“Do not let your heart be troubled; believe in God, believe also in Me” (John 14:1).
With word of Judas’ betrayal, the prediction of Peter’s three-fold denial, and a pronouncement that he is going to a place they cannot go, what began as a pleasant observation of the Passover has turned into an evening of self-questioning uncertainties for Jesus’ disciples. Such is the nature of life: what would never have been anticipated just a few hours prior, is suddenly thrust upon you. Those of who have never had to give up families, homes, and careers to follow Jesus (Matthew 19:27), are in no position to judge those who did, nor the quality of their faith. His present tense imperative is emphatic, “Stop! Do not let your mind go to a place of doubting; not just in these circumstances, but any that might be forthcoming.” Belief is a waiting game for the providential purposes of God to be fully revealed.