Today’s verse reads: “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.”
In this chapter, Jesus is telling his disciples of all the problems the world will present them with. He is telling them of the things that will happen when he is gone. He lets them know that he has to go away for a while and they will be sorrowful while the world rejoices, but he will come once again and then no one will be able to take their joy away.
So, in the last verse of this chapter, verse 33, Jesus uses the word “things”. He did not just tell them one thing, he told them multiple things. This shows his level of care. He wanted to make sure that he prepared them well for when he was gone. He told them so that they would remember when these things came to pass. This brings me to my next point. Preparation brings peace.
Jesus told them these things so that they would be prepared and so that they would have peace. Have you ever taken a test that you did not study for? I bet you were worried before, during, and after the test. But when you take a test that you did study for, there is no stress and you can take it easy because you know that you are prepared for it. The Bible is our study guide for life. God has already done all the work for us, we just have to read the study guide and remember it when the time comes. With the preparation that Jesus gives, we can have peace. But notice that Jesus says “in me you may have peace.” Perfect peace only comes through God. Isaiah 26 verse 3 says,”Thou wilt keep him in Perfect Peace, whose mind is stayed on Thee: because he trusteth in Thee”. This lets us know that God controls perfect peace and it can only come through Him.
The next part of this verse guarantees that we will have tribulation in this world. Being a Christian does not mean that we will get to surpass suffering. In fact, it guarantees that we will experience it. But we have a hope named Jesus. He says that he has overcome the world. Overcome is past tense. We have nothing to worry about because Jesus has already won! Overcome also has the connotation of no going back. The world cannot take over again. Jesus’ victory is absolute.
So, what can we take away from this verse to help us in our daily lives? Well it’s simple. Read the Bible to learn. Remember what you have learned. Use the study guide that God gives us for free! Once you prepare in that way, you will gain God’s perfect peace that only He can give. Keep in mind that every Christian will have to go through tribulations. But keep the faith, because Jesus has already won.
Do better. Think better.. Be better.