On the Night Before He Suffered

Tuesday is for Counseling

Light and Darkness

He knew he was going to die.

The one task he had to do before it happened was to prepare his best friends and family for the reality of a ticking clock that would end his life within 18 hours.

He knew their world would be rocked.
He knew their world would be pocked and pitted

…….by a sorrow that would split them.
He loved them.
He wanted to comfort them.
He knew they were confused.
He knew they were disappointed.
He knew they were dis-spirited.

In the midst of the horror ahead, he wanted them to be at peace, to have “shalom”.

So he crafted his words carefully.
He crafted them to be remembered.
He crafted them to explode with power when they were needed most.
He crafted them to show them the way forward out of the pain of what they were about to experience.

14 “Let not your hearts be troubled. Believe in God; believe also in me.In my Father’s house are many rooms. If it were not so, would I have told you that I go to prepare a place for you? And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again and will take you to myself, that where I am you may be also. And you know the way to where I am going.”
Thomas said to him, “Lord, we do not know where you are going. How can we know the way?”
Jesus said to him, “I am the way, and the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.

John 14:1–6 (ESV)

A Benediction
So, in all your trials, in all your travels, in all the places of fear, and trouble, and confusion, and disappointment, and sorrow let your heart remember that He who died and rose for you is now preparing a place for you and He is coming back for you and He knows the way out of darkness and into the light. May you run to Him. Run to Him like a child in danger runs to his father. Run to Him because H
e keeps all his promises. Trust Him. 

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