John 16:33 – “These things I have spoken to you, so that in Me you may have peace. In the world you have tribulation, but take courage; I have overcome the world.” NASU
The Words of our Lord were never spoken frivolously or flippantly they were and are always deadly serious and have meaning. Jesus spent his earthly ministry preparing his disciples to take the ‘Gospel’ to the world and as he taught He taught with emphasis. He seems to always give a condition, an option, a solution, and a promise. I wonder how often we fail to grasp those four elements in His words!
He identifies the only true source of peace – HIMSELF. He is the ‘way, truth, and life’ and there is NO OTHER access to the Father but through Him. He is not one of the prophets but the SON OF GOD. He is not an accessory that you add to your religious life but the FOUNDATION of your life. He brings ‘shalom’ which is more than the absence of trouble, struggle and strife but an empowerment to walk in that security He brings. If peace is absent in your life there is an option you can turn to God who is the solution and the promise is PEACE.
He identifies that in the world there will be trouble – TRIBULATION. The world hates Him and as a result will hate us. False religions want to eradicate all who do not believe like they and reject the truth that JESUS is the way. If you are facing tribulation there is an option. You can try to go it alone and likely see the trials intensify or you can turn to God who is your solution and the promise is PEACE.
If you are discouraged or fearful there is an option. You can continue to cower in fear and try to find a place to hide or you can opt to run to Him and find that He will not only encourage but embolden your hearts and give you confidence to STAND and He brings PEACE. Remember who it is that we are talking about for He has OVERCOME THE WORLD. He has rendered powerless the powers of hell. He has given us authority over all the power of the enemy. [Luke 10:19]. We are no longer aliens but citizens of the Kingdom of God through the Blood of Jesus Christ and joint heirs with Jesus.
So if you want PEACE but are facing TRIBULATION and finding it difficult to exhibit COURAGE remember He has OVERCOME the world. So His promise is PEACE in the midst of TRIBULATION and the COURAGE to enforce the victory of Calvary!
God bless you as you go through this day!