He Has Overcome The World
Last month, we woke up to headlines of yet another act of terrorism, as terrorists bombed transportation hubs and high traffic areas in Brussels, Belgium. It is expected that repairs will take months to complete, but the impact of these attacks will stay with both local and international communities for years to come. As the stories spread on social media, we witnessed people coming together in amazing ways to show their support for Brussels, not unlike the posts, tweets and images that were shared after the terrorist attacks that took place in Paris in November of last year.
We are experiencing one of the most violent decades, as terrorist attacks, mass shootings, bombings and genocides are afflicting cities and countries all over the world. There are many arguments surrounding these events, as people blame religion, politics, money, cultural ignorance and so forth. The problem is that the reasoning behind these violent acts is difficult to discuss, argue and resolve causing many to be personally and emotionally hurt by the aftermath of these events, in addition to the event itself.
Jesus addressed acts of hate and violence several times throughout the Bible. Many of us have been taught to recite the verse, “But I say to you who hear, Love your enemies, do good to those who hate you, bless those who curse you, pray for those who abuse you.” (Luke 6:27-28) It has been estimated that the word ‘peace’ has been used around 400 times throughout the Bible, reaffirming Jesus’s message.
We are also reminded of a verse in the Bible that speaks about the hope that can be found in Christ, in the face of these attacks.
“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.”
Jesus teaches us to pursue peace, instead of violence against those who have hurt us. As it says in John 16:33, we can find peace in Him as He has overcome the world. With Easter behind us, we are reminded that Christ conquered the world when he died on the cross for our sins, so that we could have a life of peace and mercy.
These attacks are difficult to understand and process but by handing our concerns and fears over to Jesus, we are asking for His peace and His healing, as we move forward and love our neighbours as we love ourselves.