Take Heart - I Have Overcome The World
These verses conclude three chapters of instructions about what was about to take place. Finally the disciples were getting it. In fact they had just told him, “Now you are speaking clearly and without figures of speech” (v29)
It would only be a few more hours before he was taken and these would be his final words of instruction to them. He gave them a caution, a warning and a promise.
The caution is that they were to be aware of the work of the Holy Spirit and not suppress his work or hinder what he would do. Later the apostle Paul cautions us to not quench, or hinder, the Holy Spirit (1 Thessalonians 5:19).
The warning is that the world would hate them just as they had hated him. He warns them that if they will stay in the vine connected to him they would do well. He tells them that the world hates them because they have been born into another world and are no longer of this world.
Finally, he gives them a promise. “I have told you these things, so that in me you may have peace.” He cautioned and warned so that they would be prepared for the attacks which would come upon them. Jesus wanted them to remember that he had given them the Holy Spirit to comfort them.
Jesus was telling them that the way would not be easy, there would be much trouble along the way, but his peace would be with them and to always remember that he, the great example had overcome the world and they could to.
We face many trials and troubles in this life but we should take comfort from this passage remembering that because he lives in us we can endure all the world brings our way.
Prayer: Help me to ever remember that I can endure every trial because you have overcome the world. In Jesus name. Amen.
Principle: Jesus told those who followed him their path would not be easy, there would be much trouble along the way, but his peace would be with them and to always remember that he, the great example, had overcome the world and they could to.
Affirmation: The path has not been easy, but it has been very rewarding and the peace of God accompanies me on the journey. Christ has overcome and Christ is in me, therefore, I too will overcome.
Reflection: When Jesus was about to be taken and crucified he gave his disciples a caution, a warning and a promise. What were they and how were the disciples affected by them?
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