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Take Heart (He has overcome the world)

March 8, 2011

My heart has been heavy since hearing about the death of 28-year-old pastor, Clint Dobson, who was killed in his church office last week. It happened about 30 min. away from where I live. Yesterday while I was walking my kids around campus of the seminary my husband attends, I kept thinking about Clint and the brevity of life.

As a believer in Christ living in a fallen world, I’m not guaranteed that good things will happen or that I will live to see the next day. This truth has humbled me and last night I was encouraged by Jesus’ words in John:

I have said these things to you, that in me you may have peace. In the world you will have trouble, but take heart, I have overcome the world. – John 16:33

Jesus’ body was about to be broken and his blood would be poured out for all the world to see, but he would soon defeat sin and death once and for all. He prepares the disciples ahead of time to take heart. His death and resurrection would change the world so much that they would have to scatter because their very lives would be in danger as followers of Christ.

John MacArthur says, “Through His impending death, He rendered the world’s opposition null and void. While the world continues to attack His people, such attacks fall harmlessly, for Christ’s victory has already accomplished a smashing defeat of the whole evil rebellious system.”

Trials, tribulation, pain and suffering would surely come the disciples’ way, but it would be okay because God had already won. Even though they would be scattered from persecution and other forms of evil, Jesus would be with them. Their hope was that they could persevere and endure until the end.

And this is our same hope today.

Although I wish we could, we can’t escape trouble in our lives and in this world. But we can trust that God has already overcome the world and will continue to overcome it. He isn’t sitting idle on his throne. He will bring justice in his perfect timing.

While my heart still breaks for Clint Dobson and his wife Laura and his family, I have found a peace knowing that he died faithfully serving the Lord and he’s finally where he was created to be, where pain and suffering does not exist.

4 Comments leave one →
  1. March 8, 2011 12:51 pm

    …”they would have to scatter because their very lives would be in danger as followers of Christ.”

    And it was in their scattering that the disciples took the Gospel to the world and the message of Jesus was shared as a result. God’s plan went forward as the disciples underwent the difficulties of being persecuted for their faith!

    This side of Heaven, none of us will understand why a young pastor would lose his physical life so tragically. I am saddened for his family. Yet I take heart knowing that God has a greater purpose for this death…I have to believe that God will do something amazing as a result.

    Will there be justice? Yes.
    Will God use this death so that someone far from Him will come to know Him? Yes, because the God we serve has a plan that we will not understand this side of Heaven.

    I agree with your closing statement, Samantha – Clint is now home, where I hope to be one day.

  2. March 8, 2011 1:46 pm

    It is so amazing that God was at work in the scattering and such persecution. It’s a great encouragement to us that, like you said, God has greater purposes.

    I know that really helps me when I just have a difficult time seeing it here on earth. And then it all goes back to trust…

    Thanks for those great thoughts Andy.

  3. March 8, 2011 1:48 pm

    and it’s interesting to note that without that scattering, how else would we have heard the gospel?

  4. Jesus loves you permalink
    March 12, 2011 8:18 pm

    This is an absolutely tragic loss.
    In the midst of questioning and grieving let’s heed the counsel of Jesus – that is, to keep believing. Keep asking your questions but always remember that Jesus is the answer. His way is the only way, His truth is the only truth. His life is the life to be inspired by.

    Keep believing in God. Yes, keep trusting in God Triune.
    Let’s recognize and praise God too that the true power is in love and forgiveness.
    Let’s refuse to let the darkness outshine the light. Let’s refuse to let the questions and the disillusionment outshine the answers, and let’s refuse to let these brutal crimes outshine the beauty of a life.

    Let’s look beyond this tragedy and lift our gaze and realize that God’s splendid gift of eternity is real. Let’s continue to praise almighty God that we can be redeemed by His gracious love. Hallelujah.

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