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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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