Not a hair of your head will perish
Jesus told his disciples that a time was coming when they would be persecuted for their faithfulness to him: Luke 21:12-19. He made this promise, “Not a hair of your head will perish.”
This is a wonderful promise but it seems to contradict what Jesus said immediately before.
You will be delivered up even by parents and brothers and relatives and friends, and some of you they will put to death. You will be hated by all for my name’s sake. But not a hair of your head will perish.
Jesus told the disciples many of them would be put to death and immediately after promised that they would suffer no harm. How can these two statements be reconciled?
Perhaps this will help us understand.
If then you have been raised with Christ, seek the things that are above, where Christ is, seated at the right hand of God. Set your minds on things that are above, not on things that are on earth. For you have died, and your life is hidden with Christ in God. When Christ who is your life appears, then you also will appear with him in glory.
We live in time. At each moment of our lives we are aware only of what we are experiencing at that time. We can remember our past but we have no knowledge of our future. God isn’t restricted to one instant of time the way we are. He sees our past, present, and future simultaneously.
Jesus is both God and man, and during his incarnation he had the ability to see things from God’s perspective. When he told the disciples some of them would be killed he was describing their present situation. When he told them that not a hair of their heads would perish he was describing what they would experience after their resurrection from death. During our present life we can suffer many bad things, including death. When we are resurrected all the effects of our suffering will be gone. It will be as if we had never suffered at all. Remembering this fact will make it easier for us to endure the evil we are called on to experience now.