Why Do We Have Worldly Troubles?

When Jesus had said these things, He was troubled in spirit, and testified and said, “Most assuredly, I say to you, one of you will betray Me.
— John 13:21

When you read John 13 a dialogue took place at the Lord’s supper table and at this point, He has predicted his betrayal, told his disciples that He is going away and cannot follow, and told Peter that he will deny Him 3 times. If a person has foreknowledge of events that were going to happen to them before they die, they probably would become troubled and distressed.

Now you can ask yourself what troubles in your life are overwhelming? In the midst these “worldly troubles” such as betrayal, leaving, and denial, Jesus still says, “Do not let your heart be troubled” and there's a guaranteed hope for the future. Notice Christ sets the disciple’s minds on the things above and reassures them that despite any worldly trouble that they or you will go through, He will still take care of them and you and that’s in John 14:1-4.

Now why is it important to know that “the way” is a person and not a moral path? Nearly every other religion world says the way to God is a bunch of rules to obey. In other words, the “way” or “path” to God is through good works that I or you need to uphold or do. The problem with this logic is we can never get to God because we have fallen short of His standard. (Rom. 3:23)


Jesus reveals that there is still hope for every person to have a right relationship with God and live in heaven forever, but it's not through anything morale people do, but through knowing a person and what He has done and that is by dying on the cross forgiveness of sin. Jesus made a dynamic shift in true religion and revealed that the world’s way at getting to God's heaven would never work.

We humans were half right and have wrong. Half right in that we are saved by works, not just our works, but the work of the Son on our behalf. Half wrong in thinking the path to God is not through doing any works but having a personal relationship with Jesus and trusting him.

The spirit draws and leads people to Christ, and Christ introduces people to the Father, thus ensuring a complete relationship with every person with God. When people saw Jesus, they saw the Father. Jesus has showed us in the New Testament is that His soul mission on earth was to be the perfect representation of the Father and to do His will. He was, He did, and He finished it.

Now it is our job to do the ministry of Christ and represent Him to all people. We are not God like Christ was so we will not represent Him perfectly, but when we die to ourselves through the cross, according to the gospel, people will see Jesus. God bless.