Scripture: John 14:1-14
Key verses: (1-2) “Do not let your hearts be troubled. Believe in God, believe also in me. In my Father’s house there are many dwelling places. If it were not so, would I have told you that I go to prepare a place for you?”
Reflection: With these words Jesus cares for his disciples, his closest friends, as he prepares them for his death at the Last Supper.
Do not let your hearts be troubled.
Our hearts are often troubled. We worry. Sometimes we are anxious and sometimes we are stressed. We long for an assurance that God is with us and that God is at work in the world. God hasn’t abandoned us no matter what we face.
Believe in God, believe also in me.
Believing in God isn’t about acceptance of a list of principles or doctrines. Believing in God is about trust. Do we trust God to care for us and to love us? Do we trust God even in the midst of great difficulty?
In my Father’s house there are many dwelling places.
God’s house is more expansive than anything we can imagine. The hospitality is awesome. Every single human being is created in God’s image, belongs to God’s family, and is welcome in God’s house. Many, many dwelling places.
If it were not so, would I have told you that I go to prepare a place for you?
Preparing a place is a sign of radical hospitality. We are known. Our uniqueness is cherished. Jesus chooses to care for us with personal intentionality. Finding a place that is prepared for us means we belong here. We know the destination of life’s journey is already prepared so we are set free to embrace the journey along the way.
Jesus brought the good news of God’s love and grace to the world. Jesus embodied that good news in his death on the cross and in his resurrection from the tomb. Death doesn’t have the last word. God brings new life. We respond with faith and with hope, with faithfulness and with service.
Prayer: God of all consolation, our refuge and strength in sorrow, by dying, our Lord Jesus Christ conquered death; by rising from the grave he restored us to life. Enable us to go forward in faith to meet him, that, when our life on earth is ended, we may be united with all who love him in your heavenly kingdom, where every tear will be wiped away; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.
(prayer from the Book of Common Worship pastoral edition, committal service, p. 230)
Author: Millie Snyder
[Scripture quotations are from New Revised Standard Version Bible, copyright © 1989 National Council of the Churches of Christ in the United States of America. Used by permission. All rights reserved].