13 July 2014

THE SOLUTION TO A TROUBLED HEART


John 14:1-6

Everywhere you look we see people with troubled hearts! A troubled heart occurs when it comes to….
  • Loss of job
  • Health issues
  • Death
  • Lack of money
  • Bills
  • Divorce
  • With rising crime rate, rising costs of living
  • The major problems happening in the Middle East between Israel and Hamas.
  • The intolerant Homosexual movement.
  • The major rise of porn exposure at such young ages.
  • Stealing and Pirating music and movies
  • Political corruption.
  • The killing of innocent life in the womb.
  • The massive breakdown of the family unit.
  • Fighting amongst genuine Christians.
  • Complacency and apathy in the church today
  • And the list is endless to a troubled heart in any generation.

In the book of Job we read "Man who is born of woman Is of few days and full of trouble.” Job 14:1. See, being born in sin; sin and trouble go together, where there is sin there is trouble; sin entered into the world and there is only one cure for the troubled heart! J C Ryle said “that disease is trouble of heart, That remedy is faith.” Heart trouble is common everywhere around the globe in our generation. Kent Hughes calls it the “The Cardiac age”. The heart is a wonderful creation. It beat an average of 75 beats a minute, 40 millions times a year, 21/2 billions time for a person of 70. It pumps enough blood (650,000 gallon a year) to fill more than 82 tank cars with 8,000 gallons each. Many of us in this sanctuary have troubled hearts today! The question is what are you doing about it? Better yet, who are you turning to? It’s no wonder we have so many health problems in our culture today. Studies show according to Harvard Health Publication wrote “Anxiety has now been implicated in several chronic physical illnesses, including heart disease, chronic respiratory disorders, and gastrointestinal conditions.” A troubled heart can at times play a factor in our heath! When we constantly worry about everything we sometimes cause ourselves to worry about things that haven’t happened yet. We sometimes make up worry in our thoughts and even have the tendency to borrow worry. But Jesus said “"Therefore I say to you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat or what you will drink; nor about your body, what you will put on. Is not life more than food and the body more than clothing? Look at the birds of the air, for they neither sow nor reap nor gather into barns; yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not of more value than they? Which of you by worrying can add one cubit to his stature? "So why do you worry about clothing? Consider the lilies of the field, how they grow: they neither toil nor spin; and yet I say to you that even Solomon in all his glory was not arrayed like one of these. Now if God so clothes the grass of the field, which today is, and tomorrow is thrown into the oven, will He not much more clothe you, O you of little faith? "Therefore do not worry, saying, 'What shall we eat?' or 'What shall we drink?' or 'What shall we wear? For after all these things the Gentiles seek. For your heavenly Father knows that you need all these things. But seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness, and all these things shall be added to you. Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about its own things. Sufficient for the day is its own trouble.” Matt 6:25-34. 

Look what Jesus says to His disciples here in John’s gospel. (v1) He says “Let not your heart be troubled; you believe in God, believe also in Me.” “Troubled” means: “uncertain affinity; to stir or agitate” The effects of all that Jesus had told them must have shocked them, and by John 14 they were undoubtedly confused, baffled and filled with anxiety. They have been told there is one who is a betrayer among them. He has already said He is going to be handed over to the Romans and die a sinner’s death. He has confronted Peter with the truth that he is going to deny Him. And to top it off! Jesus says He’s leaving them in a while and they can’t follow Him until later on. This was a troubled room filled with men of anxiety who left everything to follow Jesus. As our Lord looked at these men, He knew what was going on in their minds and hearts, He knew how disturbed and upset they were, and knew what was causing it. He also knew the remedy for it, as well. (v1-v6)

First thing Jesus says is "Let not." This means that the disciples could nothing to solve their problem. There is truly only one remedy for a troubled and sinful heart! The Lord Jesus and the promise He brings. This passage is one the most comforting passages in all of scripture! It has said that F.B. Myers of England had a Bible that had been passed through many generations. He said, many of the pages were clean just like the day it came from the printing press. But the pages of John 14 worn, spotted with tears of the people who had read it and found the comfort of God. That is so true! We can find great comfort throughout the scriptures, but we find great comfort here in this passage of John’s letter!

This is why Jesus says what He says. Don’t let this world and the coming days worry or trouble you! You trust in God, trust in Me, as well and the promises I bring.
See the problem is our sin nature of disbelief! We tend to think of the worst; we tend to get ourselves worked up when we’re faced with challenges, disappointments and confrontations. We tend to shut down and curl up in the fetal position waiting for things to pass. We tend to explode in the midst of trouble like a child does when they don’t get what they want. In reality its sin! John MacArthur said “The Worrier Strikes Out at God, The Worrier Disbelieves Scripture, The Worrier Is Mastered by Circumstances, The Worrier Distrusts God, Worry Is Unwise Because of Our Future”……He went on to say “Worrying paralyzes you, making you too upset to accomplish anything productive. It will seek to do that to you by taking you mentally into tomorrow until you find something to worry about. Refuse to go along for the ride. The Lord says you have enough to deal with today. Apply today's resources to today's needs or you will lose today's joy.”

The Psalmist wrote “Cast your cares on the LORD and he will sustain you; he will never let the righteous fall.” Psalm 55:22; 1 Peter 5:6-8 says “Humble yourselves, therefore, under God's mighty hand, that he may lift you up in due time. Cast all your anxiety on him because he cares for you. Be self-controlled and alert. Your enemy the devil prowls around like a roaring lion looking for someone to devour.” In other words, our worry leads us astray and allows Satan a foothold into our lives. Since “sin” is, at its core, “missing the mark” that God has set for us, and so worrying is not living up to God’s standard. Jesus comforts His disciples with the promise in (v2-v3) There are many dwelling places; there are many beds for you in my house, what Jesus is saying. Jesus says “I go to prepare” a bed for you and me, His called out ones a place that John describes in Revelation 21-22 as absolutely AWESOME! A place that………
  • Is filled with the glory of God.
  • A place that has no more tears.
  • Has no more death.
  • Has no more sorrow, trouble.
  • Has no more pain.
  • We will never thirst again physically or spiritually.
  • God illuminates His glorious light for all eternity.
  • That has Christ sitting on the throne in His entire supreme splendor.
  • That has your name in a book, if you are truly His child.

This is a place called Heaven, a place that we cannot fathom in our finite minds to how beautiful it is and glorious it will be for you and me when we spend eternity with Christ. Heaven is so overwhelming of a place, that it caused the Apostle Paul to pen these words “For to me, to live is Christ, and to die is gain. But if I live on in the flesh, this will mean fruit from my labor; yet what I shall choose I cannot tell. For I am hard-pressed [it’s like a tug of war at my heart strings] between the two, having a desire to depart and be with Christ, which is far better.” Phil 1:21-23. Jesus knew the importance of this place! Otherwise He wouldn’t’ have told us as we face obstacles or troubled hearts! In this life you will have trouble, but be of good cheer, I’ve overcome them! In John 16:33, Jesus said “These things I have spoken to you, that in Me you may have peace. In the world you will have tribulation; but be of good cheer, I have overcome the world."

See, this is a promise that cannot be taken away for those who are truly His and what’s more amazing Jesus uses four words of comfort for the troubled Christian. (v3) “I will come again” doesn’t that give you comfort when you’re troubled at heart? Seriously, the King of Kings, Alpha & Omega, the Beginning and the End, made this promise that He is coming back, but not only to come back to judge but to “receive” us back to Himself. To receive us and He will take you up with me to Heaven; I will receive you into glory where he is and always be. But obviously this didn’t settle the disciple’s hearts because Thomas asks Jesus a question! (v5). But again Jesus gives yet another confirmation, another word of comfort, so that it would close any doubt they might have. Look what Jesus said in (v6) This is what we would call a dogmatic statement! There is no compromising on a statement like this. Jesus is the only one who can grant such a promise as we’ve seen in the opening verses of this chapter. Let’s examine for a moment what Jesus is saying by breaking down this bold dogmatic statement.

Jesus says He “is the Way”

There is no other way to find rest in the midst of trouble then Him alone. The Father’s house in Heaven is only reached through Jesus Christ and His perfecting atoning work on the cross. Eph 2:18-19 we read “For through Him we both have access by one Spirit to the Father. Now, therefore, you are no longer strangers and foreigners, but fellow citizens with the saints and members of the household of God,”

Jesus says He “is the Truth”

The root of all knowledge is to know and savor this truth in Christ. All truth in the Old Testament and into the New Testament all point to Christ. The only truth the soul needs is Him, what Jesus is saying is that he isn’t some form of truth or a truth to equal with whatever you call truth. He is truth itself, there is no other! John 1:14-17 we read “And the Word became flesh and dwelt among us, and we beheld His glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father, full of grace and truth. John bore witness of Him and cried out, saying, "This was He of whom I said, 'He who comes after me is preferred before me, for He was before me.' "And of His fullness we have all received, and grace for grace. For the law was given through Moses, but grace and truth came through Jesus Christ.

Jesus said He “is the Life”

He is the root, the source and the foundation of all life. He is not a life, but life itself, just as He is truth. He is the giver and taker of life; He is the giver of eternal life to whomever He chooses. In John 11:25-26 we read “Jesus said to her, "I am the resurrection and the life. He who believes in Me, though he may die, he shall live. And whoever lives and believes in Me shall never die. Do you believe this?"

There is no other way of escape to find rest for a weary and troubled heart other than Jesus Christ. There is no other way a person will ever stand in heaven apart from Christ and His redeeming love found in the gospel.
  • Not by your strength
  • Not by another human being
  • Not by works
  • Not by your church attendance and involvement
  • Not by your supposed goodness.
As John wrote in John 1:10-12 “He was in the world, and the world was made through Him, and the world did not know Him. He came to His own, and His own did not receive Him. But as many as received Him, to them He gave the right to become children of God, to those who believe in His name. And he even went on to say in the next verse “who [meaning you and me] were born, not of blood, nor of the will of the flesh, nor of the will of man, but of God.” John 1:13. He is the only way we can find true healing in this life! This is what he promised the disciples and this is what He promises to us for those you put their trust in Christ alone. “Sola Christos” As Luke penned “Nor is there salvation in any other, for there is no other name under heaven given among men by which we must be saved." Acts 4:12. 

The troubled heart needs to remember that Jesus is everything! Trials are part of life, but Christ always says to us in the darkness “do not let your heart be troubled” As Hudson Taylor said “There are three stages to every great work of God; first it is impossible, then it is difficult, then it is done.” I am the way…..the truth…and Life for those whom are mine! The problem for us is our sin, the solution is Jesus Christ, and the promises found in the gospel that not only saves you from the wrath of God…..it saves you a dwelling place for all eternity with Him. The one and only Jesus Christ!


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