Take Heart! ...
In John 16:33 we read, “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”(NKJV).
A quarter of 2022 will soon be behind us. As the world reels with uncertainty and chaos, we have a hope and a future that is secure. It is true that we may not know what tomorrow holds, but our tomorrows are in the Lord’s capable hands. He promised to never leave us nor forsake us (Matt. 28:20; Heb. 13:5). He also promised that in this world we would face tribulation. Yet, despite the persecution we could be facing, Jesus admonished, “Be of good cheer, for I have overcome the world.
The Bible Knowledge Commentary asserts, “Take heart! This means: “Be courageous.” (In the NT the word tharseō [“take heart, be courageous, cheer up”] was spoken only by the Lord [Matt. 9:2, 22; 14:27; Mark 6:50; 10:49; John 16:33; Acts 23:11].) Because He won they, in union with Him, can win also.” Ultimately, we win! That, however, does not mean we are guaranteed a life of ease. The Bible Exposition Commentary warns, “It is possible to have faith, understanding, and assurance and still fail the Lord. Unless we practice that faith, apply that understanding, and rest on that assurance, we will fail when the time of testing comes.”
It is important that we understand and prepare ourselves for whatever lies ahead. It is also beneficial to remember to enjoy the now. If, of course, the now is good. Be thankful and rehearse your blessings. Don’t let anxiety about tomorrow rob your peace today. Prior to these words of comfort and assurance, Jesus warned the disciples about His coming death and their desertion. It would shortly look like the world and the Devil had overcome Jesus. Juxtaposed, Christ, by His death, burial, and resurrection secured peace and victory for all who would believe in Him. So, be at peace and of good cheer!
He is risen…
-Pastor Gary Schlenz