Saturday, December 31, 2011

Verse for Today - John 16:33 (click to read devotional)

John 16:33

“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.”

Read all of John 16

What a remarkable verse to both end and begin the year with.  Jesus was the omniscient, eternal God and could speak from a moment in time words that would exceed all time.  He told us words that we would need to remember.  He gives us a peace that is greater than suffering, life and death.  With these words He turns our faith toward Him.  He is Lord and Master of all and is both able and willing of help us no matter what trials we face.  He promised (and as the text above says,
"But take heart!  I have overcome the world."
Isn't it interesting that in the Christian faith we have the assurance of both eternal joy and peace and of present hardship and strife.  We were created to know, love and serve Almighty God.  While He is knowable from the vastness and intricacy of creation, he is most fully known in His Incarnate Son, the Lord Jesus Christ.  And how has He revealed himself to us?  Most faithfully though the written word, the Holy Bible... and of course the ministry of Gospel preaching (Romans 10:14-17).

Read it to know Him.

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