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Troubled That You May Not Be

You may not realize this, but the verse best known in the gospel of John is probably John 14:1—not John 3:16. At funerals we often hear, “Let not your hearts be troubled,” with the hope of giving comfort to grieving hearts. As Dr. Ferguson notes, this verse is often taken out of context, as people fail to understand the foundation for the consolation that Christ offers. Ironically, it arises out of the very gospel-centered suffering that our Savior endured on behalf of sinners. In this lesson, then, we find counsel for troubled hearts in general and to pessimistic Thomas and self-sufficient Philip in particular. In the end, Jesus was troubled in order that His disciples may not be.