Do not let your heart be troubled. Believe in God. Believe also in me.John 14:1 (NHEB)
Jesus is speaking to Peter when a new chapter heading abruptly steps in and interrupts the flow and context of Jesus’ words.
We read in John 14:1: “Do not let your heart be troubled. Believe in God. Believe also in me.” These words are encouraging whether they are read in context or out of context. Let’s take a quick look at their context.
Dinner is ending.
Jesus, troubled in spirit, confides that one of the apostles will betray him.
Judas slips out into the darkness of night.
Jesus talks about being glorified, about going away, and about loving one another.
Peter, full of self-confidence, declares, “I will lay down my life for you.”
At this point, Peter finds out that soon he will deny his Lord three times, even before the rooster crows. This news is both troubling and true.
Jesus does not leave Peter alone with this troubling truth. On the other side of the chapter break, Jesus offers grace: “Do not let your heart be troubled.” He already knows that Peter will not love him well. Soon, Jesus’ kind but searching glance will find Peter’s eyes, and Peter will remember the prophetic words. Hopefully, Peter will also remember to believe and to therefore not be troubled. Hopefully, Peter will remember that, in addition to being full of truth, his Lord is also full of grace.
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