Jesus was always concerned with what would come after HIS ministry and mission on earth. He is always preparing the disciples for the future. He teaches them what he wants them to say, do, and practice. He gives them values they would live. He explains how the Spirit would work and empower them. He sends them out to practice preaching and healing, using the grace Jesus was teaching them. He also shows them just how difficult and controversial his message would be. He warns them that the message and ministry would sometimes not be well received. Jesus’ foremost concern was the Kingdom of God and how it would exist on earth. God’s kingdom is often at odds with our worldly Kingdoms. What do you do when the Christian message is controversial or at odds with what we hear in the media or see on the world’s stages?