As Jesus approached the end of his time on earth, he knew that his disciples would be faced with challenges and difficulties. In John 16:33, Jesus says, “In this world you will have trouble. But take heart!
I have overcome the world.” So, how does Jesus comfort his disciples in the midst of their struggles? Let’s explore.
1. He assures them of his presence:
Jesus promises to always be with his disciples.
In Matthew 28:20, he says, “And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age.” This promise gives them strength and courage to face whatever comes their way.
2. He gives them peace:
In John 14:27, Jesus says, “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.” This peace is not temporary or fleeting like the world’s peace but a deep and abiding sense of calm that comes from knowing Jesus.
3. He comforts them with words:
Throughout the Gospels, we see Jesus speaking words of comfort and encouragement to his disciples. In John 14:1-4, he tells them about heaven and assures them that he will prepare a place for them there.
4. He reminds them of God’s love:
In John 15:9-10, Jesus says, “As the Father has loved me, so have I loved you.
Now remain in my love..I have told you this so that my joy may be in you and that your joy may be complete.” His reminder of God’s love is a source of hope and strength for his disciples.
- Jesus comforts his disciples by assuring them of his presence, giving them peace, comforting them with words, and reminding them of God’s love.
- As followers of Jesus today, we can also find comfort in these same things. We can trust that he is always with us, that his peace is available to us, and that he speaks words of comfort and encouragement to our hearts. And we can remember God’s great love for us, which gives us hope and joy even in the midst of trials.