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Twenty-two people in the Bible who had to be more patient than you: the disciples - 25 August 2023

By Xanthe Hancox

Bible text(s)

17Everyone will hate you because of me. 18But not a single hair from your heads will be lost. 19Stand firm, and you will save yourselves.

Luke 21:17-19GNBOpen in Bible reader

The journey of the disciples alongside Jesus was marked by moments of profound revelation, miraculous encounters, and testing trials. As they walked with the Messiah, their patience was consistently put to the test, moulding them into faithful followers of Christ.

The disciples’ patience was tested as they grappled with their own expectations of what the Messiah’s kingdom would look like. They struggled to comprehend the spiritual nature of his mission, often seeking positions of honour and prestige. But Jesus patiently guided them, teaching them the humility and sacrificial love that characterised his kingdom.

In Luke 21, Jesus warns his disciples about the challenges they would face as his followers. He told them that they would be hated and persecuted because of him. In the face of this adversity, Jesus encouraged them to stand firm and endure, for not a hair of their heads would perish. He assured them that their patient faith would lead to eternal victory.

Jesus wasn’t promising an exemption from suffering or a life untouched by trials. He was pointing his disciples to the eternal truth that transcends the temporal realm. His words remind us that our ultimate security is in God’s hands, and our souls are safeguarded by his promises.

The promise that “not a hair of your head will perish” is a declaration of the eternal nature of the relationship between Christ and his followers. It’s a promise rooted in the spiritual realm, where physical harm and trials cannot diminish the eternal significance of our faith.

Just as the disciples learned to stand firm and win life through patient endurance, we too can find strength in Christ’s promise that our patient faith will lead to eternal victory.

Prayer: Heavenly Father, teach us to embrace patient endurance in our own discipleship journey. May we stand firm in the face of opposition and hold fast to your promises. In Jesus’ name, we pray. Amen

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