EXPERIENCE PEACE IN A TRIBULATION WORLD
JESUS declared in John 16:33: “These things I have spoken to you, that in Me you may have peace. In the world you will have tribulation, but be of good cheer, I have overcome the world.”
JESUS knows that one of the greatest needs of the human soul is peace. Why? It is so absent - so elusive. In many respects, life is stress-filled. Everywhere you turn. Everywhere you go.
JESUS declares only “in Me” you can have peace. Authentic peace is only found in JESUS. The world’s formula for peace doesn’t work. The world says
1. Sign a peace document and you will have peace. Yet our world is always in turmoil.
2. Get away from your stress. Take a weekend off. Yet you return to the same problems that continue to cause you stress.
The world has no remedy for your stress:
· The problems you face;
· The difficulties you encounter;
· The tragedies you experience;
· The heart aches you suffer;
· The challenges you undergo.
But JESUS has a remedy for your stress - Himself. “In Me you may have peace.” A T Pierson once said: “The peace of GOD is that eternal calm which lies far too deep in the praying, trusting soul to be reached by any external circumstances.”
JESUS warns us in John 16:33, “In the world you will have tribulation.” Why is JESUS’ peace essential? You are going to encounter all kinds of problems and difficulties in this world. Paul wrote in Acts 14:22: “We must through many tribulation enter the Kingdom of GOD.”
What types of trials do we face?
· Failing health
· Job termination
· Unexpected death of a family member or close friend
· Financial problems
· Physical, sexual, or emotional abuse
· Wayward son or daughter
· Auto accident
Life is filled with trials. Talk to people. Watch the news. Read the news online or in print. We need this lasting peace that JESUS gives because the trials of this world can be overwhelming.
JESUS concludes verse 33: “…but be of good cheer, I have overcome the world.” In the midst of our trials, we can use some encouragement. Life at times seems filled with bad news. So, JESUS says, “cheer up.” How can we “cheer up?” JESUS gives us the answer: “I have overcome the world.” Why should we cheer up? JESUS has conquered what is trying to overrun us - the world. Expositor’s Bible Commentary says:
“His (JESUS’) triumph, like His peace, is shared by His people. The ‘victory that overcomes the world,’ it is affirmed in I John 5:4f, is ‘our faith’ - the faith that ‘believes that JESUS is the Son of GOD.’ It is this faith that unites His people to Him, so that His victory becomes theirs also."
In a world filled with tribulation, JESUS is the only giver of lasting peace.