True Hope in Hopeless Times (Part 3)

TEXT: John 14:1-4

We have been looking at the topic of true hope in hopeless times over the past few weeks. And, ladies and gentlemen, our true hope is the same as Vance Havner’s true hope — and it is found in the same place — in the back of the Bible. So far, we have learned that the true hope of Christians is a person — Jesus Christ, and an event — the Rapture, when Jesus Christ will come to earth to gather all those who believe in Him for salvation. In part 2 of this series, we also saw three reasons why we look forward to the Rapture:

1. We look forward to the Rapture because it means being like Jesus

2. We look forward to the Rapture because it means being with Jesus

3. We look forward to the Rapture because of the certainty of the promise of Christ’s coming.

Today, I want us to look at how our hearts can be at peace during perilous times.

1. Choose not to have troubled hearts. In John 14:1-4, Jesus Christ tells His disciples and us to “let not your heart be troubled.” The word troubled means “to cause inward commotion or to take away calmness of mind.” Many of us skip over this little phrase and hurry on to Jesus’ promises about going to Heaven and preparing a place for us there.

2. Choose to believe in God. The key to overcoming our troubled hearts is found immediately after Jesus’ first statement. He says, “believe in God.” This phrase is also a command.

3. Choose to believe in Jesus Christ. After telling His disciples to “believe in God,” Jesus Christ goes on to say, “believe also in Me.” This is the third command in this single verse.

Don’t trust in people and things. People die, people let you down, people disappoint you. Things perish and can be taken away. Trust in God who does not change and in Jesus Christ who promised that He would never leave us nor forsake us. If you do this, you will have no reason to have a troubled heart and you can have true hope in hopeless times.

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