The first century Disciples of Jesus were subjected to vigorous trials and tribulations. And, down the stream of time, as His Disciples today, we also have difficulties, which hinder us from faithfully daily practicing our confession. However, our troubles, in no way, are as challenging as what our brethren had to endure in the early days of the Kingdom—nevertheless, the redeemed of today have troublesome times which we also must endure in an obedient way—for our future glory hinges on our faithfulness (Hebrews 11:6).
When one obeys the gospel, the evil one is very interested in helping the obedient one give up on Christ and return quickly to worldliness. When Jesus said a loved one was going to betray Him, “…the disciples looked at one another, perplexed about whom He spoke” (John 13:21-22). Later Jesus said, “Little children, I shall be with you a little while longer. You will seek Me; and as I said to the Jews, where I am going, you cannot come” (John 13:33). Not fully comprehending, they were troubled. Jesus, recognizing their concern, offered the following words of hope and encouragement: “Let not your heart be troubled; you believe in God, believe also in Me. 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. And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again and receive you to Myself; that where I am, there you may be also” (John 14:1-3). Jesus wanted His Disciples to know the separation and trouble of this present life would not last forever. In due time, they would be reunited with Him. Examining His words, we find them a great hope and comfort.
Furthermore, Jesus proclaimed, “And where I go you know, and the way you know” (John 14:4). Confused, Thomas said, “Lord, we do not know where You are going, and how can we know the way” (John 14:5)? While clarifying His teaching for Thomas and the others, Jesus pointed the way home to glory: “I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through Me” (John 14:6). The way of life and glory mentioned by Jesus, lets the faithful of all times know they must seek Him by the way of the cross—for there is no other way. What wonderful words of hope and comfort for those who have placed their trust in the Lamb of God.
For Saints today, these words of Jesus still provide hope for all who long for His appearing. While waiting for His coming, Saints must do whatever it takes to hold fast their confession. Knowing the way home and walking in it is made difficult by troublesome times, however, by faithfully living one day at a time, and steeling ourselves against Satan’s fiery darts, we can, by the blood of Christ, overcome.