Martyrdom of St. Ignatius of Antioch, Artist Unknown
JESUS reveals the reason for telling His disciples of coming tribulations:
The hour is coming, indeed it has come, when you will be scattered… I have said this to you, that in me you may have peace. (John 16:33)
However, one might legitimately ask, “How is knowing that a persecution may be coming supposed to bring me peace?” And Jesus answers:
In the world you will have tribulation; but be of good cheer, I have overcome the world. (John 16:33)
I have updated this writing which was first published June 25th, 2007.