At this point Jesus is about to leave. This means that the disciples and His other followers were going to be “without” Jesus and His leading. With Jesus not there what would they do? Jesus makes it clear what is supposed to happen. He gives very clear instruction as to what His followers are to do, which includes you and I.
It is pretty incredible that in this moment, in the presence of Jesus, that some of the people doubted. In our world today there are many who doubt Jesus. The encouragement that I see in this passage is that no matter who doubts or why they doubt, Jesus is Lord and all authority in heaven and on earth is His. This is encouraging because as His followers the task He commands is huge and cannot be done without Him. So because He has authority over all we can trust and rest in that He will be with us. Even if He is not physically present He will forever be spiritually present.
There are times where I see the task at hand and I don’t doubt Jesus is God, but I doubt that I can do what he has commanded. When I think of this I am reminded that by having that doubt I am doubting the authority of God over all.
Today, will you fulfill the command of Jesus to go?
Will you not doubt the presence of Jesus and the guidance He promises?
Ask yourself why not if you do not fulfill His commands.
By: Dakota Gragg — Student Ministry Associate