Today’s Reading: John 16:23-33
Daily Lectionary: Numbers 3:1-16, 39-48; Luke 14:25-15:10
“I have said these things to you, that in me you may have peace. In the world you will have tribulation. But take heart; I have overcome the world.” (John 16:33)
In the Name of Jesus. Amen. Tribulation seems to be the perpetual state for the modern young person. Something is always going wrong. Whether it is parents, school drama, your sports team, the love of your life, or even (yes) your youth group, tribulation comes for you repeatedly, doesn’t it? There are days when you don’t even want to bother getting out of bed—to say nothing of leaving the house—because you know what’s waiting for you, and you don’t want to face it.
Jesus has the answer for you. Once again, He’s speaking to the disciples just before He is arrested on Holy Thursday. They are going to experience a whole boatload of tribulation over the next few days, and then, a never-ending stream of it for the rest of their lives. Even so, Jesus calms them with His words. He speaks His peace to them. He comforts them with the assurance that He has overcome anything the world can throw at them.
He says the same thing to you. This world hates you. It wants to marginalize you, make fun of you, and yes, even kill you. But take heart: Jesus has overcome the world! Ultimately, it cannot harm you. The Lord of creation has wrestled death to the ground and killed it in His own death and resurrection. He has completely defeated Satan for you and destroyed the world’s power over you. Rest secure in His nail-pierced grasp, knowing that whatever this world throws at you, He has seen it, lived it, and conquered it for you. As that beloved hymn says, “Death you cannot end my gladness, I am baptized into Christ!”
Because you are baptized into Christ, eternity is yours. Life everlasting is yours, and eternal salvation before the Lamb upon His throne is yours, all because Jesus has overcome this world for you. In the Name of Jesus. Amen. –Rev. Duane Bamsch
O God, the giver of all that is good, by Your holy inspiration grant that we may think those things that are right and by Your merciful guiding accomplish them; through Jesus Christ, Your Son, our Lord, who lives and reigns with You and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever. Amen. (Collect for the Sixth Sunday of Easter)