September 1, 2008
"Be Of Good Cheer"
by Sister Michele
September 1, 2008
Jesus says, "CHEER UP!!!”
Tharseo/Tharsei ..The word has been translated: “Be of Good Cheer” or “Be of Good Comfort” or “Be of Good Courage” or simply... “CHEER UP!”
According to Jesus, his disciples can and do have joy and peace while in this world. This is not to be mistaken with the joy and peace that the world gives:
John 14:27 Peace I leave you, my peace I give you, not just as the world gives do I give to you. Let your heart not be being troubled, neither let it be being cowardly.
Jesus offers us something that is eternal bound, while the world's offerings are only temporal. It is the joy and peace of Jesus that his disciples receive while in this world by seeking the eternal happiness that unites one with the Father, the very source of Life!
The poor you have always with you (Matthew 26:11; Mark 14:7; John 12:8).
Do not think that I have come to bring peace on earth; I have not come to bring peace, but a sword (Matthew 10:34).
You will hear of wars and rumors of wars; see that you are not alarmed; for this must take place, but the end is not yet. For nation will rise against nation and kingdom against kingdom . . . (Matthew 24:6-7; Mark 13:7-8)
For I have come to set a man against his father, and a daughter against her mother, and a daughter-in -law against her mother -in -law; and a man's foes will be those of his own household (Matthew 10:35-36).
Brother will deliver up brother to death, and the father his child, and children will rise up against parents and have them put to death . . . (Matthew 10:21; Mark 13:12).
Then they will deliver you up to tribulation, and put you to death; and you will be hated by all nations for my name's sake. . . (Matthew 24:7-9).
Nation will rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom; there will be great earthquakes, and in various places famines and pestilences, and there will be terrors and great signs from heaven (Luke 21:10-11).
Disciples of Jesus are not immune to
tribulations in this world, in fact, he warned his disciples that they would
indeed have tribulation in this world...but that they should CHEER UP for he has
overcome the world! Jesus used the word Tharseo/Tharsei many times both
before and after his Resurrection:
Matthew 9:2 Behold, they brought to him a man who was paralyzed, lying on a bed. Jesus, seeing their faith, said to the paralytic, "Son, cheer up! Your sins are forgiven you."
Matthew 9:22 But Jesus, turning around and seeing her, said, "Daughter, cheer up! Your faith has made you well." And the woman was made well from that hour.
Matthew 14:27 But immediately Jesus spoke to them, saying "Cheer up! It is I! Don't be afraid."
Mark 6:50 for they all saw him, and were troubled. But he immediately spoke with them, and said to them, "Cheer up! It is I! Don't be afraid."
John 16:33 "I have told you these things, that in me you may have peace. In the world you have oppression; but cheer up! I have overcome the world."
JESUS HAS OVERCOME THE WORLD!
He is our way-shower, our pioneer, our Light, our Shepherd. He showed us how we, too, can overcome the world by doing the Will of the Father! In coming into the Truth, though we hate our lives in this world, we are still in the world, and we are given a peace that the world does not know and can never understand. When one chooses the Will of the Father, they will find PEACE, even in the midst of tribulations while in this world!
Again, Jesus says:
"I have told you these things, that in me you may have peace. In the world you have oppression; but cheer up! I have overcome the world."John 16:33
So when a disciple of Jesus is discouraged, persecuted, cast down, sad, lonely, afraid, and in the midst of tribulation...let that disciple hear the voice of Jesus calling him or her and saying: