Monday, November 29, 2021
The apostle John records Jesus’ call to the disciples to look to Him for overcoming power.
John 16:33 [Jesus said] These things I have spoken to you, so that in Me you may have peace. In the world you have tribulation, but take courage; I have overcome the world. (NASB)
During the Christmas season it’s easy to become anxious and worry! Wouldn’t it be wonderful if the Savior would just tell us how to overcome such emotions? The good news is that He has done just that! When Jesus was just hours from being falsely arrested, beaten, wrongly jailed, and ultimately crucified – He was preparing the disciples for the future. Jesus had a supernatural peace that carried Him through. He wasn’t depending on the disciples; He was looking to His Heavenly Father Who controlled the circumstances.
The disciples were unclear who to look to for direction after the Savior returned to Heaven. Christ provided a substitute, just like Himself, in the Holy Spirit who would indwell all Christ-followers. Depend on the Holy Spirit to be a channel of overcoming power providing peace – when the world around you is filled with trouble!