Be Prepared for What Is Coming

Read the Bible in a year chronologically by reading Matthew 20 today.
The mother of James and John approached Jesus with a request. He asked what she wanted. She wanted her two sons to sit at either side of Jesus in His kingdom. Here is what Jesus said, “You do not know what you ask. Are you able to drink the cup that I am about to drink, and be baptized with the baptism that I am baptized with?” They said to Him, “We are able” (Matthew 20:22).
The typical Christian does not experience suffering to the extent that the apostles did, but all Christians suffer for their faith. Jesus never promised a life free of persecution, but He was open and blunt that hard times will happen. He said to the brothers that they did not know what they were asking. Then He asked the two men if they were able to endure what He was about to endure. They said that they were able.
My friends, Jesus wanted us to know that there is a rough road ahead, but He also wanted us to know that He is with us all the way. Therefore, do not let any kind of suffering surprise you, thinking that Christians should not suffer, because as Jesus indicated to the two brothers, even He was to suffer. If He was not exempt, why should we think that we are exempt?

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