If you read John chapters 14-16 you will discover Jesus saying what it was going to be like for his followers:
The world will hate you.
They will persecute you.
They will put you out of the synagogue.
They will think that killing you is a service to God.
And he told us right where he would be:
I will be with you always…
I was thinking just this morning of the coming Advent Season (the four Sundays before Christmas), when we will read that Jesus is Emmanuel — God with us. (Matthew 1:23)
We press on through the valley of the shadow of death but we don’t press on alone…