Day 224/260: Read John 14
The Lord has told His disciples that He was about to be betrayed by one of them. He has told them on multiple occasions that He would be put to death. He tells them near the end of the last chapter, “Where I am going you cannot follow Me now, but you shall follow Me afterward” (John 13:36). If you were one of His closest friends, would you have been concerned?
Jesus likely recognized that they struggled as they processed this information, and He says, “Let not your heart be troubled; you believe in God, believe also in Me.” To paraphrase: “Don’t worry. Trust the Father and trust Me.”
The apostles didn’t have the full picture yet, so Jesus wanted to set their minds at ease. He said He has everything under control, and He was making things ready for them too. “In My Father’s house there are many mansions; if it were not so, I would have told you. I got to prepare a place for you. And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again and receive you to Myself; that where I am, there you may be also.”
Heaven is prepared for the faithful; hell is prepared for the devil and his angels (Matthew 25:41). Sadly, many will choose to spend eternity in a place that was never intended for them (Matthew 7:13-14).
Memory (Fill in the blanks)
John 12:48. He who _____________ Me, and does not receive My words, has that which _____________ him—the word that I have spoken will judge him in the last day.
Pray for comfort as you seek to do God’s will, following Jesus as the way, the truth, and the life.