Lectionary Readings: Psalms 145, 104, Isaiah 25:1-9, Acts 4:13-31, John 16:16-33
Jesus went on to say, “In a little while you will see me no more, and then after a little while you will see me.” (John 16:16)
“I have told you these things, so that in me you may have peace. In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world.” (John 16:33).
Jesus was getting his disciples ready for the time when he would arrested and killed. He was trying to reassure them that all would be well. He wanted them to hang on until the dark times were over because he knew things would be breathtakingly better in a short time.
But John’s words are meant for the reader, too. He’s encouraging us, giving us hope to persevere when times are hard. If we hang on long enough, we experience better moments.
There are times when the strongest believer will wonder if God’s presence really exists. John the Baptist did. So did Peter.
It’s part of growing up.
But how do we hang on? Going back to the psalms mentioned above, they speak of praising God constantly. Everyday. That means when we feel bad or tired or discouraged, as well as happy, strong, and excited.
Praise keeps us on track. It keeps us in touch when we don’t feel in touch. And it keeps us ready for the moment Jesus appears again.