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Feeling Troubled & Out of Place? Five Days Until Easter

"Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid." Jesus' words during his personal turmoil give us unique insight into his care for us. He miraculously intervened on our behalf, and he tells us, "I go to prepare a place for you." Learn more about what Jesus offers to us.

With Easter only days away, the thought of the cross weighed heavily on Jesus. He knew that he would soon suffer agony on every possible level: physical, emotional and spiritual. The crowd would mock him, his friends would forsake him, and then, the unthinkable would occur. For a moment on the cross, his heavenly Father would feel distant. That mysterious relationship; that tangible closeness cherished by Jesus over a lifetime and for eternity past; that special oneness he had with his Father would suddenly feel under assault. “Now is my soul troubled,” Jesus confided to his close friends as he thought about what would soon occur.

Despite his personal turmoil, Jesus delivered these famous, comforting words: “Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid.” He explained that he was preparing a bright future for those who will love and trust him. The cross, followed by Easter, was part of his plan. “I go to prepare a place for you,” he promised. No mere empty words from Jesus. Through his miraculous interventions he had already demonstrated his ability to deliver people from their troubles, but Easter would dispel any remaining doubt about the power of Jesus. 

Peace I leave with you, my peace I give unto you: not as the world giveth, give I unto you. Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid. John 14:27

Jesus knows how to handle troubling times. Jesus’ soul was troubled as he faced the cross, but he victoriously overcame it. Jesus conquered death. Because of that, you can take encouragement from his comforting words: “Let not your heart be troubled...” There is a place where you belong. Jesus made sure of that. It’s a good place with a bright future. That is the hope of Easter!  

Pray to the Father, He wants to hear from you! Not sure where to start? Try this simple prayer of thanks and ask the Lord to guide you.

Dear Father,   Thank you for the hope and assurance that Jesus offers. Thank you that I do not need to have a troubled heart. Thank you that Jesus offers me a bright future and place where I can belong. Now guide me this week as I reflect on the events leading up to Easter and help me grow in my understanding of who Jesus is. Amen

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