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Daily Reading: 20th October 2015

John 16.31-33 cont.

31 Jesus answered them: “Do you now believe?”

32 Look, the hour comes and has already come when each of you will be scattered each to his own place and only I will be left, but I am not alone, because My Father is with Me.

33 I have spoken these things to you so that you might have peace. In the world you have tribulation, but be courageous, I have overcome the world.

The last part of verse 33 is vitally important for every believer in Jesus: He has overcome the world.

Jesus had shown this in every aspect of His life. In the wilderness, where He fasted for forty days and nights, He had resisted the temptation of satan. He was unable to wear Him down; He was unable to persuade Him to forsake the task the Father had sent Him to do. Jesus soundly defeated all attempts of the devil to submit to him and worship him.

Each time Jesus overcame the devil by using the word of God. Three times Jesus replied to satan saying: ‘It is written’: ‘Man does not live on bread alone, but on every word that comes from the mouth of God.’” (4) – ‘Do not put the Lord your God to the test.’” (7) – “Away from Me, Satan! For it is written: ‘Worship the Lord your God, and serve Him only.’”(10) – Matthew 4 (NLT).

We also have the word of God with which to overcome the devil. Therefore, let us all the more be familiar with His word. Also let us know that the same power that enabled Jesus to resist the devil also lives in us.

Jesus also stood against the powers of the religious world. Many times the leaders of the people, the Pharisees and Scribes, and the Sadducees, all came against Jesus. They questioned Him, they tried to trick Him, they attempted to get Him to commit treason, but never once did they succeed. They even tried to make Him king, but Jesus withdrew from them.

The life of Jesus was a continual battle against those who opposed Him, and He won every battle. He had overcome the world. And we are also able to do so, since God’s word tells us this:

For you died to this life, and your real life is hidden with Christ in God – Colossians 3.3 (NLT). Being hidden with Christ we have a protection against the defeat by our enemies. Let us live in this and enjoy the peace we have with God, brought to us by Jesus.

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