"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."
A quick Scripture breakdown. I hope this encourages you.
- "These things I have spoken." Jesus says "Pay attention!" If the Lord does not have our attention, we are bound to miss something.
- "... in Me you may have peace." Jesus is our peace. Real peace is not when the storm ceases. Real peace is when you have peace in your storm. If anything other than God is our "peace," it will eventually fail. Money, work, people, acceptance, all these are not sustainable sources of peace. They are up and down. Not so with Jesus. He is always the same. He never changes and neither does the comfort, peace, and mental clarity that He offers.
- "... you will have tribulation;" No one is exempt from tough times. In fact, Jesus is guaranteeing it. He Himself traveled a rocky road while on earth. Our problem is we get bent out of shape too easily and toss away hope.
- "... but be of good cheer," But, in spite of the toughness of life, Jesus is our joy. Joy in Christ is the believer's daily fuel. Joy should characterize those who have a personal relationship with Jesus. That is not because we are supposed to be Ned Flanders cheery, but because God's Word guarantees His provision for all of our needs (see Romans 8:28). God's love, grace, and strength will not change. He is an ever-present help (see Psalm 46:1 and Philippians 4:4-7).
- "I have overcome the world." When Jesus resurrected, He defeated all death. Nothing can stand against His power. Jesus won all victory. Because He has victory, it is our duty to rely on Him and Him alone. The Bible states that we "can do all things through Christ" (see Philippians 4:13).