“I have said these things to you, that in me you have peace. In the world you will have tribulation. But take heart; I have overcome the world.”
John 16:33 ESV
I’ve never lived through a time like this.
Coronavirus seems to have changed the world overnight. But today, Jesus’ promise in John 16:33 brings me to the brink of grateful tears. And I believe there are three simple things we can each hold on to today.
We can trust Jesus’ promises. He is the King of Kings and Lord of Lords. He is on the throne of the Universe right now.
Revelation 4 describes the scene of eternal worship in heaven. Powerful, angelic beings praising him. Twenty-four ancient elders casting their golden crowns at his feet.
My goodness—what a king we have in Jesus!
We can trust Jesus because he is faithful, true, and has all authority in heaven and on earth (Matthew 28:18).
Jesus makes good on his word.
Trusting Jesus doesn’t mean things will be easy peasy lemon breezy, though.
In fact, Jesus knew the disciples were about to have a majorly difficult time. He was about to be arrested, unjustly convicted of crimes he didn’t commit, and crucified.
The Twelve were about to feel scared, isolated, and alone. And their lives would be filled with more trouble still…
- Peter would be crucified.
- James would be executed by the sword.
- John would be boiled alive and then exiled.
- Matthew would be stabbed to death in Ethiopia.
- Andrew would be crucified in modern-day Russia.
- Thomas would be run through with the spears of four soldiers.
- Philip would be put to death by the Romans.
- Simon the Zealot would be killed in Persia after refusing to sacrifice to a sun god.
Trouble is a guarantee. Jesus doesn’t sugarcoat our sin-ruined world.
He says straight out, “In the world you will have tribulation…”
Because Jesus has overcome the world and all of its troubles.
Jesus tells the disciples to have hope, to reach down deep into their souls and grab onto the real foundation of their faith.
He doesn’t deal in fluffy promises or bait-and-switch lies. Jesus declares that he has conquered the place of pain. Bad things happen—but our good King stands in the gap for us between here and heaven.
Because of the hope we have in Jesus, we can give hope to others.
- How are you giving hope?
- How are you feeding faith?
- How are you walking with people through real trouble?
The Church shines in the darkest of hours.
Take heart my friends.
Trust Jesus, expect trouble, and give hope.
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Today’s devotion by Jordan Loftis, editor of Short Daily Devotions, bestselling author of Today We Win: A Simple System To Achieve What Matters Most, host of The Bible Better Podcast, and teaching pastor.