31 For he taught his disciples, and said unto them, — The Son of man is delivered into the hands of men, and they shall kill him; and after that he is killed, he shall rise the third day.
33 These things I have spoken unto you, that in me ye might have peace. In the world ye shall have tribulation: but be of good cheer; I have overcome the world.
It’s a bold statement, one not without risks. If you’re talking to a two year old getting a shot it’s an easy one. The older we get, and the bigger the scenario, the more danger involved.
Yet, we have reassurance from The One who looked Calvary in the face, and told His Disciples just that. Christ wanted them to know, when He, who they had pinned all their hopes on, was dying, that they weren’t wrong.
While the crowds were still cheering, He was telling them that one day they would yell crucify. Before Matthew was confused, and Thomas didn’t understand, He wanted to brace them for that night.
The other reference, in John, was to their own crosses. He was saying that we would all face trials, and battles that would seek to scare us. It was then that Our Heavenly Father, who knows all and was headed to Calvary to conquer all, put His arm around us. He was saying, at times it will be more than scary, but it will be okay.
Ok comes, as near as they can find out, from an old phrase ‘oll korrect’, or all correct. This means that, no matter what the foe, the outcome will be all correct. Righteousness will defeat wrong, the good guys will win, and those who endure unto the end shall be saved.
Like that two year old, clutches his Mom and Dad’s hand, and fights back tears, so do we. The beautiful thing is, while the little one is scared, his parents are holding him. They’re watching, ready for any contingency. So is Our Heavenly Father, no matter what we face.
While we are flooded with tears, and face living nightmares, Our Father stands in front of us, His sword drawn. He holds us yes, but He also goes before us. Christ let every battle, and every warrior know that, when His children are in conflict, He is in the room.
So, I say again, no matter what crisis, disease, or heartbreak, it will be okay. These aren’t my words, they’re His, but like Paul I believe them. Before he ever faced the chopping block, Paul was convinced of them. The Lord Jesus had kept him through both stoning and shipwreck, and would see him from Earth to glory. He will do the same for us, trust Him, for it will be okay!
38 For I am persuaded, that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor principalities, nor powers, nor things present, nor things to come,
39 Nor height, nor depth, nor any other creature, shall be able to separate us from the love of God, which is in Christ Jesus our Lord.