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Do Not Let Your Hearts Be Troubled

The Feast of Saint Simon and Saint Jude

Do Not Let Your Hearts Be Troubled

1. You have God’s pleasure
2. You have God’s presence
3. You have God’s peace

Text: John 14:21-27

Intro

Something wasn’t quite right.  The tension was nearly tangible.  It was as if something big was about to happen.

That whole week Jesus had been talking more and more about suffering and dying.  He had been saying he had to leave.  His preaching had been fiery—even turning over money tables in the temple.

Only hours before this, they began what was supposed to be just another ordinary Passover meal together.  But the tension only increased.  Jesus said that one of the Twelve was going to betray him.  Everyone was completely confused.  Judas ran out of the room.  What was that all about?  Then Jesus instituted a new meal with a new covenant for forgiveness.  Why was that necessary?  Then they sang a hymn and went out toward a favorite place of prayer—the Garden of Gethsemane.

As they were walking now, Jesus started back up with the “gloom and doom” talk.  He said Peter was going to deny him.  He said again that he was going to be leaving.  Where was he going?  What was going on here?  Peter was hurt that Jesus would think he would deny him.  Thomas asked where Jesus was going.  Philip asked to see God the Father because maybe that would help them believe.  We heard today how Judas asked why Jesus seemed to be revealing himself only to the disciples.

What was going on here!  The disciples were confused and concerned.  They were troubled and afraid. Read the rest of this entry

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Daily Devotion on Jude 1-4, 17-23

Text:  Jude 1-4, 17-23

Remember your leaders, who spoke the word of God to you. Consider the outcome of their way of life and imitate their faith.  (Hebrews 13:7)

The writer to the Hebrews encourages us to remember all the spiritual leaders who have gone before us. By remembering them and seeing that they are now in heaven, we can use them as examples that we can imitate in our lives. We have an opportunity to do just that this week.

Occasionally, there are days throughout the calendar year that the Christian Church has set aside for remembering those who have gone before us. This coming Sunday is one of those days: The Festival of St. Simon and St. Jude. On this particular day we remember two lesser known believers from Scripture who fought the good fight of faith.

Jude encourages us in the devotion this morning to continue to persevere in the faith. There will be countless troubles, trials, and temptations around every corner. Many of us are facing such things this very moment.

Jude reminds us to build ourselves up in our “most holy faith.” Then, remaining in God’s love, we can wait patiently for Jesus to return in glory.

This is something that Jude and countless other Christians have done. God give us strength and resolve to do the same!

Prayer: O God, we thank you for the glorious company of the apostles and, especially for Saint Simon and Saint Jude.  We pray that, as they were faithful and zealous in their mission, so may we with ardent devotion make known the love and mercy of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever.