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John 16:33 (NKJV)
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.
History Behind The Verse
It is important to note whom Jesus is speaking to in this verse. In this chapter of John, Jesus is having a loving conversation with His disciples. He deeply cares for them and their welfare. Jesus knows that when His disciples see Him tortured and killed they will feel very confused. Jesus is aware of what is about to occur. Because His disciples are so dependent on Him leading them, they will scatter like frightened sheep when they witness His capture. To prepare them, Jesus is taking some time to reassure them. He is stressing to His disciples of God's (and our) ultimate victory in the end. Jesus knows that He is within hours of being tortured and killed, but He is more concerned about His friends' reaction to His leaving than to His own pain. This is so amazing! Jesus loves His disciples so very much!! He knows that within a few short hours these men will witness a horrible act of violence against their leader and companion. Jesus is speaking these words to them so that when this event does take place they can reflect back on His words and feel comfort.
Just as these men in the book of John were disciples, we are also Jesus' disciples today. The words that were spoken in this verse are just as relevant to us as they were the original group of 12. We are Jesus' disciples! We will sometimes be tempted to run! We mustn't! We are His apostles!!!! We will sometimes feel like we are defeated, but we are NOT!!
What exactly is a disciple?
The original word in the New Testament wasn't the word disciple, it was the word mathetes.
Part of Speech: Noun, Masculine Short Definition: a learner, disciple, pupil Definition: a learner, disciple, pupil.
mathētḗs (from math-, the "mental effort needed to think something through") – properly, a learner; a disciple, a follower of Christ who learns the doctrines of Scripture and the lifestyle they require; someone catechized with proper instruction from the Bible with its necessary follow-through (life-applications).
What is an apostle?
After Jesus was crucified, the disciples became known as apostles.
The word “disciple” refers to a learner or follower. The word “apostle” means “one who is sent out.” While Jesus was on earth, His twelve followers were called disciples. The twelve disciples followed Jesus Christ, learned from Him, and were trained by Him. After His resurrection and ascension, Jesus sent the disciples out to be His witnesses. They were then referred to as the twelve apostles.
What was the relationship like between Jesus and His disciples?
One thing we have learned from Jesus (the GREATEST teacher of all time) is this:
There can be no discipleship without relationship.
Jesus spent much of His time building a relationship with His disciples.
He truly desired a close, loving relationship with these men.
He desires the same with each of us today!!!
Peace: a stress-free state of security and calmness that comes when there’s no fighting or war, everything coexisting in perfect harmony and freedom.
Connection to Us
There is a peace that comes with knowing how something is going to end, especially if it is going to end happily. For Christians, we already KNOW how our life will end! Our life on the earth ends at the same moment that our NEW life in Heaven begins!! THIS IS DEFINITELY A HAPPY ENDING!!! Knowing the ending ahead of time should bring us deep and lasting peace.
As I was writing this devotion, I was reminded of my loving mother. She hates to feel worry. She also hates for anyone around her to feel worry. Because of this she will often read the ending of a book before she begins the first chapter, or she will ask someone about the final scene of a movie before she begins watching it. Knowing the outcome helps her to relax and enjoy the beauty of the story line without feeling the concern to figure out the end.
It is a family joke to not ask my mom a question about a movie unless you want to know the ending! Since she finds so much peace by knowing the end, she thinks that everyone in the family feels the same. There have been many family movie nights suddenly lose their intensity as mom shares the outcome with anyone within ear shot. She does this out of her deep love for us! As annoying as it sometimes can be, my mom is truly wanting us to feel PEACE!
Jesus in John 16:33 is doing the same as my mom! He is telling His disciples how His story will ultimately end. He wants to His disciples to have PEACE and not to feel WORRIED!!!! We will go through hard times. We will feel pain and suffering, but we already know how our story will end! There is PEACE in that!!!!