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Daily Reading: 2nd June 2015

John 14.1

1 “Do not allow your heart to be agitated; you believe in God, also believe in Me.

Jesus continues the conversation from the last verse of chapter 13. There is no break in His speaking with the disciples.

Perhaps Jesus could see that His disciples were getting troubled by what He had said to them. His words would have caused them some concern.

They would have been concerned that Jesus was going to leave them; they would have been troubled by the possibility of His death; and they would probably have worried about the continuance of the ministry, since they had given up everything so they could be involved in it.

Then Jesus told them that Peter was going to deny that he ever knew Jesus. Perhaps the other disciples were worried that if Peter, a strong character, could deny Jesus, then what hope was there for them in standing firm in their loyalty to Him.

There may have been many other things that Jesus could see were causing His loyal disciples serious causes for concern.

Therefore, Jesus plainly tells them not to be worried. The sense of the Greek grammar is that they were in a state of agitation. Jesus issues a loving order for them to stop worrying.

There were a number of times when Jesus told His disciples not to fear, in particular when Jesus walked to them on the water. The word ‘fear’ is a different word from trouble or agitated. However, the sense is much the same, in that Jesus does not want us to be afraid, and He doesn’t want our hearts to be in a state of agitation.

Isaiah gives us a key on how to avoid being agitated:

You will keep in perfect peace all who trust in You, whose thoughts are fixed on You! – Isaiah 26.3. In other words we must turn our eyes away from looking at the problems we may have. Instead we must turn our eyes on Jesus.

Many will remember this small chorus:

Turn your eyes upon Jesus, Look full in His wonderful face, And the things of earth will grow strangely dim, In the light of His glory and grace.

Helen Lammel.

Let us keep our eyes fixed on Jesus, King of kings and Lord of lords.

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