Peace in Jesus’ Name
Mosaic Rockford – Dave Spooner – April 5th, 2020
His disciples said, “Ah, now you are speaking plainly and not using figurative speech! 30 Now we know that you know all things and do not need anyone to question you; this is why we believe that you came from God.”
- It is interesting to note that the thing that cemented the faith of the disciples is not what Jesus did, but it was what Jesus knew. What He knew He made clear to them. He told them plainly, “I am from God, I came into the world, and I am going to leave the world and go back to the Father.” That He is the Son of God, that there is a Father, that Jesus came from Him, and that He is going back to Him. That not only did Jesus know these things, but that He knew all things, that no one needs to correct Him, no one needs to inform Him, no one needs to question Him. He knows all and He knows what He is doing. No one can stop Him from fulfilling His mission, and He is indeed the Son of God.
- After this declaration from His disciples,
John 16:31-32a ESV
Jesus answered them, “Do you now believe? 32 Behold, the hour is coming, indeed it has come, when you will be scattered, each to his own home, and will leave me alone.
- Just because you believe does not automatically mean that you will not give in to fear and separate yourself from Jesus. That you will choose not to be associated with Him because you don’t want to suffer. And this is not what we are choosing to do right now, quite the opposite – we are choosing to separate because of faith in Christ that is expressing itself by loving other people. What this is talking about is choosing to separate from identification with Christ because of fear that in identification with Him you will suffer – which is totally different from what we are choosing to do now. However, what Jesus says next does apply to us in our current situation. Jesus said:
John 16:32b ESV
Yet I am not alone, for the Father is with me.
- Here is our first main point:
When you are alone, you are not alone
- This is really good news! When we are alone, when we are isolated, when we are separated, when we are by ourselves, we are not alone, because the Father is with you. If you are His child through faith, He will not “leave you as an orphan” (John 14:18). He will not abandon you, or just leave you to your own devices. This is what He promises you, and what He says He means.
Heb 13:5-6 ESV
“I will never leave you nor forsake you.”
Matt 28:20 NLV
And be sure of this: I am with you always, even to the end of the age.
- Paul also wrote this bedrock truth for us though the inspiration of the Holy Spirit:
Rom 8:38-39 ESV
I am sure that neither death nor life, nor angels nor rulers, nor things present nor things to come, nor powers, 39 nor height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God in Christ Jesus our Lord.
- Knowing this enabled Paul to endure isolation and imprisonment, shipwrecks and starvation, beatings and abandonment. Knowing the truth that when you are alone you are not alone empowers and equips people to continue in faith, hope and love. Knowing this will help you during this time as well. Hang onto this truth, and let your roots grow deep into the truth of God word. It will sustain you during times of hardship, isolation, and uncertainty.
- Jesus continues to speak to them and to us by giving us more truth to hang on to.
John 16:33a ESV
I have said these things to you, that in me you may have peace.
God’s sovereignty gives us peace
- Nature is not sovereign. Satan is not sovereign. Sinful man is not sovereign. God rules them all (Luke 8:25; Job 1:12; 2:6; Acts 4:27–28). So we say with Job, “I know that you can do all things, and that no purpose of yours can be thwarted” (Job 42:2 ESV). “In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God” (John 1:1 NIV). Jesus is the word made flesh. He has the first word, and He has the final word. None of His words will fail, all of His words will stand true (Isa. 55:11). He is the author, and He is the perfector of our Faith (Heb. 12:2). He is the beginning and the end, He is the alpha and the omega, He is the first and He is the last (Rev. 22:13). He “works all things according to the counsel of his will” (Eph 1:11-12 ESV). He knows what He is doing and in Him you may have peace. Our peace will not come from the world, because it cannotcome from the world. The world cannot give peace, only tribulation. You will not have peace in anything else, the only true place that peace comes from is God’s sovereignty and being in Jesus.
- In Him there is peace, but from the world you will only have pressure, and this is what Jesus told us.
John 16:33b ESV
In the world you will have tribulation.
This world has tribulation
- In this world you will have tribulation, trouble, trials, suffering, sorrow and pressure. Jesus told us this. Don’t be surprised if something strange were happening (1 Peter 4:12 ESV). This pandemic is not catching God off guard, not knowing what to do. God knew what was going to happen and God is working in it for the purpose of His will. Will it be difficult? Yes. Will people die? Yes. Will it be inconvenient and difficult and to some, devastating? Yes. But these are things that we all face while we are in this world. God will be with us in all things and He is working His plan through these things. So, don’t be tripped up because there is tribulation. In these things God’s will is being done and through these things the world is shown for what it is, and we are shown for who we are.
- We can “take heart” in this difficulty. Why? Because Jesus has “overcome the world.”
John 16:33c ESV
But take heart; I have overcome the world.”
Take heart, Jesus has overcome
- Take heart, be of good cheer, and have courage, because Jesus has overcome the world. Jesus has defeated the world. Jesus has conquered the world. All of these things will pass away, and Jesus will make all things new.
Rev 21:4-5 ESV
He will wipe away every tear from their eyes, and death shall be no more, neither shall there be mourning, nor crying, nor pain anymore, for the former things have passed away.” 5 And he who was seated on the throne said, “Behold, I am making all things new.” Also he said, “Write this down, for these words are trustworthy and true.”
- Because Jesus has overcome, we will overcome as well. Overcoming is not something we do for Jesus; overcoming is something we do in Jesus. Because He overcame, we will overcome, so take heart, be of good cheer and have courage! During this time, grow more solid in His faith, hold tighter to His hope, and live greater in His love!
- Remember, when you are alone, you are not alone – take comfort in this truth.
- Remember God’s sovereignty and doing so will give you peace.
- Remember that this world has tribulation – don’t be surprised that life is difficult, it is what it is.
- Remember to take heart, Jesus has overcome the world, and in Him we will overcome as well.