Monday, September 24, 2012

Trials and Tribulations

"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."    John 16:33

Jesus was speaking to his disciples.  He knew of that when his time came to die for our sins that his disciples would be scattered and that they would leave him all alone.  But God would not leave him alone.  He knew that they would mourn and question if they were following the way, the truth and the life.  They would witness a horrific death and their savior whom they had seen perform mighty miracles killed innocently.  They would be questioning what was the purpose over the last three years and a half years.  The loss of such a great friend and such a great prophet would be too much too bear.  On top of it, Peter would fail him by denying him three times before the cruxifiction.  The guilt that Peter felt when he did it. The disciples were scattered and hid to protect their life from the religious leaders who put Jesus to death.  It was heart wrenching to see such a terrible thing happen.

Jesus knew that they would have to endure such a great loss for the glory he was to bring to the whole earth.  The gift of eternal life through what he would do.  Many today are enduring hardships, trials and tribulations.  Some are being persecuted for what they believe.  Across the world there are still many who are laying down their lives for an eternal redemption.  We who here in America still have some freedom left.  We can talk about Jesus and his goodness.  We can talk about how he died for our sins.  We can talk about repentance and the good news of the gospel opening without being put to death.  Some are going through deaths of loved ones, sickness and disease, hardship and pain.  Even I myself am enduring times that I prefer not to endure.  But there is a greater glory at the end of this road.  Yes, we will have trials and tribulations, but we need to be of good cheer....Jesus overcame the world.  We have not had to endure death on the cross and separation from God as he had too.  What we have is greater.  He said that when we receive him as our Lord and Savior, we will receive the comforter, the Holy Spirit.  The Holy Spirit is God with us.  He will be there to comfort us during our trials and tribuations.  He is there when we cry or when we laugh.  He is there when we are disappointed and discouraged.  He is there when we are broken hearted.  He is there to comfort us and heal us.  He is there to help us through our times of trouble.  He is there to bring us newness of life and his eternal peace.  So today may the Lord bless you with his peace and may you see the overcoming power that Jesus so gave us!


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