Sermon: Easter 5.A

Text: John 14:1-14
Date: 5.22.2011
Do not let your hearts be troubled

In the name of the Father and of the +Son and of the Holy Spirit. Amen.

The apostles could have responded, “But isn't that what You did, Jesus?”

In the upper room, on the night when He was betrayed, Jesus also commanded His disciples: “Do not let your hearts be troubled.” Yet, just moments earlier, John tells us that, “Jesus was troubled in His spirit, and testified, 'One of you will betray me.'”i Likewise, after Jesus' Palm Sunday, triumphal entry; He was praying, and He Himself says, “Now is my soul / troubled. And what shall I say? Father, save me from this hour? But for this purpose I have come to this hour. Father, glorify your name.”ii Twice, Jesus Himself was troubled concerning His death; twice He commands His disciples, “Do not let your hearts be troubled.”iii But isn't that what You did, Jesus?