As He was about to return to the Father’s side and leave the disciples behind, Jesus left them with a two-word advice: take heart. Take heart, for there will be sufferings and persecutions. Take heart, for your faith will be tested. Take heart, for, despite all these, you will overcome. Because I have overcome the world.
The same advice He gives us as we face this new year: take heart. The future may be uncertain—it may even be batted with struggles and challenges—but we can be assured: we WILL experience the new. New blessings, new promotions, new miracles, new breakthroughs, new beginnings. Because with Jesus Christ on our side, we will not lose, only overcome. Just as He had.