Happy Lord’s Day!
In a chapter of instruction and encouragement to His disciples, Jesus finishes with these words in John 16:33:
In the world you will have tribulation; but be of good cheer, I have overcome the world.
In our world today, we are wise to cling to Jesus’ words, resting in the promise that He has already overcome this world and everything in it. We may not yet see the final outcome of that, but it remains true nonetheless.
Today, our world is filled with turmoil:
- Financial and societal upheaval in the US.
- Russia running amok in eastern Europe.
- Nuclear threats from Iran and North Korea.
- China’s looming aggression in Taiwan.
- Escalation of abortion and child killing “rights” in America and abroad.
- Political drama in Lebanon, Israel and elsewhere.
- Collapsing financial markets around the world.
- Food shortages threatening even first world nations.
- Lack of leadership across the globe.
- Blatant attacks to destroy families.
- Lose of moral compass.
- Rampant crime.
We could easily add hundreds more things to that list, but you get the idea. Following original sin in the Garden of Eden, our world has never been anywhere close to a perfect place. That is because God never intended for this world to be our forever home.
But who among us ever believed we would face the challenges we face today? Sure, we understood life would not be perfect, but to consider how close we are to good being evil and evil being good, I’m not sure we could conceive of just how upside down our world would become.
Guess what….we have not seen anything yet. As far as we have fallen, there is still far more tragic depths to which our world will fall. The tribulation is coming, and it will make all we see today seem like a picnic at the beach. Still, I’m not sure our minds yet comprehend the horrors coming in that hellish time of history.
But there is good news if you know Jesus Christ personally and have committed your life to Him! We considered Jesus’ words in John 16:33 (above), but earlier in the book of John, Jesus said this:
27 Peace I leave with you, My peace I give to you; not as the world gives do I give to you. Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid. 28 You have heard Me say to you, ‘I am going away and coming back to you.’~John 14:27-28
Jesus seemed to constantly give His followers hope as He taught and prepared them for what laid ahead. In John 14, He was actually referencing the coming of the Holy Spirit, who would guide and direct once He left earth. And for what purpose did Jesus leave earth? Let’s read how John 14 begins:
“Let not your heart be troubled; you believe in God, believe also in Me. 2 In My Father’s house are many mansions; if it were not so, I would have told you. I go to prepare a place for you. 3 And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again and receive you to Myself; that where I am, there you may be also.~John 14:1-3
Oh what hope we find there! Though our world may be spinning out of control, our Lord Jesus has gone to prepare a place for us, and He promises to come again to receive us to Himself. That is rapture talk! To those of us who have put our faith and trust in Him, He will take us to be where He is…and it will be before the time of the terrible tribulation on earth when God will pour out His wrath.
Yes, in this world we have trials, heartache and troubles, but we will not be subject to the wrath of God which will be poured out once the restrainer is removed! Hallelujah for that.
If you do not know Jesus personally, dear friend, please consider your future. Jesus has gone to prepare of place for YOU…but you must belong to Him in order to enter in. The alternative is death in hell, or the great tribulation on earth, followed by eternity in hell. Please join us in that place He has prepared.