“Now I want to remind you, although you once fully knew it, that Jesus, who saved a people out of the land of Egypt, afterward destroyed those who did not believe. And the angels who did not stay within their own position of authority, but left their proper dwelling, he has kept in eternal chains under gloomy darkness until the judgment of the great day”

Jude 5,6

Remember, Jesus saved you out of Egypt. The person writing this is Jesus’s own relative. Identified as his brother, Jude was either Jesus’s half-brother or first cousin. In life, he rejected Jesus. But he then embraced Him and called Jesus “Lord.” Jude reminds us that it was Jesus who rescued the Israelites.

There are days when we are reminded of and confronted with evil in the world. On those days we need to remember Jesus is in control. He mourns with us, but he has plans we may not understand. Throughout time and history, however, Jesus has been with us.

Jesus rescued us out of Egypt and sought us as His people. He has kept angel “who did not stay within their own position of authority” in eternal chains and he will return for the day of judgment.

God is in control. Even in the chaos of the day there is a plan we do not see.

Do not take comfort in the world, but take comfort in Jesus. He holds us and loves us and will one day gather us. Just as he, in this world, was rejected, tortured, abused, and killed, we get no escape from the horrors of this world.

We have one thing that separates us from Jesus though. On that cross, Jesus was totally abandoned. “Why have you forsaken me,” he cried out. We never have to cry that. He will not forsake you or abandon you even in the darkness and evil of this world.

Remember, Jesus saved you out of Egypt and sought you as his people.