Our scripture this morning is John 14:1-3.

“Do not let your hearts be troubled. You believe in God ; believe also in me. My Father’s house has many rooms; if that were not so, would I have told you that I am going there to prepare a place for you? And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come back and take you to be with me that you also may be where I am.”

In this passage Jesus instructs His disciples regarding the time that He will return to the Father. It is a difficult thing for them to think they will have to go on without their teacher and friend, but He tells them “I am going there to prepare a place for you”. This promise is as true for all of us today as it was for them two thousand years ago.

Jesus knows that the next step in God’s plan of salvation is about to unfold. His arrest and crucifixion stand as the ultimate sacrifice to redeem us from sin and reconcile us with God. He has told His disciples that this is according to scripture (Luke 18:31-34). This is hard for us to understand but Jesus has said to God “not my will, but yours be done” (Luke 22:42).

He tells us “Do not let your hearts be troubled. You believe in God; believe also in me”. He offers us comfort for the present and hope for the future. We know that He sits at God’s right hand and at the time determined, He will return to take us home.

Loving Lord, we are amazed at what You are willing to do and endure for us. Bless us to go in Your name that everyone may know Your love for us all. Amen.

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