Welcome to a new chapter of the gospel of John! I pray that your studies are going well and that God has been opening your eyes to the great treasures He has for you in each passage. I apologize for not writing last week, but hope you enjoyed my Valentine’s gift to you. In this week’s study of John, we’re going to focus on the first verse of chapter fourteen.
Life can be full of worries, anxieties, stressful situations, and sometimes tragedy, and these cares and concerns often burden our soul. However, as we learn from the verse above, Jesus commands us to trouble not and believe in God. Yet how often do we forget this and instead waste our time fretting over mundane concerns? Why do we so easily forget that God is always in control?
Last week we saw the humility of Christ and how He displayed that humbleness by performing one of the most menial tasks of that era. Now we’re going to look at the first teaching Jesus imparted during this rich Upper Room Discourse. The topic—divine love.
Chapters thirteen through seventeen of John are known as the Upper Room Discourse and are the recorded words of Christ the night before His arrest. As the shadow of Calvary loomed in front of Him, Jesus spent the night teaching, encouraging, and praying for His disciples, both the twelve with Him and those in the future—us. However, before the night began, our Savior did something quite unexpected…