OK, so in John 16, Jesus is preparing his followers for going out into the big bad world on their own to make disciples and spread the Gospel. From the outset, it seems as though Jesus is abandoning them and that he’s leaving them to do the job themselves.
He warns them that there is going to be trouble, tribulation and pain. Yet Jesus reassures them. They aren’t alone!
The fact of the matter is that Jesus has already put things in place to make sure that the disciples who he loves know that they are safe and that everything will be OK.
I have said these things to you, that in me you may have peace. In the world you will have tribulation. But take heart; I have overcome the world.
What Jesus is saying here is that even before we go through trials and tribulations as Christians, he has already gone through it for us… and overcome.
If anyone is in Christ, that person loves and serves an all loving, all powerful God. The reality is that even if we feel that Jesus is far off in hard times, he has promised that he will never leave us nor forsake us.
Dean is a Minister in the Anglican Church. Currently he is Curate in the parishes of Bedwas, Machen, Michaelston-y-Fedw and Rudry in South Wales. He was born and bred in Wales, is married to Megan, and has two dogs called Taliesin and Melyn, and two cats named Sinsir and Hâf. He graduated from Cardiff University with a BA Hons. in Theology & Religious Studies, and has studied for an MA in Theology, Ministry & Mission at Trinity College Bristol. He also holds a Cert.RSCM from the Royal School of Church Music. He loves playing music, walking, reading, blogging and horse riding as well as going to the cinema and theatre.
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