not only where I was, but on the whole Pakistani nation was in the state of agony, distress, fear, and mourning. As a minister of God, I was thinking over all these disasters, and a passage in the Gospel of John was repeatedly coming before my eyes. At first,not understanding the meaning of it, so I prayed to the Lord, and He answered me.  Let us read the passage so that I can share it with you.

John 14:1-5 Let not your heart be troubled. You believe in God, believe also in me.  2. In my Father’s house are many rooms; if it were not so, I would I have told you.  I got to prepare a place for you. 3. If I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again and take you with myself, that where I am you may be also. 4. And you know the way to where I am going,  5.  “Thomas said to him, Lord we do not know where you are going. How can we know the way?” Jesus said to him I am the Way and the Truth and the Life; no one comes to Father except through me.

In the first verse, John 14:1 Jesus said, “let not your hearts be troubled.  You believe in God; believe also in me.”   Jesus left them and knew everything that would turn against them.  They would have to endure all kinds of opposition. Scribes and rabbis would not allow them to preach the Gospel, and even they would not hesitate to kill them.   Although Jesus had taught many things and revealed mysteries to them, He thought it necessary to tell them to be courageous in all kinds of situations to come. He has commanded that as you believe in God, you believe also in Him. God has delivered the Israelites out of the slavery of Egypt and allowed them to dwell in the promised land.  “Believe in me.  I have delivered you out of the slavery of sin, and now, eternal life is yours.”

Verse 14:2  In my father’s house are many rooms, if it were not so would I have told that I got to prepare a place for you.  Here Jesus is telling his disciples about heaven where He is heading to, that there are many rooms for believers to live in for eternity in my father’s house. He is assuring them he is going ahead of them  to prepare a place for them where the people will live forever, and then he will come back to take them and you with himself so that where Jesus is, we will also be with him – God the Father and Jesus, our elder brother.  What a place to live where Jesus is.

Verse 14:3  And you know  the way to where I am going. Thomas said to him,” Lord, we do not know where you are going. How can we know the way?”. Jesus said to him, “ I am the Way, the Truth, and the Life. No one comes to  the Father except through me.” Jesus is saying, “You know the way where I am going.”  But one of His disciples, Thomas, asked Jesus, “We do not know where you are going, so how we can know the way?” . Jesus had taught the disciples for almost three and half years but Thomas says we don’t know the way and destination where you are going. Jesus made it clear to them that I am through whom you can go and you have to go to my father.  Jesus said, “I AM THE WAY, THE TRUTH, AND THE LIFE.  No one comes to the Father except through me.”  Jesus is the only Way to God.  Jesus had explicitly told the disciples that He was the only way to heaven, and Jesus has made this way by traveling through the cross to reach his father, although He came from heaven.  That is why He said, “Whosoever does not pick up his cross and follow Me is not worthy of Me.  Whosoever finds their life will lose it; and whosoever loses his life for My sake will find it (Matthew 10;38-39).”  In the book of Hebrews 10:19-22 we read: “Therefore, brothers, since we have confidence to enter the most Holy Place by the blood of Jesus, and since we have a great priest over the house of God, let us draw near to God with a sincere heart in full assurance of faith, having our hearts sprinkled to cleanse us from a guilty conscience and having bodies washed with pure water.” So this is the Way to heaven where there is Jesus and God the Father.

THE TRUTH:  Jesus cannot lie because He is The Word, became flesh, and made his dwelling amongst us. And we have seen His glory, the glory of the one and only Son who came from the Father, full of Grace and Truth (John 1:14). and the Apostle Paul said in 2 Corinthians 1;20; For no matter how many promises God made, they are “Yes” in Christ. And so through him the “Amen” is spoken by us to the glory of God.

THE LIFE:   Jesus is the Life.  No doubt, He is life because according to John 5;26, For as the Father has life in himself, so He has granted the son to have life in himself.  The very famous verse, John 3:16, says; “For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whosoever believes in him shall have eternal life.”

In this passage addressing His disciples, Jesus said, “Let not your heart troubled. You believe in God, believe also in me.”  Actually, Jesus guarantees you will have a room.  The solution is to keep your heart from being troubled during trying times and to trust in God (Psalm 42;5) a solution that  the Jews had known all along, and to also, trust in Jesus.  Both are essential.

Just put yourselves in the shoes of the boy who was looking for a home for rent, as he and his family were troubled because of their landlord’s notice, and put yourselves in the shoes of the victim of the church in Peshawer.  They are either dead or alive in hospitals.  They had their home but now they are homeless.  Put yourselves in shoes of those affected by the earthquake,  the people who lost their lives, and or survivors of the quake.   Survivors are looking to the Government and NGOs for the shelter, rescue and food, and medical treatment.  Everyone is troubled and has no peace because they have gone through destructive experiences and want to have life and all necessities met.

But Jesus says earthquakes will hit you, and any kind of mishap can happen.  You can be deprived of your homes, because this world is not for eternity.  He has gone to prepare a place where there is no want of rooms, where dwells eternity.  The reason is that it is God the Father’s household, and Jesus, our elder brother, and believers whom he does not feel ashamed to call them his brothers, are all there.  For this, He says “pick up your cross and follow me, do not love to your brother, parents, children, or your homes more than me, and all this belongs to you in heaven in my father’s household.  Don’t be troubled if I am not in this physical world.  I am coming back soon to take all of you with myself so that where I am so you may be, also.”

The question is not whether the boy and his family who were desperately looking for a home could be successful to find a home for rent or not, or whether  the survivors of the church attacked have been returned to their home sweet home, or whether the survivors of the earthquake in Balochistan have been rehabilitated or not.  The question is what will happen before the coming of Jesus to take His people with himself.  It is written in Gospel of Matthew 24; 6-10 “And you will hear of wars and rumors of wars. See that you are not alarmed, for this must take place, but the end is not yet. For nations will rise against nations and kingdoms against kingdoms, and there will be famines and earthquake in various places.  All these are but the beginning of the birth pains.  They will deliver you up to tribulations and put you to death, and you will be hated by all nations for my name’s sake. And many will fall away and betray one another and hate one another.”

Recently, an earthquake shook Balochinstan-Pakistan, Greece, near Papua New Guinea, off the coast of Baja California, and off Indonesia with aftershocks at northern Australia and northern Queensland.  Syria is facing the famine due to civil war in its homeland. Daily, you hear in the news of wars, nation rising against nation, believers being torched, and hated everywhere but wait, this is not the end of world, as Jesus said it is the beginning of birth pains as you are affected by earthquakes, afraid of wars, have famine or are being persecuted for Jesus’ name or have left everything behind to follow Jesus.  He says, “Let not your heart trouble you.  You believe in God, believe also in me.  In my father’s house there are many rooms for you to dwell in for eternity where there is Father God and our brother, Jesus (Lord of Lords).  In God’s household, there is no death and no mourning, but rather, happiness.  Jesus and his glory and his father are there with peace forever.  He is coming soon.  Follow him, for he is the WAY; Come to him, for he is TRUTH; Desire him, for he is Life; and remember his guarantee; Let not your heart be troubled. You believe in God, believe in me.  In my father’s house are many rooms for you. Amen.

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