How do you face pain? I remember when I was a kid, the worst words I could hear were “Just wait until your father gets home.”
What would you be thinking if you were facing death by torture tomorrow?
Let’s look at Jesus.
17 At this, some of his disciples said to one another, “What does he mean by saying, ‘In a little while you will see me no more, and then after a little while you will see me,’ and ‘Because I am going to the Father’?” 18 They kept asking, “What does he mean by ‘a little while’? We don’t understand what he is saying.”
19 Jesus saw that they wanted to ask him about this, so he said to them, “Are you asking one another what I meant when I said, ‘In a little while you will see me no more, and then after a little while you will see me’?
Illustration: Pain and Joy of Childbirth
A Mighty Fortress in Our God
Let goods and kindred go,
this mortal life also;
the body they may kill;
God's truth abideth still;
his kingdom is forever.
Example: Matthew 14:22-33. Jesus walking on the water and Peter coming to Him also walking on the water. “Be of good cheer. It is I; do not be afraid.” (vs. 27)
- Hebrews 10:34 : [ch. 13:3; Matt. 25:36; 2 Tim. 1:16]
- Hebrews 10:34 : See Matt. 5:12
- Hebrews 10:34 : 1 Pet. 1:4
- Hebrews 10:35 : ch. 2:2; 11:26
- Hebrews 10:36 : ch. 12:1-7; Luke 21:19; Rom. 2:7; 12:12; See Matt. 10:22
- Hebrews 10:36 : ch. 13:21; [1 John 2:17]
- Hebrews 10:36 : ch. 11:39
Matthew Henry: “The joy of the Lord will arm us against the assaults of our spiritual enemies and put our mouths out of taste for those pleasures with which the tempter baits his hooks.”
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