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A cheery and warm welcome, dearest friends, to His Encouragement: Biblical Inspiration for Your Thursday. Every Thursday, a few blogging friends and I will each bring you a Bible verse and a little hope-filled discussion. We pray that these Thursday posts help you end your week strong in God’s love and purpose for you. We also welcome you to join the conversation by commenting with your thoughts. God bless!
Today’s Thursday Encouragement
“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.” — John 16:33, ESV
These words were spoken by Jesus to His disciples only a short time before His arrest and subsequent execution. He was trying to prepare them for what was going to happen and give them the encouragement they would need to get through perhaps the darkest time in their lives. Even though He had warned them, the disciples had no idea that soon their Rabbi, their teacher, their leader — the man whom they believed was the long awaited Messiah — would be betrayed into the hands of the Jewish religious leaders by one of their own and die a horrible death upon a Roman cross.
Surely, as the disciples later hid themselves fearing for their own lives (John 20:19), they must have felt a very deep hopelessness coupled with sorrow and confusion. They had believed that as the Messiah Jesus would have eventually become king of Israel and somehow ousted the Romans from the land. They did not yet comprehend Jesus’ true mission. Those hours and days between His arrest in the Garden of Gethsemane and His resurrection, they must have been at their lowest point.
And it was for that time specifically that Jesus said these comforting words: “I have said these things to you, that in me you may have peace.” Everything He said and everything He did was intended to teach His followers important lessons, from which they would find peace. You, too, can find peace and comfort in the words of Jesus Christ. No matter what your tribulation is, you can have “the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding” (Philippians 4:7) precisely because Jesus has overcome this world through His death and resurrection.
So, beloved, take heart! Do not give up hope. May you be encouraged with the peace of God.
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