Jesus continued teaching his students, preparing them to be sent out as his witnesses (98):
Be aware that men will arrest you & take you to court, and they will even beat you in the synagogues.
You will be brought to trial before rulers & kings. But these will become opportunities to tell God’s good news to both Jews and non-Jews!
When they bring you to trial, don’t worry about what to say or how to say it; when the time comes, the Spirit of God will give you the right words to say.
Because of your testimony, everyone will be convicted about their rebellion against me. People will hate this so much that some of your own family members will hand you over to be put to death! But in the midst of all this hatred & persecution, whoever stands with me to the end will be saved.
When they persecute you in one town, move on to another one. There will always be plenty of towns that need your witness, even until I return!
No student is greater than his teacher; no slave is greater than his master. It is enough simply to become like me, in your love for God.
Jesus, please help me to love becoming more like You.