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Day 5 – Take Heart! He has Overcome the World

Friday, October 25th, 2013

John 16:16-33 (NIV)

Jesus went on to say, “In a little while you will see me no more, and then after a little while you will see me.”

At this, some of his disciples said to one another, “What does he mean by saying, ‘In a little while you will see me no more, and then after a little while you will see me,’ and ‘Because I am going to the Father’?” They kept asking, “What does he mean by ‘a little while’? We don’t understand what he is saying.”

Jesus saw that they wanted to ask him about this, so he said to them, “Are you asking one another what I meant when I said, ‘In a little while you will see me no more, and then after a little while you will see me’? Very truly I tell you, you will weep and mourn while the world rejoices. You will grieve, but your grief will turn to joy. A woman giving birth to a child has pain because her time has come; but when her baby is born she forgets the anguish because of her joy that a child is born into the world. So with you: Now is your time of grief, but I will see you again and you will rejoice, and no one will take away your joy. In that day you will no longer ask me anything. Very truly I tell you, my Father will give you whatever you ask in my name. Until now you have not asked for anything in my name. Ask and you will receive, and your joy will be complete.

“Though I have been speaking figuratively, a time is coming when I will no longer use this kind of language but will tell you plainly about my Father. In that day you will ask in my name. I am not saying that I will ask the Father on your behalf. No, the Father himself loves you because you have loved me and have believed that I came from God. I came from the Father and entered the world; now I am leaving the world and going back to the Father.”

Then Jesus’ disciples said, “Now you are speaking clearly and without figures of speech. Now we can see that you know all things and that you do not even need to have anyone ask you questions. This makes us believe that you came from God.”

“Do you now believe?” Jesus replied. “A time is coming and in fact has come when you will be scattered, each to your own home. You will leave me all alone. Yet I am not alone, for my Father is with me.

“I have told you these things, so that in me you may have peace. In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world.”


As humans, we like to work with the here and now, with daily temporary things that we can see, touch and control.  In many ways, we want to be our own god.  But Jesus has shown us another way: to live in light of our future eternity with the Lord, led by the intangible, unseen and uncontrollable Holy Spirit.  God is God; we are not!  We decrease and Christ increases as we embrace God’s promises, which may seem unsure to us because they cannot be grasped, but are actually more certain than even what we see.  This world may topple, but the word of God can never be overthrown.

Responding to the Word:

Through the power of the resurrection, Jesus has overcome the world. The troubles of this world will fall away, but we will rejoice in eternity with the Lord.  Let’s thank God for the peace that he gives us in the midst of trouble and take heart that like Jesus, we are never alone, for our Father is with us.

Day 4 – Abounding Comfort

Thursday, October 24th, 2013

Day 3 – Welcoming this Way of Life

Wednesday, October 23rd, 2013

Day 2 – The Lowly and Needy

Tuesday, October 22nd, 2013

Day 1 – Forged to be Useful

Monday, October 21st, 2013