16:33 These things I have spoken to you, that in Me you may have peace. In the world you will have tribulation; but be of good cheer, I have overcome the world.”
That's the verse in English. Now read it again with key words defined using the original Greek words and their definitions inserted.
16:33 These things I have spoken to you, that in Me you may have peace: (1515 eirḗnē (from eirō, "to join, tie together into a whole") – properly,wholeness, i.e. when all essential parts are joined together; peace (God's gift of wholeness).) In the world you will have trouble: (2347 thlípsis – properly, pressure (what constricts or rubs together), used of a narrow place that "hems someone in"; tribulation, especially internal pressure that causes someone to feel confined (restricted, "without options"); but be of good cheer: (2293 / tharséō ("emboldened to show courage") refers to God bolstering the believer, empowering them with a bold inner-attitude (to be "of good courage"). For the believer, 2293 /tharséō("showing boldness") is the result of the Lord infusing His strength by His in working of faith ("inbirthed persuasion," 4102 /pístis). Showing this unflinching, bold courage means living out the inner confidence (innerbolstering) that is Spirit-produced.), I have overcome: (3528 nikáō (from 3529 /níkē, "victory") – properly, conquer (overcome); " 'to carry off the victory, come off victorious.' The verb implies a battle".) the world.”
You may know more Greek than you think. Did you notice Nike (victory) on your way through. Perhaps you have worn victory(Nike) on your feet before. Yes it is true that one of the Greek gods was named Nike but how fitting for the Christian to have victory on his or her feet when we know that victory is wholeness (peace). Paul says our feet are to be dressed in the gospel (good news) of peace (victorious wholeness).
When I first started to read the Bible for myself as a youth it was boring and confusing yet I knew God was in there so I kept reading. As I keep reading He keeps stretching my mind and making connections I have never seen before. The reality is that once you start to see the incredible interconnectedness of a collection of books and letters and songs written over thousands of years by men who never knew each other you cannot help but see a Divine hand. Men wrote things that I am sure they didn't fully grasp and then years later a stranger hearing that same Voice picks up the pen or quill and writes again creating an unbreakable chain of Truth.
In this one verse is so much truth and power that it is frankly staggering. How Jesus managed to say so much in so few words is nearly unbelievable.
Let me illustrate just using a few Bible names. Moses means 'rescued from water'. Humanity was rescued from water literally in the flood and figuratively rescued from the flood of evil, a theme John uses in Revelation 12. Moses was rescued from water as a baby and figuratively he rescued the Hebrew people from Pharaoh's flood of evil. Joshua took over after Moses died and his name means 'the one who saves' and it was Joshua who lead them into the Promised Land saving them from the wilderness. The Promised land ended up being no solution because the inner troubles that had kept them in the wilderness came with them into the Promised land. We can leave places and people but we can't flee ourselves...
The names Joshua and Jesus are the exact same name just in different languages. That is why Gabriel told Mary "You will name Him Jesus because He will save His people from their sins."
The word save literally means 'to heal'. The end result of healing is wholeness.
Now the literal father of the nation of Israel was named Jacob at birth. It means usurper or one who is underhanded. He spent his early life trying to trick his way into his older brother's inheritance, fully living up to his name. Failure after failure and a life of running from his past drove him straight into God. In his fear and helplessness due to his inner troubles he begged God for the real blessing, the true inheritance, inner wholeness and peace - Nike. God granted his request and changed his name to Israel which means 'overcomer'.
Do you see it? Each one of us has trouble because we are all messed up on the inside. We are repeatedly flooded by the brokenness and turmoil within our own person. We need to be Moses (rescued) by Joshua (Jesus, the One who saves/heals) so that we can be Israels (overcomers). This brokenness of ours is what caused the hymn writer William Kirkpatrick to pen "I'm tired of sin and straying Lord..."
But here's the thing. We get all bent out of shape and discouraged because we choose Jesus and continue to be troubled by the flood of turmoil inside of us. There is this immense pressure inside us to both run to and run from Him. We choose loyalty, we believe He is the One and yet there is a longing to flee. Pressures from outside awaken doubts and fears on the inside and we fail. Again. And again...
What Jesus summarizes and says here in one singular verse is a literal explosion of grace. He says to His closest 11 who love Him but because of their inner troubles are about to fail Him (again) "In this world you will have this inner pressure to bend and break but BUT BUT BUT be of good courage, be bold, be unfazed and undaunted by it because I have overcome. I Am Israel. I am the Father of overcoming and anyone born to Me has that as his or her inheritance!"
When do we fully receive an inheritance...?
"Be cheerful. Be of good courage. Don't be ashamed of you, but rather be proud of Me. I know your struggles. I have overcome for you. My victory will work your healing."