“But I have said these things to you, that when their hour comes, you may remember that I told them to you.”-John 16:4a
Christianity is a faith of the past, present, and future. Although we live our lives in the present, our remembrances of the past and our expectations about the future shape and inform how we live.
Jesus told his disciples that their futures could be painful and that they would be attacked and even killed for spreading his message. If they focused only on the possibility of pain, they might fail to love those right in front of them. Jesus told them not to forget what he had said. When we are able to see that our present circumstances are part of his unfolding plan, it allows us to move forward with boldness, courage, and love.
Jesus, you were clear about what your followers might experience. Teach me to live with the remembrance of your plan, confident that your Holy Spirit is with me in the pre-sent, and that regardless of what happens in the here and now, I have an unfailing hope of eternity with you. Amen.