John 16:33: 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.”
It seems that each time I read or listen to the news; I am constantly reminded of all the turmoil that is going on in our country and our world. We are exposed to so much violence and evil on a daily basis that it can cause us to become discouraged and even fearful of what is transpiring in our world. It is important to remember, that as followers of Christ, we have a choice. We can continue to allow the world that we live in to cause us to worry and become fearful, or we can remember that our Savior has already overcome the world and its many trials and tribulations.
Jesus warned his disciples of the many troubles they would face, as he talked about leaving this world and going back to the Father in heaven, after His resurrection. He warned them that they would face ridicule and suffer many tribulations because of their ministry in Christ’s name. He also promised them of a future time in which “no one will take away your joy” (John 16:22). Like the disciples, we remember and celebrate the resurrection of Jesus, as the sign that Christ has already defeated death, and the sin and evil of this world. This should be a daily reminder to us that no one in this world will ever take away our peace and our joy. Because of Christ’s redemptive work on the cross, we have the joy and peace of knowing that through belief in Christ, we have the promise of eternal life in our heavenly home.
As followers of Christ, we should begin each and every day in God’s word, as we remind ourselves of the truth that Christ has already overcome the world. God’s word can guide us through the many pitfalls and traps that this world sets for us as followers of Christ. This fallen world will never know complete peace until the second coming of Christ. However, as believers, we have the promise that absolutely nothing in this world can take away our joy that comes through the promise of salvation for those that believe in the name of Jesus the Christ. May the peace and joy of Jesus Christ be with you this day and every day!