1“Do not let your hearts be troubled. You believe in God; believe also in me. 2 My Father’s house has many rooms; if that were not so, would I have told you that I am going there to prepare a place for you? 3 And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come back and take you to be with me that you also may be where I am. 4 You know the way to the place where I am going.”
2000 years ago, Jesus’ disciples also faced the gruesome reality of death. Their hearts were gripped with sadness and fear. They feared what would happen to them when Jesus died. Yes they have heard by this time several times that Jesus would have to die. Jesus Himself declared it. The terror and horror of death overwhelmed their feeling and mind. They could not hide it. So Jesus had to calm His disciples. This picture is most stunning because what usually happens is that the one facing death is the one in need of being calmed. The usual happening is that the one facing death does not desire death. He or she would repeatedly say: “I don’t want to die.” This situation would prompt others to console the person dying so that he/she can face death in peace. But in this passage we witness the one facing death, and not any common death, but the kind of death that is at the most severe in nature, consoling those whose lives were being spared. This is most stunning!