If anyone is ashamed of me and my words in the adulterous and sinful generation, the Son of Man will be ashamed of them when he comes in his Father’s glory with the holy angels. Mark 8:38
One fact about Jesus stands out clearly in this scripture: His unequaled trust. He has just spoken about his death on the cross, but nonetheless he is convinced of triumph in the end. One thing that is clear as daylight is that when Jesus comes into his kingdom. He will be true to those who were true to him. Christianity is under pressure, and if anyone is ashamed to be known as a Christian under these circumstances, they cannot expect a place of honor in the kingdom of God.
In Jesus’ time Christianity had practically no future and some people did not expect it to survive long. In fact these pessimists had every reason to think like this. But what happened? Within thirty years Christianity spread over virtually all of Asia Minor. Antioch became the great Christian gathering place. It penetrated Egypt. Rome became the basis of Christianity. Greece was also evangelized. Christianity was unstoppable tide all over the world. So what Jesus had said was perfectly correct.
Something remarkable about Jesus was that he never knew despair. In the face of dead in the thought of people, in the face of opposition, crucifixion, and death. Jesus never doubted God’s final victory. He was always sure that the things that looked impossible to human beings were possible for God.