Creed, Confession, Consolation

John 16:28

“I came out from the Father, and I have come into the world. Again, I am leaving the world, and I am going back to the Father.”

I’ve seen this referred to as “The Children’s Creed” due to its succinct simplicity.

Isn’t it like Spirit-breathed Scripture to have so much in such a small space!

Here in just four short phrases we have the Pre-existence of Christ, His Incarnation, Death, Resurrection, and Ascension. How’s that for a brief summary of the Greatest Story of All Time??

John 16:30

“Now we can see that you know all things and that you do not even need to have anyone ask you questions. This makes us believe that you came from God.”

More simplicity. More depth.

They know that Jesus knows all things. They have full confidence in Him. Jesus has answered the question in their hearts, and they ascribe to Him the power to do this always. There is no need to ask him anymore questions to find out who He is or where He came from. They now have assurance of His divine origin. Of His “Everythingness“.

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.”

Notice the three contrast here: “in me” is set over against “in this world,” “you may have” over against “you will have,” and “peace” over against “trouble.”

There is no true peace anywhere but in Jesus. In the verses before this one, Jesus predicted His disciples’ desertion, and still loved them to His death. Who else can love you like this in the midst of your shortcomings? In full knowledge of how His friends would leave Him hanging, He promised them peace.

You will find this peace not in yourself, not in others, not anywhere, but in Jesus.

Living in this world, you will have trouble. It is inevitable. But you may have peace, if you live in Christ.

Everyone has troubles. Not everyone has peace…even though it is always abundantly available.

We are able to take heart, be encouraged, cheer up! because Jesus has overcome the world. The perfect tense of the verb “overcome” denotes abiding victory. Audacious, in the shadow of the cross, but Jesus sees it as His complete victory over all the world is and can do to Him.

In each moment, you may have abiding victory, if you look for it in Christ, the Conqueror.

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