Words of Comfort

Sermon Summary for Sunday, May 14th, 2017 | Respectfully Submitted by Jeff Tindall

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The mother's day sermon reflected on the gospel from John 14.  "Do not let your hearts be troubled."  These reassuring words of comfort are often used to help us through difficult times when we lose loved ones.  Jesus assures His followers that they will be reunited with Him.  He will go forth and prepare a place for them in His father's house.  

It helps to look back at chapter 13 to set the stage for this conversation.  Jesus washes the feet of his disciples.  He gives them a new commandment - to love one another just as Jesus has loved them.  Finally, He foretells of Peter's denial.  You can sense the room evolve from a message from love and comfort to a realm of uncertainty.  Jesus knows what is going to happen, but His disciples seem to grow increasingly uncomfortable.  This is where Jesus reassures them that he will prepare a place for them in the holy kingdom and return to bring them home.  "I am the way, and the truth, and the life," Jesus tells them. "No one comes to the Father except through me. If you know me, you will know my Father also."

Today, we can follow Jesus and know that we, too, will have a place in His eternal kingdom.

Cling to Jesus.  Cling to one another.  Cling to the Church.

"I am the way, and the truth, and the life."