Commands of Christ: 90

Take courage.

“I have told you this so that you might have peace in me. In the world you will have trouble, but take courage, I have conquered the world.” John 16:33

Jesus gives this command in the context of instructing the eleven disciples about the near future when He would be tortured and killed and things would look dark and hopeless.  He was making it clear to them that God was in control, the future was bright, and that He was going to bring good out of apparent evil.  He was winning despite all appearances.  He wanted them to take the long view and allow that perspective to give them courage.  The same thing is true for each of us who follows Him.