“I have told you all this so that you may have peace in me. Here on earth you will have many trials and sorrows. But take heart, because I have overcome the world.”
Jesus summed up all he had told them this night, tying together themes from 14:27-29; 16:1-4; and 16:9-11. With these words, he told his disciples to take courage. In spite of the inevitable struggles they would face, they would not be alone. Jesus does not abandon us to our struggles either. If we remember that the ultimate victory has already been won, we can claim the peace of Christ in the most troublesome times.
But take heart, because I have overcome the world: “Such a saying as this is worthy to be carried from Rome to Jerusalem on one’s knees” (Martin Luther). Jesus’ final words did not chastise but brought comfort. Jesus promised peace (14:27) and joy (16:20, 22). Now he added that his disciples can discover peace even when surrounded by threats; they can be tranquil despite those who are hostile to their faith.
Have you ever wondered why the Bible was written? Well, inspired by God it’s our handbook to life. The first part (Old Testament) includes the Ten Commandments engraved in stone, God’s word to us.
So above in this scripture, Jesus is speaking to His disciples. This is the written Word the Bible. So it is meant for us as well – Jesus’s instruction is to us. And Jesus is very clear here that if we follow His teachings, we will have peace in Him, Jesus. He talks about trials and sorrow in the world, yet if you trust in Him, you have overcome the world because He overcame the world for you.
Since I have accepted Jesus as my Lord and saviour, the peace that has overcome me is insane. I can’t keep myself from expressing gratitude for that peace. I have had everything in my life. Only now after excepting Jesus, have I peace. What’s more eternal life. Just like the commentator says, we can discover peace even if the threats of life surround us.
So consider this if you dress yourself with knowledge of the Bible and promise of Jesus, how easy will it be to overcome the daily challenges we face. Even those in the workplace. These lessons of diligence and commitment are all there in the Bible. Just like I said yesterday – rely on God.
“ Lord make me stay in Your word. More of You. Peace and blessing will be there. In Jesus name. Amen.”