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.”
I love this verse, because of Jesus I am an overcomer. And I am only an overcomer because Jesus is in me! What have I overcome? Oh more than I could ever tell you about in just one short blog, but the thing that blows me away about God is that He just lets me say His name, and it brings me this kind of crazy complete peace. Sometimes when I get all crazy (and sometimes my friend Netta has to remind me) I just say His name, I breathe it in, I breathe it out, and I say it until a peace envelops me. Sometimes it’s one or two times, and sometimes if I don’t actually let go, it’s like 100 but I never stop until I am peaceful.
In the verse it says “I have told you these things” which prompted me to read the verse before this one. What did He say? What did He tell us? I wanted to know… and thankfully because of Biblegateway.com and Youversion.com we can check it out in just a quick moment.
Do you want to know what He said?
16 Jesus went on to say, “In a little while you will see me no more, and then after a little while you will see me.”
17 At this, some of his disciples said to one another, “What does he mean by saying, ‘In a little while you will see me no more, and then after a little while you will see me,’ and ‘Because I am going to the Father’?” 18 They kept asking, “What does he mean by ‘a little while’? We don’t understand what he is saying.”
19 Jesus saw that they wanted to ask him about this, so he said to them, “Are you asking one another what I meant when I said, ‘In a little while you will see me no more, and then after a little while you will see me’? 20 Very truly I tell you, you will weep and mourn while the world rejoices. You will grieve, but your grief will turn to joy. 21 A woman giving birth to a child has pain because her time has come; but when her baby is born she forgets the anguish because of her joy that a child is born into the world. 22 So with you: Now is your time of grief, but I will see you again and you will rejoice, and no one will take away your joy. 23 In that day you will no longer ask me anything. Very truly I tell you, my Father will give you whatever you ask in my name. 24 Until now you have not asked for anything in my name. Ask and you will receive, and your joy will be complete.
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 “Do you now believe?” Jesus replied. 32 “A time is coming and in fact has come when you will be scattered, each to your own home. You will leave me all alone. Yet I am not alone, for my Father is with me.
He’s gonna leave, but don’t worry, He’s gonna be back, we will see Him again… He says our sorrows will turn to joy. We will forget the pain of what came before, we will rejoice and no one will take our joy. WOW!
I took the last two months and really opened my heart, not afraid if it would get dragged through the gravel, stomped on, I don’t even think of it. I think about the joy that I feel when I hug someone, or we smile because we love. Because He loved us first.
A song came on today on my Rhapsody account, I don’t know why it hadn’t come on any other time, my music is set to ‘shuffle’ but this morning, “to know Your name” by Hillsong came on. I remember the first time I ever heard the song, we sang just the chorus at Alive so many times. I remember thinking “just to know Your name” wow, to just KNOW the name of Jesus. That’s an honor, it’s a privilege, to say His name, wow, it brings crazy peace. He loves us! Do you get that???? He loves us! He took our place in all our sin, even knowing the outcome! I can’t say that if I always knew the outcome, that I would take the hard way… well I might, but not to get on a cross, that would be crazy! But He did! I don’t know… that makes me so excited and crazy, I could jump out of my seat! Seriously, and if you know me, you know it’s true!
We love because He loved us first. (1 John 4:19)
Thank You Jesus for loving me. Love is the most awesomest thing!