33 I have told you all this so that you may have peace in me. Here on earth you will have many trials and sorrows. But take heart, because I have overcome the world.”
John 16:33 (NLT)
I remember a story told by Jerry Savelle on his experience in the early part of his ministry. He was invited to preach in a church. He preached on the hope of God. Suddenly, he was interrupted by an old man in the congregation. The old man stood up and told him that Jesus said we have many trials and sorrows on earth. Was the old man right? The answer is yes. The above verse does say that but that is not Jesus’ full message.
The above example basically sums up the way the theologians and doctrine worshippers read the Bible. Their intention is to find the most negative words in the page and make them the context for the whole Bible. So, when they read John 16:33, they only remember the part on “you will have many trials and sorrows” and forget about the rest. Each time they came across positive messages on the blessings of God (like the articles in this blog), they will think of the “many trials and sorrows” in John 16:33. Do you want to be one of them? Suit yourself.
In this article, I am going to explain the full meaning of the above verse. It is a part of the conclusion of Jesus’ goodbye message to his disciples. I have written a few articles on Jesus’ earlier message. You can read about them by scrolling down the page of this blog.
The verse begins with Jesus telling his disciples the purpose of his message to them. He wanted them to have peace. What is peace? In English, it does not mean much but in Hebrew it has a deeper meaning. Peace is called shalom in Hebrew. Let us see what shalom is.
Strong’s Concordance 7965 – Hebrew Shalom ….. A word study in the New King James version for SHALOM says: Completeness, wholeness, health, peace, welfare, safety soundness, tranquility, prosperity, perfectness, fullness, rest, harmony, the absence of agitation or discord.
Shalom basically covers everything good, including prosperity. Health and wealth are not dirty words because they are a part of shalom. So, we should not be ashamed of desiring shalom to come into our lives. Jesus has made it clear that his words are for our shalom. So, if you want to have shalom, read the Bible and if you don’t, don’t read the Bible.
In the next sentence, Jesus told us that here on earth we will have many trials and sorrows. Theologians and doctrine worshippers love this part. In their minds, this is the full message of the Gospel. God gives us trials and sorrows to show us his love, sufficient grace and trials to test our faith. It is God’s will for you to be sick, poor and fail in every area of your life. It does not matter to God how much you are suffering as long as you obey the right doctrines like the rest of the doctrine worshippers. God also causes disasters to create trials and sorrows. When you see many people died in disasters, do not be surprised because it is God’s will to fulfil his promise of many trials and sorrows.
This is basically how perverse theology has become. Is theology right? Let us read the third sentence to find out.
“But take heart, because I have overcome the world.”
There is a “but” here. Sure, there will always be many trials and sorrows in this world but Jesus has overcome the world. What has that got to do with us? If you are a Christian, Jesus is in you through the presence of the Holy Spirit. The moment we believed in Jesus, we were sealed with the Holy Spirit. We become the temples of God. Have you ever wonder why we Christians don’t go to temples? The answer is we are the temples. Each of us is a complete temple that comes with the permanent presence of the Holy Spirit. When Jesus said he has overcome the world, it also means we Christians have overcome the world because we have his permanent presence in us.
What does this mean? This simply means we have the means to overcome the many trials and sorrows we will face in this world. Do you have many trials and sorrows today? If you live long enough, you are practically guaranteed with them but that is not all. Trials and sorrows are just the natural products of this world. In order to overcome them, we have to overcome their source, which is the world. Jesus has done that and he is in us.
As a result, we have what it takes to overcome the trials and sorrows that we are facing now or will face in the future. No matter how big or seemingly impossible your troubles are, don’t give up. You have what it takes to overcome them. Jesus has promised that and he does not lie. All you need to do is to turn to him for advice on how to use the powers he has given to you.
Let me put this in another way. Jesus is not the Superman who will come to rescue you from a burning building. You are the Superman. You just need to learn on how to use your super powers. Jesus is the one who is capable of teaching you on how to do so. Turn to him and learn from him. Soon, you will have full mastery of your super powers. You will not only be able to save yourself from a burning building, you can save others as well.
Welcome Superman to Planet Earth.