Recently I experience a day of sheer chaos! Literally, everything that could go wrong did go wrong! Nope I will not even attempt to bore you with the dreadful details of the happenings of that day; what I will tell you is that I allowed my circumstances to take a toll on me physically, mentally, emotionally, as well as a spiritually. To say it plainly, I stepped out of position (I promise you will understand what I mean later) and I allowed the stress of my circumstances to cause my emotions to fluctuate uncontrollably, until ultimately I allowed ALL of my “peace” to fly right out of the window. To top it off, my debilitating sense of “worry” caused a physical manifestation of a migraine to occur, which deposited me in my bed for forty-eight full hours!
Now I know that I am not the only person on the face of the earth that has ever experienced such a day…So please allow me to ask you, “Have you ever experienced a situation in your life that caused you to feel like your emotions were on a roller coaster ride?” You know… up a little, then down a little, and even topsy-turvy? Did it appear that instead of truly giving the matter to God instead you worried about it, until you too allowed your peace to fluctuate based on your circumstances?
Well, if you answered yes to any of those questions, then today’s lesson is indeed for you; just like it was and is still for me.
The Word of God teaches that there is a source of un-explainable peace from God, which is found through and in His Son Jesus Christ. Jesus has defeated absolutely ALL obstacles, which attempt to overwhelm us. Are you willing to believe that God wants you, personally, to live life in the excellent fashion which He has designed and desired? Well, it is true; He does! Are you ready to obtain this treasure for deliberate living? Good, then let’s eat of God’s Word together!
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.”
Through the inspiration of the Holy Spirit of God, John, the brother of James, one of the twelve disciples, the one whom the Scripture differentiates as, “that disciple whom Jesus loved,” pens our Saviour’s conversation with him and the other eleven disciples, regarding the location of certain peace regardless of all circumstances.
These things I have spoken to you
The beginning of Verse 33, of our observation Scripture should immediately incite a question within each of us that asks “What Things?” So let’s review in summary that which Jesus previously spoke to the twelve disciples in order that we may gain a full understanding of our Observation Scripture.
*Please note* – Although I have summarized the proceeding verses, I encourage you to take time to read in detail these verses for yourself found in: John 16:1-32.
John Chapter 16:
Verses 1-4: Jesus warned of pending persecutions.
Verses 5-14: Jesus shared that He must go away to The Father – and promised that He would send the Comforter, The Holy Spirit of God.
Verses 15-22: Jesus foretold His death and resurrection.
Verses 23-32: Jesus guaranteed The Father’s answers to the prayers of His Children.
Now, didn’t our performing that review help us to understand better the start of verse 33? Yes, you are right, it did. So I encourage each of you, to always perform this quick exercise when studying Scripture. Now are you ready to move forward with our lesson? Good!
Picking up with our Observation Scripture in verse 33, Our Saviour, now goes on to tell His disciples why He spoke such things:
That in Me you may have peace.
Our Wonderful Saviour was about to surrender His life and leave this world to return home to the Father until the pre-appointed time for His return. He plainly communicated many things. In this case Jesus told of the fixed position required for His disciples to have peace (completeness) despite all disturbances, which were certain to come. Notice with me how Jesus left no question as to whether there was an alternative position available to obtain peace (completeness); He boldly identified where the promise resided; In Him!
Isn’t that great news? We are plainly told that despite what comes against us, we have a promise of wholeness in Christ, leaving therefore no need for aimless searching!
The Greek word for peace is “Eirene”
The Hebrew word for peace is “Shalom”
The Baker’s Evangelical Dictionary of Biblical Theology– provides the following definition of Peace. In English, the word “peace” conjures up a passive picture, one showing an absence of civil disturbance or hostilities, or a personality free from internal and external strife. The biblical concept of peace is larger than that and rests heavily on the Hebrew root slm, which means “to be complete” or “to be sound.” as right relationship or harmony between two parties or people, often established by a covenant.
Numbers 6:24-26 24The LORD bless thee, and keep thee: 25The LORD make his face shine upon thee, and be gracious unto thee: 26The LORD lift up his countenance upon thee, and give thee peace.
Romans 5:1-5: Therefore, having been justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ, 2 through whom also we have access by faith into this grace in which we stand, and rejoice in hope of the glory of God. 3 And not only that, but we also glory in tribulations, knowing that tribulation produces perseverance; 4 and perseverance, character; and character, hope. 5 Now hope does not disappoint, because the love of God has been poured out in our hearts by the Holy Spirit who was given to us.
Treasure Point: For the Believer, those of us who have placed our lives under the Lordship of Christ, we have been given a Covenant of Peace which is sealed with Christ’s presence; when we are walking intimately with Him we can experience a condition of freedom from disturbance, inwardly, within our souls. Yes, Jesus desires that we have peace within despite the troubles that rage without!
In the world you will have tribulation;
After clarifying the magnificent gift that resides in Him; the gift of Peace, Jesus now spell out the gift that the world gives…Tribulation!
The world wants us to believe that there is equality to all, however our Saviour, left on record the correct expectation for all who choose to pick up their cross to follow Him. He states we will experience tribulation (suffering, difficulty, and trouble) in this world. By setting the proper expectation Jesus prepares us for the long journey and wishes to prevent our being disillusioned.
Truth: All followers of Christ will endure suffering for His Glory. Why you ask? Let’s obtain our answer from the bible:
1 Peter 4:12-13: 12 Beloved, think it not strange concerning the fiery trial among you, which cometh upon you to prove you, as though a strange thing happened unto you: 13 but insomuch as ye are partakers of Christ’s sufferings, rejoice; that at the revelation of his glory also ye may rejoice with exceeding joy. (ASV)
1 Peter 2:21-23: 21 For hereunto were ye called: because Christ also suffered for you, leaving you an example, that ye should follow his steps: 22 who did no sin, neither was guile found in his mouth: 23 who, when he was reviled, reviled not again; when he suffered threatened not; but committed himself to him that judgeth righteously: (ASV)
But be of good cheer, I have overcome the world.”
After clearly establishing that we are to expect tribulations, Christ then leaves a message of encouragement: But be of good cheer! Meaning: despite, and in the midst of tribulations, keep your joy in God!
Christ’s victory on Calvary’s Cross prevailed over all evil, (Satan, the children of Satan, and all forces, which stands against the things of God) and HE has disarmed the devil.
Because of Christ’s Triumph victory we should not be swayed by the tribulations of this world but instead “Be of good cheer,’’ because Jesus says to us, “I have overcome the world!”
Romans 8:36-37 – 36 As it is written: “For Your sake we are killed all day long; We are accounted as sheep for the slaughter.” 37 Yet in all these things we are more than conquerors through Him who loved us.
Treasure Point: Faith in Christ guarantees the believer in Him as victorious in this world.
Based on our lesson we have seen for ourselves that it is guaranteed that we (Believers) will experience difficult times in life. However, because of our Saviour’s completed work on the cross; we have cause to rejoice despite our circumstances.
We must remember that peace isn’t something that we can simply conjure up just because we want it; nor can it be found anywhere in this world; Peace is located ONLY in Christ! GET HIM, and GAIN the PROMISE!
Additional Memory Scriptures:
2 Thessalonians 3:16 – Now the Lord of peace himself give you peace always by all means. The Lord be with you all.
Isaiah 54:10 – For the mountains shall depart And the hills be removed, But My kindness shall not depart from you, Nor shall My covenant of peace be removed,” Says the Lord, who has mercy on you.
Romans 15:33 – Now the God of peace be with you all. Amen.