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Sent: Tuesday, April 11, 2017 7:31 AM
Subject: Focus to be set free
John, chapter 14, helps us with the problem of being troubled. Jesus opens with the statement: "Let not your heart be troubled". This seems to fall into the category of "more easily said then done". It seems our hearts just naturally become troubled for countless reasons. Yesterday we considered the great hope of Heaven and that Jesus is preparing a room for each believer and will come for them at just the right time and take them there. Today we consider the 'focus' we are meant to have when troubles start to carry us away. Consider this phrase from the same chapter:
John 14: 4 And you know the way to where I am going."5 Thomas said to him, "Lord, we do not know where you are going. How can we know the way?" 6 Jesus said to him, "I am the way, and the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.
Troubled hearts can come when life seems out of control, out of focus...without central meaning. Jesus tells the disciples that by now they should now where He is going, as He is about to leave through death and life and ascension back to His Father. Thomas reflects his troubled heart which isn't sure about where to go and how to get there. Jesus' instruction is for Thomas to remember all he has been taught and shown. If we have the one central focus of trust and belief in Jesus all of our uncertainty about where we are going and how we will get there is answered. That's because when we have placed our trust in Him we have already arrived. The result of this personal faith in Jesus is fulfillment of perhaps our two greatest needs: "Truth and Life".
The focus of our faith in Jesus is the way to truth and life and sets our troubled hearts free.