They shall put you out of the synagogues: yea, the time comes, that whosoever kills you will think that he does God service. And these things will they do unto you because they have not known the Father, nor me. But these things have I told you, that when the time shall come, all of you may remember that I told you of them. And these things I said not unto you at the beginning, because I was with you.
By giving his disciples notice of trouble, our Lord Jesus designed that the terror might not be a surprise to them. It is possible for those who are real enemies to God’s service to pretend zeal for it.
This does not lessen the persecutors’ sin; villains will never be changed by putting the name of God to them. As Jesus in his sufferings, so his followers in theirs, should look to the fulfilling of Scripture.
He did not tell them sooner because he was with them to teach, guide, and comfort them; they needed not then this promise of the Holy Spirit’s presence.
It will silence us to ask, Whence troubles come? It will satisfy us to ask, Whither go they? For we know they work for good. It is the common fault and folly of melancholy Christians to look only on the dark side of the cloud and to turn a deaf ear to the voice of joy and gladness.
That which filled the disciples’ hearts with sorrow was too great affection for this present life. Nothing more hinders our joy in God than the love of the world and the sorrow of the world which comes from it.
Remember, these messages are given by a humble servant obedient to our Lord Yeshua as a “Watchman.” This, I pray for all. ”Our Heavenly Father brings us to the river which bringeth forth fruit so we may partake of its sustenance and be filled spiritually with nurturing wisdom, and humble dedication in service to Yeshua.“ “Blessings to All.” As you go forward in peace, knowledge, and strength. In the name of Yeshua, we pray Amen and Amen.