L. A. Marzulli
John 16: 33 These things I have spoked unto you, that in me ye might have peace. In the world ye shall have tribulation: but be of good cheer; I have overcome the world.
The threat of WWIII is looming as Obama wants to rush to war, with or without Congressional approval. Putin has declared, that Russia will back Syria, should America attack. Added to this is Iran and Hezbollah who are emphatically stating, they will “punish America,” should we act militarily against Syria.
Then throw in the threat of radiation polluting the Pacific, due to the Fukushima nuclear reactor meltdown, the mysterious deaths of birds, dolphins and fish, record drought, record rainfall, record cold temperatures, the threat of a solar flare, the unmitigated lawlessness that abounds, famines, and pestilence, and one can become overwhelmed by the events we are facing.
Jesus makes it very clear in the above passage. In Me you might have peace. In the world you will have tribulation, but be of good cheer; I have overcome the world.
It’s an incredible statement and one might read this and ask, how do I have peace when I am faced with all this overwhelming stuff that is going on!
People all over the world long for peace of mind. Gurus tell us to chant or meditate and we will have inner peace, but does this really work? Will taking Zanex or other prescription drugs help ease our anxiety or does it just mask over it? Some people become workaholics in order to find “peace,” thinking if they can only make enough money their problems will be solved and they will find rest. Others turn to drugs or alcohol to numb the pain, and temporarily find peace, until the drug or booze wares off.
Peace, comes from the Prince of Peace, one of Jesus’ many titles. It is a free gift liberally given to us and we can do nothing of and in ourselves to make it happen. Peace and rest come from the Lord of hosts! He alone gives what the world and all the man-made placebos can never dispense.
When He laid down his life on the cross and shed His blood for us, everything in the universe changed. We know that time stood still, as darkness covered the land for three hours. We know that the dead rose from their tombs and were seen walking in the streets of Jerusalem. The thick heavy veil which separated the Holy of Holies from the people, was torn top to bottom. His last words were, It is finished! With this He took back the title-deed from the Fallen One and declared Checkmate in the cosmic war, which had been raging for perhaps millions of years in our universe.
In closing todays Bun: He knows each one of us intimately and He loves each of us where we are. With that in mind, if we are struggling or fearful, perhaps overcome by the problems of the world, if we ask Him, he will give us what we need, peace in the midst of tribulation, for He has indeed overcome the world and the dark prince who still rules here.