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.” John 16:33
Just reading that verse alone, I get a wonderful feeling knowing that Christ spoke those words to His disciples but made it applicable to us as well. What blows me away, however, is that when you look at the text you see that Christ is only a couple of chapters from His betrayal, rejection, and crucifixion…yet He says the words: I have overcome the world.
I don’t know about you, but reading those words brings so much peace to my heart. It’s so funny looking back. When you were a kid, you didn’t have a care in the world. Once you get older, you have all this added stress to sustain, decisions to make, bills to pay, etc. Obstacles just keep coming and piling higher than the last. Suddenly, the lackadaisical days of your youth have vanished, and you’re popping Ambien to drive away the insomnia that a warm glass of milk would have fixed when you were seven.
I’ve learned that the older you get, the more life weighs down on you. There’s more responsibility, greater consequences, and increased worry especially when people are depending on you. How do you deal with that? Do you just roll with the punches and wait to see how many teeth you have left? Do you just accept that all of this unrest and agitation as part of living and move on?
I don’t think so. Well, I definitely believe that this was never God’s original plan for us. Once sin entered the picture, our peace or relationship with God was shattered. From that point onwards, enmity was born among the animals, humans, and even nature. From there came slavery, wars, genocide…you name it. Then there are the “less atrocious” acts like adultery, deceit, and gossip. These are just a few examples off the top of my head, but I hope you get the picture. Bottom line: this world was so broken and tainted that restoration would be a miracle. Well, fortunately for us, we received two crazy miracles.
For to us a child is born, to us a son is given; and the government shall be upon his shoulder, and his name shall be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace. Isaiah 9:6
The first miracle was the human birth of the Son of God. The Eternal became historical! The Prince of Peace entered our world to bring restoration of our souls! He came to show us what we were missing. When Jesus died on the cross as our substitute, He was able to defeat sin and gave us the opportunity to have an intimate relationship with God once more. It doesn’t end there. When He rose again on the third day He defeated the other villain that no one could defeat: death.
As I’ve mentioned before our greatest hope is our home in heaven, eternal life with God. With this second miracle of resurrection, Christ brought us peace concerning physical death. What an incredible hope that we can latch onto! How do you receive this peace?
Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy and my burden is light. Matthew 11:28-29
May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing, so that by the power of the Holy Spirit you may abound in hope. Matthew 15:13
I can’t say it more clearly than the Word of God. Believe in the good news and accept the priceless gift of salvation that Christ has to offer. A new life in Him is so worth it. Yeah, you may have to carry great burdens and suffer, but the gift of peace that lulls the heart to calm and the mind to quiet is incomparable. No drug or glass of warm milk can come close to the peace that Jesus brings. Trust in Him. He will heal you and give you a peace that passes all understanding.