Do not let your heart be troubled; you believe in God, believe also in Me. There are many rooms in My Father’s house. If it were not so, I would have told you. I am going to prepare a place for you. And if I go to prepare a place for you, I will come again, and receive you to Myself, so that you may be where I am. And you know the way to where I am going. (John 14:1-4)
Dear friends, so much trouble is stirring up in the world: there are wars and rumors of wars; nations rising against nations; famines, pestilences, and earthquakes in various places; false teachers and false prophets are leading many astray; and the love of many is growing cold as a result of lawlessness (see Matthew 24:6-12). But do not lose heart! Those who endure to the end will be saved (see v. 13).
“Do not be fearful of those who kill the body, but are not able to kill the soul; rather, fear Him who is able to destroy both soul and body in hell” (Matthew 10:28). For “greater is He who is in you than he who is in the world” (1 John 4:4). Unbelievers may laugh us to scorn, saying that we believe in fairy tales. But soon they will meet their Maker. They will stand before the throne of God’s judgment; at the name of Jesus, every knee will bow, of those in heaven, and of those on earth, and of those under the earth. Every tongue will confess that Jesus is Lord, to the glory of God the Father (see Philippians 2:10-11).
Woe to you who are satisfied, for you will hunger! Woe to you who are laughing now, for you will mourn and weep! (Luke 6:25)
Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven. Blessed are those who mourn, for they will be comforted. Blessed are the meek, for they will inherit the earth. Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they will be satisfied. Blessed are the merciful, for they will obtain mercy. Blessed are the pure in heart, for they will see God. Blessed are the peacemakers, for they will be called children of God. Blessed are those who suffer persecution for living righteously, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven. Blessed are you when men revile you, and persecute you, and say all manner of evil against you falsely for My sake. Rejoice, and be exceedingly glad, for great is your reward in heaven, for likewise they persecuted the prophets who were before you. (Matthew 5:3-12)
Do not worry about the future, but rather occupy your thoughts with God’s promises: “Finally, brethren, whatever things are true, whatever things are honest, whatever things are just, whatever things are pure, whatever things are lovely, whatever things are of good reputation; if there be any virtue and anything praiseworthy, think about these things” (Philippians 4:8). “Let your thoughts be conformed to the thoughts of Jesus Christ” (Philippians 2:5).
Oh how He loves you! Do you know how much He loves you? You were worth dying for. Jesus gave His life for you. He purchased you with His own blood. Soon, He will come in the clouds of heaven to claim you, to take you away from this world of pain and suffering. He will usher you into His kingdom, where you will find love, peace, comfort, and joy everlasting. But you must not give up. No matter how hard it gets, don’t lose hope. Endure to the end!
My heart goes out to you, dear friends. I love you all, and want to meet you in the clouds of heaven, that we may be together with Jesus, forever and ever, in God’s kingdom. We will sit at the table that the Lord has prepared for us; we will sing songs of praise to His glory, and see our precious Savior, face to face. Our Father in heaven will embrace us, as we stand together in one place—a family in Christ. Nothing will ever separate us again. The cords of God’s love will bind us together for all eternity.
Come, Lord Jesus!