Ever since that night in the Upper Room with His disciples, Jesus’ words of counsel and instruction continue to bring hope and comfort to His followers. With a tenderness that s ll resonates with us today, Jesus addressed this special group of friends in prepara on for what they would experience a”er He returned to Heaven. Jesus wanted them to remain committed to Him and, as His disciples, to demonstrate the principles of His kingdom in their lives. He gave them the clearest description of what it meant to be His followers when He said, “love each another…By this everyone will know that you are my disciples if you love one another.” They were to focus on love, not fear.
But as they thought of being here without Him they were afraid. And then, His counsel turned their thoughts to how they should relate to the greatest day they would ever experience. “Let not your hearts be troubled, My Father’s house has many rooms…I am going there to prepare a place for you…I will come back and take you to be with
Me.” And the message of that statement should be the basis for us as we continue to wait for the fulfillment of that promise. As we look around us today it is exciting to see that
the signs of His coming are growing more distinct. Some of these things might even s r up a sense of fear in some folks. However, it is my prayer that we will always remember that when Jesus spoke those words of comfort and hope so long ago, He was speaking to our hearts as well. Pastor Phil