“These things I have spoken unto you, that in me ye might have peace. In the world ye shall have tribulation: but be of good cheer; I have overcome the world.” John 16.33
In John chapters 14-16, Jesus was giving His disciples some words of encouragement because He would be leaving them soon. You and I can take encouragement from these words as well. What do we learn from these words? (1) Jesus wants us to have peace while we live in this world. (2) The only thing this world has to offer us is tribulation. (3) Our response to the world must be one of good cheer. (4) The reason for us to follow His instructions is simple … He has overcome the world.
When we read that He wants us to have peace, and are not experiencing peace, we need to realize that the problem is on our side, not on God’s side. He WANTS us to have peace – it is clearly stated here. Next, we need to realize that the ONLY thing this world has to offer us is TRIBULATION. To expect anything else is to be disappointed every day. We must be aware of anything the world may offer us that SEEMS good, because we know there is a catch in there somewhere, because “in the world you WILL have tribulation.” The instruction to “be of good cheer” means that we are to take the Lord at His word – go ahead and CLAIM the good cheer that He has offered. It is there waiting for us to appropriate it. In order to be of good cheer, I must RELEASE my incessant desire to control everything.
Finally, Jesus says the words that we need to hear and apply to our lives today: “I HAVE overcome the world.” I can BE an overcomer because Jesus has already overcome the world FOR me. Folks, let’s not give in to the seductions of the world just because they are offered. Let’s believe the words of Jesus that He has “overcome the world” and live each day in the light of that glorious truth.