I’m hoping not to let this blog get too dusty, so I’ll try to write on here at least once a week.
This morning, during my morning tea (I chose tea over coffee!) with Abba I read John 16. The gospel according to John is one of my favourite books in the Bible. It’s certainly my favourite of the gospels.
John 16 verse 33 says, “I have told you this so that you will have peace by being united to me. The world will make you suffer. But be brave! I have defeated the world!”
Peace is a hard concept to grasp, isn’t it? We often have a tendency to associate peace with quiet – but that doesn’t seem to be the biblical meaning. Serenity and contentment are probably more accurate adjectives when describing peace. Peace is a gift of the Spirit and listed as part of the Fruit of the Spirit. That indicates to me that it grows in us when we accept the Spirit to enter our life – along with Abba and Jesus. This translation certainly seems to indicate that peace comes when we are united with Jesus (and the other parts of the trinity).
There’s a lot of suffering in this world – wars, famines, anger, fear, oppression, death, illness, etc. As humans we are subject to the suffering of this world. Jesus is asking for us to be brave – or in this context courageous which is where we feel the fear and do it anyway – because He has defeated the world. He didn’t defeat it by destroying it, or through war or through control/coercion or anything like that. He simply died on the cross so that we might live with Him forever. It’s a concept which is tough to grapple with. We don’t feel worthy of such a sacrifice, or struggle to see why it’s important or even necessary. Perhaps we should simply focus on thanking Him for the gifts He gives us, for free, such as peace, that stem from what He did on the cross when He defeated the world.
Bye for now. Blessings, Hannah