Reading the Word
John 16:29–33 (ESV)
29 His disciples said, “Ah, now you are speaking plainly and not using figurative speech! 30 Now we know that you know all things and do not need anyone to question you; this is why we believe that you came from God.” 31 Jesus answered them, “Do you now believe? 32 Behold, the hour is coming, indeed it has come, when you will be scattered, each to his own home, and will leave me alone. Yet I am not alone, for the Father is with me. 33 I have said these things to you, that in me you may have peace. In the world you will have tribulation. But take heart; I have overcome the world.”
Understanding and Applying the Word
The disciples finally thought they were fully understanding Jesus as they called out, “Ah, now you are speaking plainly and not using figurative speech!” Much of what Jesus had been saying had gone over their heads. Even here, Jesus made it clear that they were still only partially understanding. “Do you now believe,” Jesus asked? The disciples still lacked full understanding of what was coming and it would cause them to desert Jesus and scatter in fear in only a few hours. Jesus once again spoke to encourage them by telling them that they could take heart knowing that Jesus had overcome the world.
Satan is at war with God’s people. Scripture tells us that we are in a spiritual war (Ephesians 6:10-12). However, Jesus Christ has already defeated Satan and his demons. The crucifixion and resurrection were the decisive blows. Christians may face ongoing troubles in this world, but we know that these times are short and that the end is already decided. Christ is the risen and conquering King and his kingdom is forever. We can take heart because our King has overcome the world.
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