John 16:33

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What Jesus Says

Read John 16:33
“I have some bad news and some good news, which one do you want to hear first?” We’ve all had a conversation where we are either bringing the news or hearing it, and for some reason, a lot of us like to pick the bad news first. Jesus must have known this because in this verse he states a couple truths. First, the bad news:

            In this world you will have trouble.
In a weird way, this is kind of comforting yet kind of discouraging. It is not abnormal for you to be experiencing a difficulty, a hard circumstance, a lingering burden. That is actually quite normal. We are never promised that life will be easy and having a relationship with Jesus doesn’t mean life will be any easier.

So, don’t be surprised when a trial comes your way. Know that you’re not alone, and take comfort knowing you have a Savior who personally lived through a life full of trouble here on earth. The trouble was so severe that it ended up costing him his life, yet this brings us to the good news:

            But take heart! I have overcome the world.
Death could not hold Jesus. When he rose from the grave, he won the battle over sin and death once and for all, so take heart! The pain and trouble we face in the here and now won’t even compare to the promise of eternity. Jesus is directing our gaze to be fixed upon him, to the hope he offers to all who believe in his name.

Now, this doesn’t mean that we should ignore our pain and numb our emotions to the wrongs we see and feel. We need to grieve. We need to take time to acknowledge what we are going through and be able to share the burden of those around us who are hurting too.

Amidst being real, let us not forget. Remember Jesus. Be incredibly encouraged by the fact that he has overcome the world. Let your heart rest in that truth today.

Meditate on Romans 8:14-39 for further encouragement.
Garrett Crown | Student Ministries Associate

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