31 Jesus answered them, “Do you now believe? 32 Indeed the hour is coming, yes, has now come, that you will be scattered, each to his own, and will leave Me alone. And yet I am not alone, because the Father is with Me. 33 These things I have spoken to you, that in Me you may have peace. In the world you will have tribulation; but be of good cheer, I have overcome the world.”
Jesus did not fret the future because He knew the future. The apostles, not knowing the future were troubled by Jesus’ predictions of their leaving Him, scattering from Him and leaving Him alone. Jesus did not rebuke them for what they were going to do but instead let them know that when that happened He would not be alone for His Father would be with Him. Throughout the trial and the beatings and the nails the Father was with the Son and the Son was comforted by the Father. It wasn’t until Christ took the curse of our sin upon Himself that the Father turned His back and the Son knew He had been forsaken by the Father. The greatest grief on the Cross was not the physical torture but the rejection of the Father.
Think about this for a moment. Those who think that going to hell won’t be a big deal are not aware that they will be eternally separated from the Father. In this life all people cry out to God at some point believing that He is there and hears their cry. When the Father’s back is turned true aloneness is realized. Thus for us who have trusted Christ we hold on the promise the God will never leave us nor forsake us.
Jesus went on to teach that the world would be harsh but in Him we would always have peace. What an example the Lord Jesus was to us! The peace of God that passes all understanding is what we now have because He who is in us, Jesus Christ, is greater than satan and all of his hosts who are in the world.
People are angry that Donald Trump beat Hillary Clinton. They do not know the Lord nor do they have His present peace. Had Hillary won the other side would be angry. People do not have the peace of God and look to the wrong sources for their peace. We who have Jesus Christ in us must be thermostats in the world we live. We should set the temperature of the room. We should bring peace with us wherever we go because we have the Prince of peace residing within us and He is greater.
Pray for one another. We need to consider one another to provoke to love and good works. The best way to begin provoking one another is to pray for one another. There are real needs amongst us that only God can solve. Look around yourself at church and pray for one another.
I went to the Waubonsie Valley High School Veteran’s Day assembly yesterday. 2600 students heard about the value of protecting our country. It was a well-done, very patriotic event. Many veterans came and were honored. The band and the choir sang the song “The Battle Hymn of the Republic.” In that song Christ is sung about. “In the beauty of the lilies, Christ was born across the seas, with a glory in His bosom that transfigures you and me. As He died to make men holy, let us die to make men free while God is marching on. Glory, glory Hallelujah, His truth is marching on.” As that was sung I prayed that some student might hear the gospel and cry out to the One who died to make men holy.
Have a great day in the Lord,