"I have told you these things so that in me you may have peace. In this world, you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world!” – John 16:33
It may seem odd to read a verse from the end of John spoken by Jesus to His disciples right before he was betrayed, arrested, put on trial, sentenced, and crucified. This is supposed to be an advent devotional! This verse, spoken at the end of Jesus’ life, shows us the reason He was born, the reason He was sent to us by His Father, and the reason we can rejoice in the birth of Christ, the coming of the Messiah.
God knew that this world was going to have trouble in it, especially for those who choose to follow Him and live like Jesus. He also knew that we couldn’t handle it by ourselves. He knew that the troubles, the sorrows, the pains, and the trials we experience in this world are too much and too overwhelming for us to persevere on our own. That’s why He sent His Son, Jesus. Jesus came into the world to defeat sin once and for all, to free us from the slavery of the flesh, and give us peace. This peace is found in knowing that through His death and resurrection, Jesus has overcome the world.
What is making you restless?
What makes you overwhelmed?
What makes you anxious or afraid?
These are the things that the Enemy is using to distract us from the peace that Christ has won for us. During advent we reflect on what it means to us that Jesus was born. In this hectic season, when you find yourself overwhelmed, anxious, afraid, or restless, rest in knowing that the things you fear have been overcome. Once and for all. Jesus was born for that. He is the Prince of Peace.
Isaiah 54:10 says, “’Though the mountains be shaken and the hills be removed, yet my unfailing love for you will not be shaken nor my covenant of peace be removed,’ says the LORD, who has compassion on you.” No matter what happens in your life, no matter what happens in our country, no matter what happens to our world, God’s unfailing love and covenant of peace will reign forever. That is something we can rest in.