There will be no more sorrow, there will be no more pain. Yes indeed in this world we would have tribulation but in the cross we have our redemption.
Jesus never promised that we would have it easy in the world and in speaking to His disciples, He assured them of tribulation in the world and it is the same thing He is telling anyone who is also a disciple now (a follower of Jesus).
My brethren, count it all joy when ye fall into divers temptations; ( James 1:2)
These things I have spoken unto you, that in me ye might have peace. In the world ye shall have tribulation: but be of good cheer; I have overcome the world (John 16:33)
Note, here in James we are being told to count it all joy when we fall into divers temptations and Jesus also affirmed that statement to His disciples, and made a very striking statement; He never said they have overcome the world but He said though they would have tribulation they should be of good cheer because He has overcome the world.
The emphasis is on this; be of good cheer because I have overcome the world. What did Jesus’ overcoming the world have to do with the disciples being of good cheer. Naturally, if you are to tell someone that things are going to be difficult; what should cheer the person up is when you encourage the person by motivating him that he will overcome.
However, this was not the case, in the disciples case, Jesus told them that they should be of good cheer not because they have overcome the world but because He has overcome the world. What could this imply; Jesus was relaying something to His disciples, He identified the disciples with Himself, so whatever He was to accomplish would also be accredited to His disciples.
Look at this verse.
If the world hate you, ye know that it hated me before it hated you (John 15:18).
So now Jesus was telling them that it is only in Him that they shall have peace and again it is only in Him that they can overcome the world. But what does this mean for us who are now here living for Him in this world.
Let’s all understand that first of all we are strangers and pilgrims on this earth, and our walk on earth wouldn’t get any easier save we remain and abide in the one who has overcome the world.
On the cross, when Jesus said it was finished; it ended all that a believer now would go through and face in this world.
When Jesus therefore had received the vinegar, he said, It is finished: and he bowed his head, and gave up the ghost (John 19:30).
Now in the period of Easter we celebrate the death and resurrection of our Lord Jesus Christ that is good and is an eternal fact but we should also remember that in the light of scripture we should also celebrate our death with Christ and our resurrection with Him from the dead.
When Christ was on the cross, we were there with Him and when He died, we died with Him, when He was buried, we were buried with Him and when He was raised up from the dead by the glory of the Father we were raised up together with him to also walk in the newness of life and that’s also an eternal fact; something that happened in reality.
For if we have been planted together in the likeness of his death, we shall be also in the likeness of his resurrection (Romans 6:5). In Christ we have died to sin, we died to sickness, we died to shame, we died to condemnation and ultimately in His resurrection we had the victory over death. Whatever Jesus went through and won has been accredited to us, because we were grafted into Him in death and in resurrection.
And ye are complete in him, which is the head of all principality and power: (Colossians 2:10).
That is our faith, beloved the Lord Jesus won the victory, and His victory was your victory. If He rose from the dead, then you also rose up, therefore if the Spirit of him that raised up Jesus from the dead dwell in you, he that raised up Christ from the dead shall also quicken your mortal bodies by his Spirit that dwelleth in you.
You are more than a conqueror; that is who you are because Jesus won the victory and you were in Him on that day. Rise up today, shake up yourselves of any bondage and celebrate this Easter knowing fully that you have overcome the world because Jesus overcame the world.
1 John 5:4-5 (For whatsoever is born of God overcometh the world: and this is the victory that overcometh the world, even our faith. Who is he that overcometh the world, but he that believeth that Jesus is the Son of God? …)
Hallelujah to the one who died and rose again on the third day giving us the power to become sons of God; born, not of blood, nor of the will of the flesh, nor of the will of man, but of God.
What manner of love the Father has bestowed upon us……………