I couldn’t really find a picture that relates in its fullest sense to this post, so this one will have to do.
It’s been a very fast moving time recently, which hasn’t gone without challenges, grief, mourning and difficulty.
At our church, we have lost some valuable people in our congregation to illness. The time, of course, is very sad for the families involvedand we are weeping with those who weep as a church congregation. The inspiration for this post comes from our weekly church prayer meeting that we have on a Friday morning. Last week at the meeting, we prayed over those who are going through difficulty and those who are grieving at this time.
As I was praying, John 16:33 came to mind. It says this,
33 “I have told you these things, so that in me you may have peace. In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world.”
WIthin this one verse, there is a statement of reality, and a statement of hope.
The statement of reality is that the world brings trouble. You may think that this breaking news from Jesus is nothing new. And you’re right; we can all say from our own experience that the world brings trouble. The comfort in this reality statement made by Jesus is that he knows about the trouble, and he himself went through the cruelest trouble when he died on the Cross. Jesus is far more relational than people may seem.
The statement of hope is that Jesus has overcome. This statement was made by him after his resurrection. His overcoming of the world provides a sure, certain and eternal hope of future glory and comfort, knowing that the King of Love has beaten death, the world and the devil.
If you feel like the world is getting on top of you, come and be refreshed, comforted and revived by the one who’s overcome.
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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