John 14:1-3 - Comfort for the Stressed-Out; and Everyone Else Too.

John 14:1-3 (NLT) Dont let your hearts 
be troubled. Trust in God, and trust also in 
me. There is more than enough room in my 
Fathers home. If this were not so, would I have told 
you that I am going to prepare a place for you? 
When everything is ready, I will come and get 
you, so that you will always be with me where I 

John 14:1-3 (AMP) DO NOT let your hearts be 
troubled (distressed, agitated). You believe in and 
adhere to and trust in and rely on God; believe in 
and adhere to and trust in and rely also on Me. 
In My Father's house there are many dwelling 
places (homes). If it were not so, I would have 
told you; for I am going away to prepare a place 
for you. And when (if) I go and make ready a 
place for you, I will come back again and will 
take you to Myself, that where I am you may be 


   Recent research has shown that the United 
States is the most stress-ridden nation on the 
planet. And this generation, according to experts, 
is the most stressed-out in American history. 
   Thats why these words of Christ are so 
relevant: Dont let your hearts be troubled. 
Trust in God, and trust also in me. There is more 
than enough room in my Fathers home. When 
everything is ready, I will come and get you, so that 
you will always be with me where I am (John 
14:1-3 NLT). 
   This is a pivotal point in the Gospel of 
John. Jesus was saying to His disciples, Its 
true that Im going away. And where I am going, 
you cant come right now. But I dont want 
you to be stressed out and agitated and 
   Then Jesus said, And I will ask the 
Father, and he will give you another Advocate, who 
will never leave you. He is the Holy Spirit, who 
leads into all truth (verses 16-17 NLT). In 
other words, Im not going to leave you 
without help or hope. Im going to send the Holy 
   When Jesus walked this earth, the 
disciples had a privilege that we dont have. They 
were with Him in person. 
   He was saying, Im going to leave 
you, but I will send the Holy Spirit, who will do 
a unique work in your life. He will seal you, 
guide you, and advocate for you. And He will 
empower you and fill you again and again. 
   What was true for the disciples in the 
first century is true for followers of Jesus 
Christ today. To those who are afraid, to those who 
are stressed-out and agitated, Jesus says, 
Dont let your hearts be troubled. Trust in God, 
and trust also in me. [Greg Laurie from 
Harvest Ministries; https://www.harvestdaily.com re 
vs. 1] 


   Jesus told His followers that He was 
leaving them to prepare a place for them in His 
Father's house. These are the same words a groom 
might speak to his intended bride, fitting the 
custom of the time, when a bride would leave her 
family and join her husbands to live in a newly 
prepared add-on to the family's home. This intimate 
image was a signal to the disciples that something 
greater than friendship would eventually be desired 
of them. In the divine plan, God wants His 
people as close to His heart as possible. 
   Earlier in John's Gospel, John the 
Baptist referred to Jesus as the bridegroom (3:29). 
It's an image Jesus frequently used of Himself; 
both in parables and in pointed comments to those 
who fasted and mourned in His presence rather 
than rejoicing as if at a wedding. And it's a 
stronger image of relationship than any other in 
Scripture. We aren't just clay pots, sheep, or 
servants. Neither are we merely friends or children. 
We are all of these things and more. We are the 
beloved bride. 
   Let that soak in. God could have used 
plenty of other human relationships as an 
illustration of His love for us - and He often did - but 
He took it as far as we can imagine with this 
one. There is no greater level of intimacy and 
affection than this. When it comes to relating to 
those who love Him, God is a romantic at heart. 
   That thought unnerves a lot of people who 
want only the majesty and dignity of God and not 
the passion of knowing Him deeply. The truth is 
that both sides are true, and one without the 
other leads either to a cold and distant 
relationship or a sentimental, casual one. God wants both 
awe and intimacy, but the ultimate expression of 
His love is to relate to us as a bridegroom to a 
bride. We know that because Scripture ends with a 
wedding. The betrothal at Sinai (Jeremiah 2:2) is 
fulfilled at the coming of the Son in splendor. And 
the story really does end with "happily ever 
after." [The One Year Heaven On Earth Devotional by 
Chris Tiegreen re vs. 3] 

Going Home
   The moment came at the end of a good day 
when my dad was in the best of spirits. I'd come 
a long way home to see Dad in his final days 
at my brother's home on my parents' farm. We'd 
spent days visiting and reminiscing. This had been 
Dad's strongest, most vibrant day since I'd been 
   Aaron, my brother, came over late to 
where I was staying with Mom. He just had to share 
the news: Dad had seen Jesus. He'd told Aaron, 
"He was right here in this room! He is here all 
the time. He loves us so much." Dad could hardly 
describe the magnitude of His love for us. Dad's face 
was lit from within. Aaron said Dad looked like 
a little boy at Christmas, not a dying old 
   Later that night, Dad told Aaron about 
glimpses of heaven. The beauty was indescribable in 
human terms; no words approached the glory he saw. 
Dad spoke of how eager he was to see his 
parents, and especially his brother. Dad became 
excited about what was to come. His body too became 
ready to release his soul. The food of this earth 
no longer appealed to him. He hungered for 
something else. He shifted from home care to hospice 
   The less he spoke, the more I clung to 
that vision of hope. The energy in the room 
changed. Jesus Himself was here! Heaven is for real! 
I could feel it! And Dad was on the doorstep, 
his hand already on the knob. 
   Lord, You love this world so much that 
You sent Your Son so that we may have eternal 
life. Bless Your Wondrous Name forever! Erika 
Bentsen [Walking in Grace 2021 Devotional by 
Guideposts and Zondervan re vs. 3] 

Gods People Are Everywhere
   Several years ago I heard then Vice 
President George Bush speak at a prayer breakfast. He 
told of his trip to Russia to represent the 
United States at the funeral of Leonid Brezhnev. 
The funeral was as precise and stoic as the 
communist regime. No tears were seen, and no emotion 
displayed. With one exception. Mr. Bush told how 
Brezhnevs widow was the last person to witness the 
body before the coffin was closed. For several 
seconds she stood at his side and then reached down 
and performed the sign of the cross on her 
husbands chest. 
   In the hour of her husbands death, she 
went not to Lenin, not to Karl Marx, not to 
Khrushchev. In the hour of death she turned to a 
Nazarene carpenter who had lived two thousand years 
ago and who dared to claim: Dont let your 
hearts be troubled. Trust in God, and trust in 
me. [Max Lucado Daily Devotional at 


Thus will be fulfilled Christs promise to 
His disciples, I will come again, and receive 
you unto Myself. John 14:3. Those who have 
loved Him and waited for Him, He will crown with 
glory and honor and immortality. The righteous 
dead will come forth from their graves, and those 
who are alive will be caught up with them to 
meet the Lord in the air. They will hear the 
voice of Jesus, sweeter than any music that ever 
fell on mortal ear, saying to them, Your warfare 
is accomplished. Come, ye blessed of My 
Father, inherit the kingdom prepared for you from 
the foundation of the world. Matthew 25:34. 
Well might the disciples rejoice in the hope of 
their Lords return. AA34 


If anyone has a paraphrase, commentary or 
testimony on this passage of Scripture, either 
personal or otherwise, I would be interested in 
hearing from you.  Thanks in advance and let's keep 
uplifting Jesus that all might be drawn to Him. Fred 


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