31 “Do you now believe?” Jesus replied. 32 “A time is coming and in fact has come when you will be scattered, each to your own home. You will leave me all alone. Yet I am not alone, for my Father is with me.
33 “I have told you these things, so that in me you may have peace. In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world.”
Jesus re-iterates that there will be a time coming when they need to scatter. It’s clear to anyone reading this, that there was a sense of unease in the air. Something is coming. Jesus was preparing his followers. Knowing Judas is meeting with those wanting to kill Him, Jesus doesn’t close by equipping his followers for war or battle. His closing remarks of John 16 use the topsy turvy, counter-cultural teaching that we’re getting used to from Jesus.
Trouble’s coming…… get up and fight… NO!
Trouble’s coming…. I’ve told you all this so you can have peace.
Trouble’s coming….. take heart
Jesus’ teaching isn’t to react against trouble, it’s to respond with peace and heart!
Because ultimately. The world and it’s ruler has been defeated. Jesus has overcome the world
I’m not going to say too much about this today, but I ask you to take some time to:
Consider how you respond to trouble?
Consider the enormity of what Jesus means when he says I have overcome the world
I genuinely believe that consideration of Jesus overcoming the world should birth a torrent of adoration because of all that Jesus has done for us. As we get closer to Easter, rest in His peace and overflow in praise.