Be of good cheer because Jesus has overcome the world

Sometimes we think about how Jesus was able to overcome, how He was victorious despite all the difficulties that have occurred and have yet to be. I have heard people say that for Jesus it was “easy” because He is God, but to think that way would be like taking away property and truth from the death of Christ, since He did not overcome the world being all spirit, but He did it being man.

The Bible teaches:

32 Behold, the hour cometh, yea, is now come, that ye shall be scattered, every man to his own, and shall leave me alone: and yet I am not alone, because the Father is with me.

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.

John 16:32-33 (KJV)

Jesus said these words to His disciples as the time of His crucifixion was approaching, the time when the Son of God would lay down His life to save us.

But, Jesus also wanted to make them understand that His death was not the end, that He would not stop being with them. Well, humanly the disciples were sad that Jesus would no longer be physically with them, instead, they received these words of consolation: “that in me ye might have peace.” And he continues: “In the world ye shall have tribulation: but be of good cheer; I have overcome the world.”

If there is something that should give us confidence, it is exactly this, that Jesus defeated the flesh in our own flesh, that He defeated the world and its desires, and He teaches us that we too can overcome the world and that despite difficulties, we can have peace in Him.

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