For God loved the world so much that he gave his one and only Son, so that everyone who believes in him will not perish but have eternal life.~John 3:16
Reading through when Jesus knew His time was coming to an end on earth, is full of encouragement. He prayed for us, He showed us how to live, He lived perfectly and made a way for us to live with Him forever.
Before Jesus left the earth He served the disciples, His friends, humbled himself before them, showing love by washing their feet.(John 13:1-17) Serving others humbles us and not only blesses others, but blesses us too. I have experienced this many times over, but it does take self-sacrifice and relying on God fully, it is not something I could do myself. That is the thing about being a part of God's family, you have the Holy Spirit working in you to transform you and mold you into the imagine of Jesus.
Jesus said to the disciples~ "I have told you all this so that you may have peace in me. Here on earth you will have many trials and sorrows. But take heart, because I have overcome the world.”~John 16:33 To me that is reassuring, Jesus knew the things that we would endure. Oh how He cared by preparing and encouraging them and us!
Then he shared truth and encouragement with the disciples. Asking protection for them from the evil one and made them holy by sanctification. (John 17: 6-19)
Trust Him, Believe Him, and let Him transform you into the person He made you to be!
reposted from http://www.treasuring-christ.org