NOW AND FOREVER
As the New Year begins, many people are looking ahead with a measure of trepidation to what lies ahead for them and their families and friends, as well as for the world in general. It’s comforting to know that whatever the future holds and whatever problems or hardships you may face, Jesus wants to help you through them. If you have received Him as your Savior, you can count on His extra special care.
I’ve found that some of the most moving passages in the Gospels are in John chapters 14 through 17. Jesus was spending time with His closest followers, talking with them, teaching them, praying for them, and encouraging them—preparing them for the fact that He would soon be leaving this physical realm, and explaining that His Spirit would continue to always be with them.
He reminded them that He was their passage to heaven, and that
He would prepare a place for them there. He promised to answer their
2 prayers. He told them about the
Holy Spirit. He promised them
4 supernatural peace.
He taught them the importance of remaining close to Him in spirit in order to have the kind of life He wanted for them. He called them
His friends. He challenged them
7 to share His love and truth with others, and promised to reward them for doing so by answering their prayers and working through them. He promised grace and
8 peace through tribulation, and confidently proclaimed that He had overcome the world9—“the world” meaning the godlessness that prevails in this temporal world.
Then He prayed for His disciples. “Father, I do not pray that You should take them out of the world, but that You should keep them from the evil one [the devil]. They are not of the world, just as I am not of the world. Sanctify them by Your truth. Your word is truth. As You sent Me into the world, I also have sent them into the world.”
It’s not easy to live in the world and not be tossed about by the “waves” of this world’s woes, but it is not impossible. The secret is to keep your eyes on Jesus, “the author and finisher of our faith,” and to trust
Him to keep you afloat.
He has promised to be with you now and forever, through thick and thin, and nothing can separate you
13 from His loving care.
14 1. See John 14:6. 2. See John 14:2–3. 3. See John 14:13–14. 4. See John 14:16,26. 5. See John 14:27. 6. See John 15:1,3–5. 7. See John 15:15. 8. See John 15:8,16. 9. See John 16:33. 10. John 17:15–18 11. Hebrews 12:2
12. See Matthew 14:25–31. 13. See Hebrews 13:5.
14. See Romans 8:37–39.