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Daily reading: 6th June 2015

John 14.2 cont.

2 In My Father’s house there are many rooms, if there are not, I would have told you. I am going there to prepare a place for you.

Jesus assures His disciples that what He is telling them is true. Here are the words of re-assurance that all they had been through and were about to go through was for a purpose, and one of those purposes was that they should have a home in Heaven. It may seem strange that Jesus had to say that He would not have said so if it were not true.

The disciples had been with Jesus for about three years, yet it appears they still may not have fully accepted all that Jesus said. Maybe this was why Jesus said on a number of occasions: “He who has ears to hear must listen.”

Our brains can be very good at filtering out things that we do not want to believe, and things about which we are sceptical.

Politicians are always trying to assure the electorate that they are telling the truth, and that they will keep their promises if elected to government. They know that people are prone not to trust them, and to doubt the truthfulness of what they say.

Were the disciples in a similar mode of doubt? It would appear not, since they had a good relationship with Jesus and understood that all His words are true. Jesus had already told them that: “Heaven and earth will disappear, but My words will never disappear” – Matthew 24.35 (NLT).

Yet Jesus knew that it was necessary for Him to assure them that He was speaking the truth.

We can only surmise that He needed to re-assurance them, although we shall see later that they sought some clarification from Jesus.

Perhaps we are like this at times. We hear what Jesus says to us, but we do not always accept it as being true or necessary for us.

It is in those times that the Holy Spirit will keep assuring us of the truth and validity of the words of Jesus. There are many times when we find ourselves swimming in an ocean of doubt. Let us be assured that Jesus does not leave us there to drown in our own doubt. Instead, by His Spirit, He comes to rescue us and stand us on the rock of His word.

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