The Gospel of JohnThe Source Of All Comfort

John 14:1 “Let not your heart be troubled: ye believe in God, believe also in me.
2 In my Father's house are many mansions: if it were not so, I would have told you. I go to prepare a place for you.
3 And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again, and receive you unto myself; that where I am, there ye may be also.”

1. The Troubles Of Life
2. Believe In The Son Of God
3. The Father’s House
4. A Mansion For You
5. Your Special Appointment
6. Forever Together

1. The Troubles Of Life

Verse one: “Let not your heart be troubled: …”

There is something about trouble that makes it inescapable. Man is born into it as it the BOOK says in Job chapter five, verse seven: “Yet man is born unto trouble, as the sparks fly upward.” [Job 5:7]

Not only is he born into trouble but his whole life is FULL of trouble. [Job 14:1] “Man that is born of a woman is of few days and full of trouble.”

Trouble weakens the hand of all who have trouble. In Second Kings chapter nineteen verse three, Hezekiah said: “This day is a day of trouble, and of rebuke, and blasphemy; for the children are come to the birth, and there is not strength to bring forth.” [2 Kings 19:3]

It is because sin is in this world that we have all this trouble. [Sickness, death, broken homes, wars, divorces, murders, financial setbacks, debt, unrequited love, betrayals and lost jobs are some of troubles we have in life.]

If Adam had not sinned there would be no trouble in our life.

But now that there is trouble in this old world [because of our sin], the LORD has over and again been known to use [trouble]. He uses trouble by sending it into our lives in order to get to our attention and to turn us to turn back to HIM. Trouble can do this kind of thing. Amen!

 [Job 27:9] “Will God hear his cry when trouble cometh upon him?”

 [Psalm 108:12] “Give us help from trouble: for vain is the help of man.” [Psalm 9:9] “The Lord also will be a refuge for the oppressed, a refuge in times of trouble.”

[Psalm 10:1] “Why standest thou afar off, O Lord? why hidest thou thyself in times of trouble?” 

 [Psalm 27:5] “For in the time of trouble he shall hide me in his pavilion: in the secret of his tabernacle shall he hide me; he shall set me up upon a rock.”

[Psalm 46:1] “God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble.”

God has done this with Israel over and over again.

Take a look in Second Chronicles chapter twenty-nine for just a moment.

Let me read to you verse eight. “Wherefore the wrath of the Lord was upon Judah and Jerusalem, and he hath delivered them to trouble, to astonishment, and to hissing, as ye see with your eyes.” [2 Chronicles 29:8]

The LORD has used trouble as HIS big stick to chasten His people [Israel]. [Psalm 78:33] “Therefore their days did he consume in vanity, and their years in trouble.”

Soon ... God will bring the Tribulation to this earth such as never has been seen. [Jeremiah 30:7] “Alas! for that day is great, so that none is like it: it is even the time of Jacob's trouble, but he shall be saved out of it.”

HE will use the TROUBLE therein to deal with HIS chosen nation and to prepare them for the Kingdom of Heaven [the one thousand reign of Jesus Christ on this earth].

In this age, [The Age of GRACE] when TROUBLES come into the Christian’s life [and they will come, my friend] THE GOD of all comfort will comfort us in all our troubles.

 [2 Corinthians 1:4] “Who comforteth us in all our tribulation, that we may be able to comfort them which are in any trouble, by the comfort wherewith we ourselves are comforted of God.”

My friend, go to HIM in troubles. HE will comfort you!

2. Believe In The Son Of God

Verse one: “Ye believe in God, believe also in me.”

Now, we are heading to the solution to our troubles.

Troubles have this purpose … to drive us to the watering trough, but now we need to drink from the watering trough.

It is not is not enough to believe in God.

Why? It is because every one with any sense at all … believes in God.

Even the devils believe in God yet they are not saved. [James 2:19] “Thou believest that there is one God; thou doest well: the devils also believe, and tremble.”

No one on the face of this earth has to put any real effort into believing in God. Why it is rooted in their very conscience. We came to this consciousness with no sweat.

Ye believe in God! [Romans 1:20] “For the invisible things of him from the creation of the world are clearly seen, being understood by the things that are made, even his eternal power and Godhead; so that they are without excuse.”

We are without excuse. Amen!

Now, friend, it is one thing to believe in God. It is quite another thing to believe in THE SON of GOD: “believe also in me.”

This is where the vast majority of people will break their necks. This is where we ALL trip up. Believe in God – YES, that is OK, but believe on the LORD JESUS CHRIST“Oh NO!” “We will not do that!”

Everybody [even the atheist in a honest moment] has no problem in believing in God, but believing on Jesus Christ that creates a huge RUCKUS [or problem].

Here is the issue … straight to THE QUICK! Are you ready?

 It’s because God has stipulated that the ONLY WAY to HEAVEN is through HIS SON Jesus Christ. [Acts 4:12] “Neither is there salvation in any other: for there is none other name under heaven given among men, whereby we must be saved.”

Talk about raising the hair on people’s backs and getting them angry. It is one thing to suggest to someone about doing something and quite another thing to make it a mandatory order to do the very thing or else. The human nature is to rebel at the authority.

Here, the AUTHORITY is THE BOOK [The King James Bible].

Go ahead and order a person to do something and they will have the tendency to do the very opposite thing. We can see this very nature in our children. Tell a child to do something, and then, just watch them do the very opposite thing. No surprise here. The BOOK tells us all about this. We got this nature from our father – Adam. M-A-N spells R-E-B-E-L.

 3. The Father’s House

Verse two: “In my Father's house …”

This is the SON talking of HIS Father’s house.

What thought come into mind? For me, there is something very heart warming about the thought of the Father’s house.

What is more, it is the thought of my going to the Father’s house. I know it will be a place of complete safety and of total provision.

Furthermore, it will be a place of great nourishment and of sweet rest to one’s soul. Maybe for me it is because I lived most of life without my father.

Divorce does that kind of thing. It destroys the children’s relationship with his father. You have heard of Saturday fathers, haven’t you?

[Most often it’s the father who is missing because of what “the laws” of this land have done to the family.]

This is why the thought of my father’s house is so warm to me.

Now let us learn more about the Father’s house.

4. A Mansion For You

Verse two again: “In my Father's house are many mansions: if it were not so, I would have told you. I go to prepare a place for you.”

What are these mansions? Are not mansions huge? Oh yes they are huge. Amen!

Turn to [Revelation chapter twenty-one, verse two to see the location of these mansions HE has prepared for you and I.

“And I John saw the holy city, new Jerusalem, coming down from God out of heaven, prepared as a bride adorned for her husband.”

Now turn to chapter twenty-one, verse sixteen: “And the city lieth foursquare, and the length is as large as the breadth: and he measured the city with the reed, twelve thousand furlongs. The length and the breadth and the height of it are equal.” [Revelation 21:16]

Let us think on this thing a little bit.

[There is eight [8] furlongs to a mile.] That means this city that God has made for us is 1,500 miles on a side. 

Do you not think a that this city [New Jersusalem] which is a cube [with the sides of the cube being 1,500 miles] can not contain “many mansions” for the Bride of Christ throughout all eternity?

[1 Corinthians 2:9] “But as it is written, Eye hath not seen, nor ear heard, neither have entered into the heart of man, the things which God hath prepared for them that love him.”

5. Your Special Appointment

Verse three: “And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again, and receive you unto myself; that where I am, there ye may be also.”

There is coming a day and a particular time when the LORD will come for you and come for me. That will be the day when He comes for His purchased possession. The Spirit of God tells us this in Ephesians chapter one, verse fourteen: “Which is the earnest of our inheritance until the redemption of the purchased possession, unto the praise of his glory.” [Ephesians 1:14]

Jesus Christ will redeem our body in the day of our passing over deaths’s river. He will complete the great transaction that He began on Mount Calvary’s CROSS when HE shed His Own BLOOD for you and I. Amen!

Oh, we are waiting for that day when we go home!

Listen to what it says in Romans eight, verse twenty-three. “And not only they, but ourselves also, which have the firstfruits of the Spirit, even we ourselves groan within ourselves, waiting for the adoption, to wit, the redemption of our body.” [Romans 8:23]

“There is coming a day
When no heartache shall come
No more clouds in the sky
No more tears to dim the eye
All is peace forever more
On that happy golden shore
What a day, glorious day that will be.”

6. Forever Together

Verse three again: “And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again, and receive you unto myself; that where I am, there ye may be also.”

At the end of this age of Grace, we will be caught up to be with the LORD forever.

Let me read to you from First Thessalonians chapter four: “Then we which are alive and remain shall be caught up together with them in the clouds, to meet the Lord in the air: and so shall we ever be with the Lord. Wherefore comfort one another with these words.” [1 Thessalonians 4:17-18]

This will fulfill HIS great desire for us as believers. What is this desire HE has for us?

 I will tell you! The desire of Jesus Christ … The Son Of God is for us [the Christians – The Church age saints] TO BE WITH HIM in Heaven [ultimately in the New Jerusalem].

Let me close by reading to you from John seventeen verse twenty-four: “Father, I will that they also, whom thou hast given me, be with me where I am; that they may behold my glory, which thou hast given me: for thou lovedst me before the foundation of the world.”

“What a day that will be
When my Jesus I shall see
And I look upon His face
The One who saved my by His grace
When He takes me by the hand
And leads me through the Promised Land
What a day, glorious day that will be.”

So brethren let not your heart be troubled!

Trust in The Lord!

He which testifieth these things saith, Surely I come quickly. Amen. Even so, come, Lord Jesus.” [Revelation 22:20]