be encouraged

“… be encouraged! I have conquered the world.” (John 16:33 CEB)

That’s what Jesus said …

… while Judas was literally on his way to sell him out.

… to his few remaining disciples, and they were utterly clueless at the time.

… not long before he would sweat blood while praying in the Garden for some other way but the way that would be.

… as he knew that within hours the world would jeer him, spit on him, beat him, whip him, crucify him, and kill him.

… in his characteristically selfless, putting others before himself, way.

… by faith in his Father, the same Father we have today.

Yes, be encouraged. Powerfully so. For he has conquered, he lives and rules, and will return.

“And this is the victory that has defeated the world: our faith.” (1 John 5:4b CEB)

Amen.