Cheer Up, Jesus Is Coming
1. Arno C. Gaebelein tells of an old Bible in his possession that had been used by numerous generations. Many of its pages were clean and perfect as if they had come from the printers press but yesterday. But the page which contained the 14th chapter of John was well-worn and spotted by the teardrops of those who had owned it.6
2. The 14th chapter of John has long been the favorite of many of God's people. It has been special to many a heart because it has often been a source of comfort in the time of great sorrow. As John Phillips writes, "Times without number, God's bereaved people in all ages have turned to these verses for comfort when death invades the home and rightly so. Here we have one of the highlights of this gospel. We would be immeasurably impoverished if John had not penned these wonderful words."7
3. Is it no wonder that this great chapter has been so special to many a heart? Gaebelein described these verses as our Lord's anesthetic for the heart troubles of the Christian, and with these words wipes away our tears and stills our troubled hearts.8 So many have turned to this chapter in times of heart trouble and found that it is indeed a spiritual anesthetic.
4. If ever a group of men needed a spiritual anesthetic, it was the disciples. Jesus had just disclosed to them that He would be leaving. This announcement had greatly shaken them. The Lord sought to comfort their troubled hearts by giving them this spiritual anesthetic of John chapter 14.
5. What is this anesthetic that our Lord gives for troubled hearts? Jesus said to His own, "Let not your heart be troubled: ye believe in God, believe also in me. In my Father's house are many mansions: if it were not so, I would have told you. I go to prepare a place for you. And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again, and receive you unto myself; that where I am, there ye may be also" (John 14:1-3).
6. In a nutshell, Jesus said, "Cheer Up! I will return." It was the promise that He was coming back that calmed their troubled hearts. Likewise, the promise of His return has been the anesthetic that our troubled hearts have often needed in times of sorrow. The promise of His return has often cleared away the dark clouds of despair and replaced them with sunshine of delight.
7. Let's consider this wonderful passage of Scripture and considered the promise that our Lord used to cheer the hearts of His disciples and as well ours. First we see:
1. THE PREPARATION HE DESCRIBES!
1. Jesus said to His disciples, "I go to prepare a place for you" (John 14:2). The word "prepared" means to make ready. The Greek scholar, A.T. Robertson, likens the word to the ark of covenant going ahead to search out a place of resting (Numbers 10:33). 9
2. Often in troublesome times, our hearts find great comfort in knowing that this world is not our final home. Jesus has gone away to make ready a place ...
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