Jesus has just mentioned conflicts, catastrophes, trials, announcing that the end is near. But “before all this” there will be persecutions, on the part of the powerful of this world, towards those who claim Christ and openly confess his name. Painful realities that already exist when Luke writes his gospel, but which will concern Christians of all times, to varying degrees and in different forms. Even today, their faith can be ignored, mocked, confined to the private sphere, even banned and persecuted in some countries. To withstand these tribulations, predictable for the disciples of a crucified master, they will not be able to rely on human evidence and arguments. It is God himself who will give them “a language and a wisdom” adapted to this difficult situation, which will be at the same time an “occasion of witness”. Indeed, in the New Testament, it is the same Greek word, “delivered”, which designates the sufferings endured by Christ and the transmission of the Gospel. Jesus delivered, abandoned, rejected, crucified and thereby transmitted. Thus the Gospel is delivered as a Word ceaselessly betrayed, threatened, contested, a Word transmitted because it is definitively embodied in the human condition and its limits. But in the midst of these tribulations, the confidence, the hope, the perseverance of Christians, will be nourished by the benevolent promise of God. “Not a hair of your head, says Jesus, will be lost”.