Jesus overcame the world

When we come to Christ we are not entering a flower garden, rather, we are entering a place full of thorns where we need the strength of God to be able to overcome the different difficulties that come our way. This is not an easy path, but it is not an impossible one either, because our Christ has shown us that we can overcome, because He defeated the world and this is our hope: “If He overcame, we can overcome”.

Jesus, having a conversation with His disciples told them:

“I have told you these things, so that in me you may have peace. In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world.”

John 16:33

Before saying these words, Jesus refers to His disciples about how the Father has loved them and how the temporary sadness will become an eternal joy. The disciples had witnessed all the things that Jesus had gone through, all the problems He had had with the pharisees and the scribes, about how the world had hated Him for speaking about the truth of God.

What message could this give to the disciples? The central message of all this is that they would also be part of the message that both the pharisees and scribes hated and that this could create multiple consequences in their lives, such as death, constant suffering, vituperation and many other things. They had to prepare, because the moment would come where they would have to suffer for Christ, and that is why He tells them: “I have overcome the world”.

The apostle Paul also said something that can encourage us a lot:

For our light and momentary troubles are achieving for us an eternal glory that far outweighs them all.

2 Corinthians 4:17

This is exactly what Jesus was saying to his disciples, that they were going to suffer a lot, but that this would not be eternal, if not temporary, and that they had to be confident because He had overcome the world, and if they trusted in He, then they could also win.

Dear reader, our beloved Jesus was a man of flesh and blood like you and me, and yet the Bible reveals to us that He was able to overcome the world.

In our trials, in our difficulties and in this difficult pilgrimage where we walk above the thorns, God gives us enough strength to overcome the world. Do not fear, let’s have faith and trust in the only true God and I assure you that we will be victorious Christians before the world.

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4 comments on “Jesus overcame the world

  1. Jesus overcame the world
    In an spiritual way, we Christians surely would overcome the world if we were people of prayer and more dependant on Jesus. He, our Master, overcame scribes, pharisees and others in this world. We can overcome wicked people if we are joined to Christ, as the “vine shoot is joined to the vine”.

    Jesus overcame them by the power of his words, his miracles and his confidence in His Father, who is in Heaven: whom he always trusted, and with whom he daily had fellowship.

    We, Christians in the twenty-first century, in general, as it is known, are lukewarm people—as we can see in ourselves or when we talk with others. There are fervent Christians too, but:

    Have you ever seen any lukewarm Christian overcome the world? And when I say “the world”, I mean the society that we live in, which is controlled by its own Master, the Devil—and He, who truly exists, has a great power and furiously fights, like a terrible lion, against God’s people.
    The answer is: no, we can’t possibly see a lukewarm Christian overcome this work. Let’s not delude ourselves. Rather, it seems as if, by the influence of the world, it is Christians that are overcome by the world.

    Only if we are joined to Jesus, our Lord, as he said—in Him—we may have peace in spite of our troubles: and that’s because he has overcome the World.
    Indeed, He has done it:
    “I have told you these things, so that in me you may have peace. In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world.”
    John 16:33

    Yes, he has overcome the World. The Lord Jesus Christ did it; and, similarly, he overcome death by dying on the Cross; so he overcame sin and the Devil also.

    As a result of Christ’s victory and power, we also can resist trouble and attacks from the Devil and his angels, by God’s grace. And so we can achieve an exceeding weight of glory.
    By considering and remembering we are blessed already here (in this world), and by putting our eyes in Jesus—who has done the work—, that is, having our sight set on Heaven and expecting things which are not seen, that are eternal things
    (2 Corinthians 4:17-18)… we also, in that way, can make progress and overcome the world and the Devil.

    May the Lord God make us people of prayer, joined to Jesus: so that his peace may be in us. Because He, indeed, has overcome the World and we can do so too, in Him

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