Jesus Believes Too

“Let not your hearts be troubled. Believe in God; believe also in me. In my Father's house are many rooms. If it were not so, would I have told you that I go to prepare a place for you? And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again and will take you to myself, that where I am you may be also.” John 14:1-3 ESV

Jesus exercised faith. We sometimes forget this. No place in scripture demonstrates this more clearly than the last supper. Jesus understood the nature of his life work. He understood the difficulty of overcoming spiritual blindness. Yet as any other son of Adam, Jesus cherished the desire for fellowship and understanding. He did not expect the multitudes to discern his mission, but he greatly desired to be understood by his inner circle. At times we find evidence that Jesus marveled at how slow they were to comprehend his true character and mission. On the very last night he would spend with them on earth before his death, he was still denied the privilege of their sympathy and support.

Jesus never despaired or yielded to self pity even when circumstances regularly suggested his work was little appreciated. How was Jesus able to maintain his courage? The same way we can, by choosing to believe. Jesus believed in his father's will so completely that even when he longed for another way, he submitted to something that in his agony he could not fully comprehend. The most difficult aspect of his father's will was that it included a burden of guilt and shame that removed him from the perception of his Father's approval and love.

Only a few hours before experiencing the greatest agony any being would ever endure, Jesus was able to offer courage to his disheartened followers. With the eye of faith he declared to them that they would all be together in his father's house soon. He walked alone, fueled by faith in his father and love for you and I. Never will we be faced with such a trial of faith as Jesus endured. We can brave life's challenges without yielding to despair too. No circumstance is greater than the one who goes before us, do you believe that? The choice is yours.

Still Seeking His Face,
Pastor Andrew

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