Devotions

Disciples Believe The Promise Of Christ

Written by Rev (Dr) Prabhudas Koshy Monday, 20 February 2017

Print

READ:

John 16:28-33

28 I came forth from the Father, and am come into the world: again, I leave the world, and go to the Father. 29 His disciples said unto him, Lo, now speakest thou plainly, and speakest no proverb. 30 Now are we sure that thou knowest all things, and needest not that any man should ask thee: by this we believe that thou camest forth from God. 31 Jesus answered them, Do ye now believe? 32 Behold, the hour cometh, yea, is now come, that ye shall be scattered, every man to his own, and shall leave me alone: and yet I am not alone, because the Father is with me. 33 These things I have spoken unto you, that in me ye might have peace. In the world ye shall have tribulation: but be of good cheer; I have overcome the world.

Romans 8:37

37 Nay, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him that loved us.

EXHORTATION:

The disciples perceived the essence of the Lord’s sayings and confessed their joy in hearing all that He said (vv.29-30).

Jesus answered them, “Do ye now believe?” Spiritual understanding comes only when faith is exercised. No faith, no spiritual perception! No faith, no joy! No faith, no hope!

Faith in Jesus’ words turns our sorrows into joy. Faith in Jesus’ promises is most needful during persecution and struggles that we may receive His promised wisdom and joy through the Holy Spirit.

Once again the Lord attempted to affirm all that He had already spoken to them about their sorrow turning into joy. So He uttered these words “These things I have spoken unto you, that in me ye might have peace. In the world ye shall have tribulation: but be of good cheer; I have overcome the world”(v. 33).

When Christ would ascend to heaven, the disciples would remain in this hostile world. The world system, the enemy of God and His people, would oppose Jesus’ servants and their preaching. But Jesus won the victory over the system; He has overcome the world. As the “strong man” who came and ruined Satan’s kingdom (Matt. 12:25-29), Jesus is the Victor. Never was there such a conqueror of the world as Christ. We ought to be encouraged by this. So He tells His servants to “Be of good cheer.” The Greek word, tharseite, can mean “take heart,” or “be courageous,” or “cheer up.

THOUGHT:

Christ overcame the world, so we must pursue our spiritual victories by constantly trusting our triumphant Lord and His promises.

PRAYER:

Thank You, Lord, for the prospect of victory over the world.