Delivered: May 5, 2013; Scripture: John 14:23-29
For the disciples, things were getting too real.
With each passing day the tension between Jesus and the world was intensifying.
The community and religious leaders were practically foaming at the mouth, waiting for an excuse to lash out at Jesus and his followers.
So, this conversation with Jesus could not have been a welcome one in the midst of all the turmoil swirling around them.
Jesus—the only thing holding them together—is going to go away?
And on top of that, he’s talking about leaving his peace to them the same way we talk about leaving our earthly possessions to the people we love.
Jesus—the only thing keeping them on this hard path—is making his bequeathal?
Why on earth is Jesus pulling them aside and making a will out to them?
How terrible this must have sounded to the Twelve—the small group gathered together out of earshot from the crowds that were always following Jesus looking for entertainment.
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