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2015.Mar.
06 Fri
 
Christ, the Victor
[ John 16:25 - 16:33 ]
 
25. "Though I have been speaking figuratively, a time is coming when I will no longer use this kind of language but will tell you plainly about my Father.
26. In that day you will ask in my name. I am not saying that I will ask the Father on your behalf.
27. No, the Father himself loves you because you have loved me and have believed that I came from God.
28. I came from the Father and entered the world; now I am leaving the world and going back to the Father."
29. Then Jesus' disciples said, "Now you are speaking clearly and without figures of speech.
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."
31. "You believe at last!" Jesus answered.
32. "But a time is coming, and has come, when you will be scattered, each to his own home. You will leave me all alone. Yet I am not alone, for my Father is with me.
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."
 

Reflection
The Father Loves You (16:25–28)
During a moment of deep discussion and heartfelt conversation, at a time when Jesus is describing the coming days of difficulty, sorrow, and persecution, He reminds the disciples that the Father loves them. This is not a romantic, momentary, spur-of-the-moment love—this is not a glorified version of Valentines Day. This is a robust, unconditional, selfless, and sacrificial kind of love. This is the love that refuses to give up on sinners, the love that nothing—not even heaven or hell—can hinder. It is a tidal wave of power and strength, compassion and holiness that overwhelms death and crushes the enemy. This is how the Father loves us. Know this truth and be strengthened.

He Has Overcome! (16:29–33)
The triumph of the Christian does not lie in our own achievements, or the size of our churches, or how many times we go on mission trips. The victory of the true believer and Gods church is secured with Christ. Jesus message is clear in this passage: in this world, we will have tribulation. However, we can still have peace and assurance, for Christ has overcome! This is the source of our confidence. Our life is not a battle to see if we can win the day for Christ—He has already won eternity for us. Let us face every trial and tribulation with His peace in our hearts, knowing that victory is ours in Christ.

Application
- Do you know that God the Father loves you? Do not doubt this truth. There are other relationships in which we are loved, but nothing compares to the love of God the Father.

- May the peace of Christ reign in your hearts. Know that He is victor, He has overcome! The confidence of a true Christian stems from his or her security in Christ alone.

A Letter to
God
Father, we are Your daughters and sons, co-heirs with Christ who has overcome the world. Give us the clarity to realize this truth even in the darkest times, that we might shine as stars in this world and bring You glory in every moment. In Jesus name. Amen.
 
 
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