14 | Overcomer Joy
On this cold December day, what an incredible promise to be reminded of that Jesus has overcome the world, and is sovereign over all of it! Read on to find out what Emma has to say about how this truth affects our lives on a daily basis...
Over the last few months, I’ve often found myself asking this question: in the midst of an ever- changing and challenging world, how can I navigate all of the battles and blessings that come my way?
In John’s Gospel, Jesus speaks these incredible words: “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.” John 16:33
This verse spells out the incredible truth of what Jesus offers us. He tells is that even though the world will throw things at us that cause trouble, He has overcome the world. When he cried out “It is finished” on the cross, he signalled that it is done - our sin has been paid for, and because of his death and resurrection, we can be called daughters of the King and all of his promises are for us.
Jesus has overcome the world and this incredible promise is the same yesterday, today and forever, and nothing can change this.
God’s promises are faithful and trustworthy, and they are for us - for you and for me. So when Jesus promises that he has overcome the world, he means he has overcome all of it. There is no tiny part of this world, or of your life, that he hasn’t overcome. He is sovereign and reigns over it all, and because of this, we can trust that he holds our lives completely in his hands. Although he isn’t promising that every day will be an easy ride, he is promising that we are not in it alone, and one day he will fully overcome all of the troubles of this world when we can enjoy perfect eternity with him.
So since Jesus’ promise to you and to me this Christmas is that he has overcome the world, what difference does this make to us day in, day out?
No matter what’s going on in our life this Christmas, we can trust that God holds all of it in his hands. There may be fears, frustrations or disappointments weighing heavy on you. God wants to remind you that He has overcome the world, that He will carry you through your struggles and that there will be a day when we see Him face-to-face, and he’ll wipe every tear from our eye. In the midst of the trials, let’s cry out to Him, let’s be honest, and ask him to help us trust in that truth, especially when it’s tough.
I love this verse:
“You will make known to me the path of life; you will fill me with joy in your presence, with eternal pleasures at your right hand” (Psalm 16:11, emphasis mine).
Christmas is all about Jesus - or Emmanuel, meaning “God with us” - who came to earth so that we could be in his presence. This is true for us today: we can be filled with the presence of the Holy Spirit. And this will be true more fully in eternity where we’ll rest in God’s everlasting perfect presence forever.
And this verse says that Jesus fills us with JOY in his presence.
So let’s walk in “overcomer joy” today. Let’s spend time in his presence, and ask God to help us trust him with our lives and be filled with joy because Jesus has overcome the world: this is the incredible promise of blessing that God gives us this Christmas.
Emma grew up in Bath, before moving to Cambridge as a teenager and staying on to study Law there at university. Since graduating, Emma has worked in the finance industry and is the More Precious Development Manager. Emma is married to Luke, and they go to church at Holy Trinity Brompton in London.