“Do not let your hearts be troubled. You believe in God; believe also in me. My Father’s house has many rooms; if that were not so, would I have told you that I am going there to prepare a place for you? And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come back and take you to be with me that you also may be where I am. You know the way to the place where I am going.” John 14:1-4
Believers need not let their hearts be worried, troubled. Let us maintain our daily belief in God the Father, and in his Son. God has a plan and a place for us. Jesus doesn’t lie, he speaks only truth. And as a carpenter by trade, and creator by essence, he went to prepare a place for us, to make it ready, to await us. Christ is the ultimate host. He is the one who welcomes his disciples into his presence, and washes their feet. Eight chapters earlier, in John, He feeds the 5,000.
Moments after feeding this great crowd, the disciples ask him a question
When they found him on the other side of the lake, they asked him, “Rabbi, when did you get here?” Jesus answered, “Very truly I tell you, you are looking for me, not because you saw the signs I performed but because you ate the loaves and had your fill. Do not work for food that spoils, but for food that endures to eternal life, which the Son of Man will give you. For on him God the Father has placed his seal of approval.” John 6:25-27
In this day an age, and apparently in that day and age when this story happened, there was pressure, be it from the world or self-imposed, to strive for food that comes from earth, when in reality, Jesus told them then, and tells us today, to work for the food that endures to eternal life, which He will give us. What is this food?
In John chapter 4, Jesus explains what his food was:
Meanwhile his disciples urged him, “Rabbi, eat something.”
But he said to them, “I have food to eat that you know nothing about.”
Then his disciples said to each other, “Could someone have brought him food?”
“My food,” said Jesus, “is to do the will of him who sent me and to finish his work. Don’t you have a saying, ‘It’s still four months until harvest’? I tell you, open your eyes and look at the fields! They are ripe for harvest. Even now the one who reaps draws a wage and harvests a crop for eternal life, so that the sower and the reaper may be glad together. Thus the saying ‘One sows and another reaps’ is true. I sent you to reap what you have not worked for. Others have done the hard work, and you have reaped the benefits of their labor.” John 4:31-38
The word “Believe” in John 6:29, “believe in the One he has sent” in Greek is pisteuēte with the origin of pistis (for deeper study follow this link). The take-away is be persuaded.
- What fields are “ripe for harvest” around you and I?
- What is the “bread that came down from heaven”, in John 6?
- Need believers worry about their eternal destiny?
- Read 2nd Timothy 1:6, what was Timothy’s role in his personal spiritual reviving?