What did you expect would happen?

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…
  

Matthew 28:18-20New International Version (NIV)
18 Then Jesus came to them and said, “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. 19 Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, 20 and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age.”

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