Holy Week continues….
On Wednesday many scholars do not see any mention of Jesus’ activities. Since Thursday was such a busy day, let’s look at one of those happenings. On Thursday we have the Last Supper, the Upper Room comforting, Gethsemane and the arrest in the garden.
For today’s scripture I chose a portion from the Upper Room discourse and supper. Jesus broke bread with the disciples, confronted Judas and foretold Peter’s denial (Matthew :17-29, Mark 14:3-9, Luke 22:7-30 and John 13:1-38) , then gave these words of comfort to his faithful disciples (John 14:1-16:38).
John 14:1-7 “Do not let your hearts be troubled. Trust in God; trust also in me. In my Father’s house are many rooms; if it were not so, I would have told you. 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. You know the way to the place where I am going.” Thomas said to him, “Lord we don’t know where you are going, so how can we know the way?” Jesus answered, ” I am the way, and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me. If you really knew me, you would know my Father as well. From now on you do know him and have seen him.” (NIV)
Jesus knew that these words would bring comfort to believers then and long into the future. He gives us hope of a future with Him in heaven, hope of continual communion with Him right now in our lives and hope that He is the way to know God. Do you know these hopes personally? Do you know where you are going after you die? Do you have that hope that comes from a relationship with Jesus? Do you know how to come into a relationship with God? If you don’t, talk to God right now and ask Him to reveal himself to you and give you faith. Knowing God gives hope, peace and assurance of a future that will be filled with the presence of God.
Be comforted by Jesus’ words today,