Indeed, the hour is coming when whoever kills you will think he is offering service to God.—John 16:2b
Beginning in Genesis and continuing through Revelation, God’s people have commonly faced opposition, persecution, and even death. For some reason, we are often surprised when this happens, but, in John 15 and 16, Jesus tells us this happens because the enemies of God also hate us, because they know neither the Father nor the Son.
Near the end of John 16, Jesus warns His disciples that they will all be scattered, each to their own homes. Then He assures them, “I have said these things to you that in Me you may have peace. In the world you will have tribulation. But take heart; I have overcome the world.”
Brothers and sisters in Christ—take heart! We can have peace in Him no matter what we face! Our Lord has overcome the world!