Jesus prepares his disciples for difficulties ahead, explains the ministry of the Holy Spirit and reminds us that he has overcome the world.
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We thank you that Jesus has come not only to save us but to overcome our enemy the devil. Thank you that we can have confidence that you are at work and have won the battle, even when we face various trials. Help us to remain strong in our faith and to never fall away as so many others have done.
We thank you for the work of the Holy Spirit within us and for the way he inspired the human authors of your word. We now ask you to help us fill our hearts and minds with the Bible and stay focused upon it, that we might continuously experience your peace.
And we pray this in Jesus’ name,
I have said these things to you, that in me you may have peace. In the world you will have tribulation. But take heart; I have overcome the world.
Have you ever found yourself watching a TV series and intentionally stepping back to gain perspective or restore your emotional balance? I do it all the time. What I mean is something like this. Here you are, watching a show and it’s Season 1 of 7. The story has taken a number of exciting turns and the tension is high. It looks for all practical purposes as if the main character has so way out. Surely he or she is going to die. But wait. It is, you remind yourself, Season 1 of 7. It cannot end that badly or there would not be seven seasons. There must be a way out, a fortuitous turn in the story. This is what we face in the world as followers of Christ.
In the world we will have tribulation. That’s a promise. We also know that Christ has overcome the world. His peace is ours. Come what may, our eternity with Jesus is secure. Hold onto him and regardless what happens it has to end well. Not even death can separate us from the love of Christ. By all accounts, death will be more of an entrance into ultimate, intimate fellowship with him.
Take heart, Christian believer. Your Savior, personal Sacrifice and Substitute has overcome the world. As a result in him we may have peace.