Jesus’ words “let not your hearts be troubled” (John 14:1a) are comforting. But this it is not merely counsel. It is a command. What Jesus is saying is that in the face of trouble—terrible trouble—we must not allow our hearts to be troubled.
How is that even possible?
Jesus’ answer: “Believe in God; believe also in me” (John 14:1b).
When Jesus spoke these words, he had just informed the disciples that one of them would betray him and Peter would deny him that night. On top of that he said he was going away. He meant death and later ascension. This was very troubling news. But it was not to trouble them. Why? Because Jesus’ promise was that their brief sorrow would turn into indestruct…