Become Peacefully Courageous (John 16:25-33)Chris Larson, June 3, 2012
Part of the Become series, preached at a Sunday Morning service
Courage is a word we don't use very much, but its certainly a character quality that most of us would desire. In a world full of troubles and sorrow, our faith can be shaken and courage can be a pipe dream best left to heroes and super-humans. As Christ is about to face his darkest day, and arguably the darkest day of all time, he is busy looking out for his followers- then and now. The men who were with him in that upper room and long walk to the garden and us, his followers centuries later. He's not wallowing in his own grief or quaking in his sandals- he's passing out encouragement to be brave because of God's peace, not matter what may come. Will I be courageous? Will you?
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25These things have I spoken unto you in proverbs: but the time cometh, when I shall no more speak unto you in proverbs, but I shall shew you plainly of the Father. 26At that day ye shall ask in my name: and I say not unto you, that I will pray the Father for you: 27For the Father himself loveth you, because ye have loved me, and have believed that I came out from God. 28I came forth from the Father, and am come into the world: again, I leave the world, and go to the Father. 29His disciples said unto him, Lo, now speakest thou plainly, and speakest no proverb. 30Now are we sure that thou knowest all things, and needest not that any man should ask thee: by this we believe that thou camest forth from God. 31Jesus answered them, Do ye now believe? 32Behold, the hour cometh, yea, is now come, that ye shall be scattered, every man to his own, and shall leave me alone: and yet I am not alone, because the Father is with me. 33These things I have spoken unto you, that in me ye might have peace. In the world ye shall have tribulation: but be of good cheer; I have overcome the world. (KJV)