Troubled In Spirit

After saying these things, Jesus was troubled in His spirit, and testified, “Truly, truly, I say to you, one of you will betray Me.” (John 13:21 ESV)

“Let not your hearts be troubled. Believe in God; believe also in Me. Thomas said to Him, “Lord, we do not know where You are going. How can we know the way?” Jesus said to him, “I am the way, and the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through Me.” (John 14:1‭, ‬5‭-‬6 ESV)

In the verses above, first it is recorded that Jesus is troubled in His spirit. Then, a few verses later, Jesus is telling His disciples to not let their hearts be troubled. Looking at the Greek, both use the word ‘tarasso’. So, is there a conflict in what John writes? Certainly not. We learn a lot by closely examining what was taking place. Jesus, 100% God, was also 100% man. He was about to be betrayed. He was about to be abandoned. He was preparing Himself to take on the sins of the world. He was going to die a most horrible death. As soon as He was troubled by all this, He began seeking strength that only comes from the divine. Read carefully the following verses:

When Jesus had spoken these words, He lifted up His eyes to heaven, and said (prayed), “Father, the hour has come; glorify your Son that the Son may glorify You, since You have given Him authority over all flesh, to give eternal life to all whom You have given Him.” (John 17:1‭-‬2 ESV)

Then Jesus went with them to a place called Gethsemane, and He said to His disciples, “Sit here, while I go over there and pray.” And taking with Him Peter and the two sons of Zebedee, He began to be sorrowful and troubled. Then He said to them, “My soul is very sorrowful, even to death; remain here, and watch with Me.” (Matthew 26:36‭-‬38 ESV)

And being in agony He prayed more earnestly; and His sweat became like great drops of blood falling down to the ground. And when He rose from prayer, He came to the disciples and found them sleeping. (Luke 22:44‭-‬45 ESV)

Then He came to the disciples and said to them, “Sleep and take your rest later on. See, the hour is at hand, and the Son of Man is betrayed into the hands of sinners. Rise, let us be going; see, My betrayer is at hand.” (Matthew 26:45‭-‬46 ESV)

Jesus received the strength He needed to face the agony ahead. It must be the same way with us. We will begin to feel troubled in our spirits when we go through trying times in our life. But, Jesus promises us this:

“And I will ask the Father, and He will give you another Helper, to be with you forever, even the Spirit of truth, whom the world cannot receive, because it neither sees Him nor knows Him. You know Him, for He dwells with you and will be in you. I will not leave you as orphans; I will come to you.” (John 14:16‭-‬18 ESV)

All we need to do is tap into the Holy Spirit power He has promised us!

Ye are of God, little children, and have overcome them: because greater is He that is in you, than he that is in the world. (1 John 4:4 KJV)

“And behold, I am sending the promise of my Father upon you. But stay in the city until you are clothed with power from on high.” (Luke 24:49 ESV)

This is such a great verse to end with because it puts everything into perspective:

For we do not have a high priest who is unable to sympathize with our weaknesses, but one who in every respect has been tempted as we are, yet without sin. Let us then with confidence draw near to the throne of grace, that we may receive mercy and find grace to help in time of need. (Hebrews 4:15‭-‬16 ESV)

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