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Advent Devotion 12.1.19

 “Take heart, I have overcome the world.” John 16: 33

These are encouraging words, are they not? These are the last words of Jesus’ “farewell discourse” to the disciples. The final discourse runs from Chapter 14 to these final words of Jesus at the end of Chapter 16. In his farewell discourse, Jesus recounts his pre-existence, birth, death, resurrection, ascension, and the changes between the people and God. Then, Jesus concludes with this:

I have said this to you, so that in me you may have peace. In the world you face persecution. But take courage; I have conquered the world!’

What Jesus tells his disciples that because of who he is, what he has done and what he will do, they can have peace. They can have peace despite the troubles that await them for being his disciples. They can be courageous even in these times because in his life, death and resurrection, Jesus has defeated “the world” which is in rebellion against God.

We, as Jesus’ disciples also have access to that peace. That is what Paul tells us in Philippians 4.

Do not worry about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.

During Advent we should pray with thanksgiving for that peace which comes with the incarnation, the Word mad flesh, the son of God, Jesus Christ, born to a young woman, in a little town in Judea.

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