What Jesus Did! 'See Jesus as God Up Close' — John 14:1

Friday, September 21, 2018

[Jesus said,] "Don't let your hearts be troubled. Trust in God, and trust also in me."
— John 14:1 NLT
Illustration of John 14:1 NLT — [Jesus said,] "Don't let your hearts be troubled. Trust in God, and trust also in me."

Key Thought

All their lives, Jesus' disciples were taught to trust God. Their childhoods had been filled with great stories of faithfulness. Jesus' words (which follow in John 14) will stretch their understanding past the breaking point. He will equate himself with God. They will struggle to understand. Much of what happens will remain an impenetrable mystery to them until Jesus' resurrection and the coming of his Spirit. For them, and for us, these words take on great meaning: "Trust in God, and trust also in me." His point? It's like he's saying, "Trust me! I'm God up close for you!" Jesus is the great reminder of God's concern and understanding of our dilemmas. He is God up close.

Today's Prayer

Righteous and holy God, my Abba Father, I praise you for your love and grace. Thank you for entering our world and drawing close to us in Jesus. Thank you for giving us Jesus so we can know your love and compassion more clearly. I put my trust in him as I pray in his mighty name. Amen.

Related Scripture Readings

  • John 1:14-18
  • John 5:24
  • John 12:44-50

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About This Devotional

What Jesus Did is a one-year devotional guide through the gospels, using one short passage each day and following the Gospel in consecutive order. Each devotional consists of a passage, reflection and a prayer which opens up the day's scripture and shows how it challenges you to live for Jesus.

What Jesus Did! is written by Phil Ware.

Scripture quotations are taken from the Holy Bible, New Living Translation, copyright ©1996, 2004, 2007, 2013, 2015 by Tyndale House Foundation. Used by permission of Tyndale House Publishers, Inc., Carol Stream, Illinois 60188. All rights reserved.