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VICTORY

November 17, 2015

Tuesday

 

John 16:33

 

These things I have spoken unto you, that in me ye might have peace. In the world ye shall have tribulation: but be of good cheer; I have overcome the world.

 

 

LESSON

 

The ultimate reason for Jesus’ revelations about His departure, as far as His immediate disciples were concerned, was that they might experience “peace” in their relationship with Him. “In Me” probably alludes back to the vine-and-branches intimacy that Jesus revealed in chapter 15. Their relationship with “the world” would result in turmoil because of the opposition that would come against them from unbelievers. However, the proof that the “peace” that Jesus would give them would “overcome” the turmoil that the world would create, was Jesus’ victory over “the world” on the cross, through His death. This was probably another statement that the disciples did not understand immediately.

 

Jesus was the great encourager. The Holy Spirit continues His ministry in us today. The tension that the victory of Christ and the opposition of the world pose for the Christian is not one that we can escape in this life. Despite this, it is still possible for us to be more peaceful than distressed, as we appropriate and believe the promise that Jesus has already won the victory.

 

Memory Verse: Proverbs 11:4

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