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The Answer for Worry

26. September 2012

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In the intimate fellowship of the upper room, Jesus exhorts His disciples, “Do not let your heart be troubled; believe in God, believe also in Me” (John 14:1). He had just washed their feet. Having done so, He announced, “I say to you, that one of you will betray Me” (John 13:21). This, of course, caused no small consternation. Who would it be? Then, with the compassion of a father for his children, Jesus warns of His impending departure. “Little children, I am with you a little while longer. You will seek Me; and as I said to the Jews, now I also say to you, ‘Where I am going, you cannot come’” (John 13:33). “To men who have left all for their Leader to be told that He is about to leave them is shattering” (Leon Morris, The Gospel According to John [Grand Rapids: Eerdmans, 1971], 637). Future circumstances will be dire. So much so will this be the case, and despite his protestations, Jesus warns Peter, “Truly, truly, I say to you, a rooster will not crow until you deny Me three times” (John 13:38). The situation in the upper room is far from tranquil.

In this context Jesus says, “Do not let your heart be troubled.” Transliterated, the word translated trouble is tarasso. Perhaps you’ve heard of terrazzo floors. They consist of marble or granite chips stirred into some form of cement. When dry, the terrazzo is ground and polished. Our Lord is speaking about being stirred in heart and mind. We are confused because we lack ...

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