On the eve of His betrayal, Jesus says these words to His disciples:
Let not your heart be troubled; you believe in God, believe also in Me.
John 14:1 (KJV)
Knowing that He was about to be betrayed, abandoned, denied, beaten, publicly humiliated and ridiculed, ripped and torn apart that we might be saved, He tells His disciples to not be troubled but to believe. They were about to face the darkest day but they needed to believe.
I turned to these words when my father passed away in 1977. I was 16 years old and had just become fully aware of what it meant to have a father. Why? Because suddenly mine was gone and the gulf between us was uncrossable except through death. I cannot begin to describe how small, how vulnerable and how alone I felt. I had never fully understood how he stood between me and the world as my provider and protector until he was no longer there and nearly 38 years later, when I see a father and daughter together, I still get a lump in my throat. I have a husband, I have a brother, I have a son but I do not have a father and I will always feel that loss until that day when we are reunited in God's presence forevermore. I found comfort in those words and knew that despite the darkness and my grief, I needed to believe.
No matter how dark it gets, we have to take comfort in these words and believe. The darkest of nights was the prelude to the most glorious of days, the resurrection or rising up (anastasis) of Jesus Christ from the dead.
Let not your heart be troubled... remember and believe.