Jesus not only speaks about trouble in this world but also presents hope for both the future and for right now. Let’s take a look at what Jesus said.
Jesus presents a realistic view of trouble.
He said, “In this world you will have trouble.” (Jn. 16:33)
Jesus told the Father, “My prayer is not that you take them out of the world but that you protect them from the evil one.” (Jn. 17:15)
Jesus presents hope in the midst of trouble that should minister to our inner being.
He said, “But take heart! I have overcome the world.” (Jn. 16:33)
He also said, “Peace I leave with you; my peace I give you. I do not give to you as the world gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled and do not be afraid.” (Jn. 14:27)
Jesus presents a better future that should affect how we handle trouble today in this world.
He said, “Do not let your hearts be troubled. Trust in God; trust also in me. In my Father’s house are many rooms; if it were not so, I would have told you. I am going there to prepare a place for you.” (Jn. 14:1-2)
Order the Heaven Sounds Good About Now Discussion Guide for personal study, your small group, or adult Sunday School class. These studies challenge us to live NOW like we really believe what Jesus said. When we do, though trouble surrounds us, it can be well in our souls. Why? Because we are trusting in Him. Heaven is more than a future home! It is a hope that affects us now, in our present reality!
Heaven does sound good about now!
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