Indeed the hour is coming, yes, has now come, that you will be scattered, each to his own, and will leave Me alone. And yet I am not alone, because the Father is with Me. John 16:32 (NKJV)

When Jesus saw that His disciples truly understood who He was, He made a startling statement: Read what He said in John 16:32.

God’s plan for redemption did not include lifting the disciples out of their immediate surroundings. The pain and stress of facing life as children of God would never deliver them from the earthly reality of trouble. Jesus made that clear when He said, “In this world you will have trouble” (John 16:33 NIV).

Soon after He said those words, the agony of the Cross was His to bear. How did He withstand such tribulation? Christ’s life was anchored in the plan of the Father, not in the things of the world. Jesus was not worried about people and their false accusations, nor was He overwhelmed by trials or earthly tribulations. He had overcome the world.

What is His personal word to you when trials come without warning? “Take courage; I have overcome the world” (John 16:33 AMP).

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