“And everything I’ve taught you is so that the peace which is in me will be in you and will give you great confidence as you rest in me. For in this unbelieving world you will experience trouble and sorrows, but you must be courageous, for I have conquered the world!” (John 16:33)
These words from Jesus to His disciples cause me to stop and reread this scripture over and over. Each time I focus on the words and say them out loud, peace comes. Ease comes. Deep breaths and a thankful heart comes.
Jesus came to this world to save us. To die on a cross and be risen again for us. To take back authority and give us the keys to victory. To give us a way to Heaven. All of this is true, and aren’t we thankful?! But here in John 16:33 we soak in the fullness of what was done for us.
Jesus didn’t just teach His disciples how to get into Heaven, Jesus taught His disciples how to get Heaven inside them while on earth.
We focus so often on salvation, which is vital, but we can miss the journey for the destination. Jesus didn’t just want us to get to Heaven, but to live full of Heaven here on earth.
What does it look like to have Heaven living inside of you? The answer is in John 16:33.
It is evident that Heaven abides in us as we live from His Peace, which produces our confidence and allows us to function from rest. When our faith is rooted in trust and rest in the Father, we will not experience trials as the world does. We will see the troubles and sorrows from the place of rest, confidently peaceful that our victory has already been determined in Jesus and therefore have courage in the face of any trial!
I have been through trials, just as you have. I know pain, loss, weariness, confusion, and sorrow. What is different about walking through trials as a believer of Christ is that we know the outcome does not dictate our destiny. We are secure because Jesus has taken away the power this world has to defeat us and has conquered defeat for us. We always win. Peace is not determined by us. Peace is resting in His victory.
I am praying that as the Christmas season is upon us, you are drawn to Jesus more than ever. Maybe you have identified more with defeat than peace this year… I pray you allow Jesus into those places of pain, to heal your disappointment and disillusionment. He has already defeated defeat itself, your hurts will not overwhelm Him.
Examine your soul, are you living from peace, confidence and rest in Him? If not, I pray you allow your heart to be remade into the fullness of His love! The world is hungry for cheer, for peace, for authentic rest. May we all live from Him, so we can reach them.