HOST: Ron House
“I have said these things to you in figures of speech. The hour is coming when I will no longer speak to you in figures of speech but will tell you plainly about the Father. In that day you will ask in my name, and I do not say to you that I will ask the Father on your behalf; for the Father himself loves you, because you have loved me and have believed that I came from God. I came from the Father and have come into the world, and now I am leaving the world and going to the Father.” His disciples said, “Ah, now you are speaking plainly and not using figurative speech! Now we know that you know all things and do not need anyone to question you; this is why we believe that you came from God.” Jesus answered them, “Do you now believe? Behold, the hour is coming, indeed it has come, when you will be scattered, each to his own home, and will leave me alone. Yet I am not alone, for the Father is with me. I have said these things to you, that in me you may have peace. In the world you will have tribulation. But take heart; I have overcome the world.”
The final sentence of this reading offers a wonderful piece of encouragement and hope for all those who have committed their lives to Christ. Just a few hours after this statement is made, Jesus will be arrested, the apostles will scatter, and all will seem lost. But despite those events, Jesus wants them to know that He is not defeated. In fact, He has overcome. What seemed to be defeat was in fact God’s plan, and what seemed to end with His death would give way to eternal life through His resurrection. Yes, He had overcome. And because He has overcome, all those who follow Him can overcome as well. Despite lives marked with tribulation and trial, we have reason to be cheerful. Jesus has overcome and has given victory to His disciples. As those who have been bought with the precious blood of Christ, we can live lives of peace, joy, and hope, knowing that we have a Savior that has overcome and gained victory for Himself and for all who belong to Him.
How has Jesus overcoming the world affected your life?
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