By Pastor Jeff,
John 16:32-33, “Behold, the hour cometh, yea, is now come, that ye shall be scattered, every man to his own, and shall leave me alone: and yet I am not alone, because the Father is with me. 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.”
Jesus spoke these words after He spent time explaining that He soon would be crucified, be buried and would be resurrected. Nice place to say “Be of good cheer” isn’t it? Let’s be clear, to us believers this world is not our home, amen! Unfortunately we are not immune to it’s suffering and pain which is a result of Adam choosing his way rather than God’s way some 6000 years ago. We all easily can find ourselves in mischief, trials, grief, sin, and yes as Jesus said, tribulations! It can really be a bummer, right?
So why should we be of good cheer? Jesus tells us in the very next words by telling us because “I have overcome the world” Thank you Jesus, even though this world is full of hate, misery, destruction, and as much as we don’t want to admit how it affects us, because of what Jesus did for us we can overcome it as well.
In every letter to the seven churches in Revelations chapter two and three he finishes by declaring, “He that overcometh…” God has put His Spirit in us to give us power to be able not to be entangled by this world and it’s enticement. Unfortunately we will have those who will not be able to overcome but that is not the choice Jesus wants for us, 1John 4:4, “Ye are of God, little children, and have overcome them: because greater is he that is in you, than he that is in the world.” Put your trust and life in the Hands of the one who declared, “Be of good cheer, I have overcome the world”
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