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Prophecy

The hour is coming, indeed it has come, when you will be scattered, each one to his home, and you will leave me alone. Yet I am not alone because the Father is with me. I have said this to you so that in me you may have peace. In the world, you face persecution, but take courage: I have conquered the world! John 16:32-33 NRSVUE

In 1900, a German chocolate company released 12 postcards predicting what life would be like in 100 years. So, how close were they to prophesying our life today?

  • Personal airships

  • Watching a live drama performance while not in the theater. (Like streaming to your TV or Personal Devices.)

  • An X-ray machine for police officers.

  • A roofed city.

  • Underwater ships for tourists.

  • Easy excursions to the North Pole.

  • A machine for creating good weather. (1)

We are now 123 years beyond those predictions, and except for streaming live performances, we have yet to achieve those prognostications.

Jesus had foreknowledge of how his ministry would unfold to fulfill what had been prophesied (Isaiah 53). On this day, Christ is proclaiming victory over what he has yet to face: arrest, rejection, torture, and the cross.

To the disciples, Jesus' message may have sounded as strange as those predictions made in 1900. In this intercourse, Jesus assures them though they will soon go their separate ways, he is not alone. He's never been, nor ever can be, alone because he is one in the Trinity; the Father and Holy Spirit accompany him.

Jesus also had foreknowledge of the trouble they would face. Yes, the typical, everyday trials of life, but more than that, they will face persecution for being followers of Christ. He doesn't sugarcoat what he knows, without a doubt, will happen, but he also promises them peace.

In his death, he atoned for our sins, but in his resurrection, we have hope. No matter what we face, we find assurance in Christ's guarantee of finding peace amid affliction and hardship. In Jesus' words, there is a prophecy that is the promise that we, too, may be conquerors.

Jesus, thank you for taking our sins to the cross and becoming victorious over death so that we may have peace. Through you, we can stand confidently in the faithfulness of your promise. Help us to spread the joy of our victories with others so that you may be glorified. Amen.

Blessings,

Pastor Tim

Pastor Tim



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