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Inspirational, Uplifting and Encouraging Bible Verses: Do Not Let Your Heart Be Troubled, Hang On, Help Is On The Way
“Do not let your hearts be troubled. You believe in God; believe also in me. My Father’s house has many rooms; if that were not so, would I have told you that I am going there to prepare a place for you? And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come back and take you to be with me that you also may be where I am.” John 14:1-3
Jesus speaking once again. First point to cover today, His person and how it encompasses the whole of scripture. He is first referenced in Genesis:
Genesis 1:26 "And God said, 'Let Us make man in Our image, after Our likeness; and let them have dominion over the fish of the sea, over the fowl of the air, and over the cattle, over all the earth and over every creeping thing that creeps on the earth.'"
Why the plural reference “'Let Us make man in Our image, after Our likeness”? We can get scholarly here, focusing on literary style of the authors said to have penned that particular book. Or, we can reference scripture itself, which tells us that God has always existed in three persons, all present during the creation account: Father and Son being the first two, Son being Jesus. Thus, He was present in the beginning, one in the same yet separate with the Father, making the terms “Us” and “Our” applicable.
Messianic prophecies, many of which already fulfilled, abound in the Old Testament. We could exhaust pages here in covering them, but let’s just reference two from Isaiah to illustrate:
Isaiah 7:14 “14 Therefore the Lord himself will give you a sign: The virgin will conceive and give birth to a son, and will call him Immanuel.”
“Immanuel” meaning “God among Us”; the fleshly embodiment of God, Jesus, condescending and walking among men. And how did mankind receive Him? Exactly as predicted in Isaiah 53:4:
“Surely he took up our pain and bore our suffering, yet we considered him punished by God, stricken by him, and afflicted. But he was pierced for our transgressions, he was crushed for our iniquities; the punishment that brought us peace was on him, and by his wounds we are healed.”
Sad and tragic? No, I don’t think so. Rather, reason to celebrate! Way at the top, see that Jesus says He has prepared many rooms in His Father’s house, specifically for us; those rooms prepared and associated routes paved by the work He did in Isaiah above. We have all pondered the contradictory existence of good and evil in our world. I did yesterday as I looked out the window viewing a beautiful blue sky and sunshine, simultaneously aware of horrific realities existing elsewhere at the same time; a like contradiction, of sorts, existing within my own being. I really need not look outside myself to find the capacity for good and evil. All the more reason to look to God for a solution I cannot provide, all the more reason to hope that Isaiah’s words were inspired and indirectly penned by God. That being the potential case, He has a room waiting for us. Even better, He plans to return and take us there, to a time and place where we cannot even conceive just how nice it will be.
I was watching Jack Van Impe on TV last night. Some people think he is a kind of a nutcase, but he seems very well versed in prophecy, discussing its application to today’s world while focusing on the roles of Israel, Russia, China, modern day Rome, the push towards one world government and religion, … etc.
Maybe he is not such a nutcase, could be the prophecy he references may be just around the corner.