"I've told you these things to prepare you for rough times ahead.
They are going to throw you out of the meeting places. There will even come a time when anyone who kills you will think he's doing God a favor.
They will do these things because they never really understood the Father.
I've told you these things so that when the time comes and they start in on you, you'll be well-warned and ready for them.
But now I am on my way to the One who sent me. Not one of you has asked, 'Where are you going?'
Instead, the longer I've talked, the sadder you've become.
Published by permission. Originally published by NavPress in English as THE MESSAGE: The Bible in Contemporary Language copyright 2002 by Eugene Peterson. All rights reserved. (The Message Bible Online)