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Friday, June 1, 2018

John 16:33

These things I have spoken to you, that in Me you may have peace. In the world you will have tribulation; but be of good cheer, I have overcome the world.
John 16:33

This is the closing summary statement for all of the counseling that Jesus gave to His disciples the night before His crucifixion. John painstakingly recorded four chapters of events and words on that fateful night that would end in Jesus' betrayal. These are obviously very important words both for the disciples and for us.

So when Jesus said "These things," He refers to all of His words that night. They revealed that Jesus was fully aware of both the betrayal of Judas and the betrayal of Peter. These words disclosed that they would soon receive a powerful resource—the Helper, the Spirit of Truth—which would be better than His physical presence, for He would abide with them forever.

He also spoke to them of a totally new kind of prayer—to the Father in Jesus' name—that was to be a powerful testimony of God's glory and that would bring them great joy. Prayer was to be the means by which they would receive everything they needed, from daily sustenance to miraculous divine intervention.

His summary statement reveals that they could have authentic peace in the middle of the tribulation that would soon be upon them—miraculous peace, despite the danger they would be in shortly. He is the foundation of all peace— "In Me you shall have peace." The words "be of good cheer" literally mean "take courage." Therefore, Jesus was the source of both the peace and the courage they would need. And it is also true today. In the troubles you face right now, "let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid."

Tom Day



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