“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)
Jesus prepares His disciples for the troubles that lie ahead. They will be excommunicated from Jewish synagogues. They will face persecution and even martyrdom as they seek to carry on His mission in the world after His departure. There will even be a time when those who kill Jesus’ disciples will think that they are offering service to God. But the disciples must not be afraid.
Jesus asks the disciples to remember something that He had said earlier, that the servant is not greater than his master (13:16).
So in the middle of sorrows and trials, we can take heart and have peace. Not because things are easy, but because the hard things of this life are temporary and are preparing for us an eternal glory. Our peace is not in the absence of strife or troubles, but in Jesus and what He has done to save us.
“For this reason I also suffer these things; nevertheless as I am not ashamed, for I know whom I have believed and am persuaded that He is able to keep what I have committed to Him until that day.” (2 Timothy 1:12)
Although the world will persecute the disciples, they can take courage in the knowledge that Jesus has overcome the world. Judas, the religious authorities, Pilate, the crowd, the soldiers or even death and the grave could not overcome Him. Instead, Jesus could truly say, “I have overcome the world.”
Jesus did not promise peace; He offered it. He said, “you may have peace.” We gain the peace Jesus offered by finding it in Him. Jesus said, “that in Me you may have peace.” We won’t find real peace anywhere else other than in Jesus
Jesus made the way to peace with God: Having been justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ. (Romans 5:1)
Jesus made the way to peace with others, “for He himself is our peace, who has made both one, and has broken down the middle wall of separation.” (Ephesians 2:14)
Knowing that Jesus has overcome the world brings us good cheer. It is the foundation for our peace in Him. We see that Jesus is in control, we see that although He leaves He does not abandon, we see that He loves, and we see that the victory is His. We can be of good cheer indeed.
Jesus now tells the disciples that in fact it is better for them if He goes away because He is going to sending them the Paraclete, the Holy Spirit. The Holy Spirit is the Spirit of truth. He comes from the Father. He will guide the disciples into all the truth. There will be peace (Isaiah 9:6-7). “If you remain in my word you are truly My disciples, and you will know the truth, and the truth will make you free,”