BECOMING UNBEATABLE-1 John 16:33 The Message
‘I’ve told you all this, so that trusting Me, you will be unshakable and assured, deeply at peace. In this godless world, you will continue to experience difficulties. But take heart! I’ve conquered the world’ (John 16:33, The Message)
According to John, this is Jesus’ last statement to His disciples before His arrest in the Garden of Gethsemane. I strongly believe that this profound truth is more needed now by the contemporary Christians than when Jesus first made it. This statement contains the antidote to becoming unbeatable.
You Can Be Unshakable
This world is filled with challenges, difficulties, hardships, hostilities, persecutions and tribulations. Christians, I must say, are the main targets of these unpleasant experiences. Jesus made this clearly to His disciples shortly before His arrest.
Our Lord Jesus Himself had to endure the Cross and the shame associated with it. He was even called a man of sorrows according to Isaiah 53. Paul and his companions experienced all kinds of hardships, insults, calamities and persecutions (2 Corinthians 12:10). For Peter, these persecutions are not strange (I Peter 4:12).
To the best of my knowledge, Jesus never promised that all will be rosy the moment a person believes in Him as Saviour and Lord. For Jesus, the early disciples and Apostles to have experienced those ugly situations, it means that God’s counsel is never to prevent tough circumstances from happening to His people. Rather, God’s profound promise is to make us unshakable. The prefix ‘un’ in any word always means the exact opposite. The word ‘shake’ means to move; to cause to quake, quiver, or tremble; to weaken; to dislodge; to upset. Thus, the Lord’s chief intention during tough times is to make you stable, steady, and strong such that no situation will be able to overpower you. God wants to make you solid like Mount Zion (Psalm 125:1).
Beloved, Jesus is the strength you need in increasing measure to become unshakable amidst the challenges and crisis of life. With Him as the captain of your life, no wind can conquer you. The peace He gives is what you need to overcome the pressure of the world.
Come to Jesus today, He is willing to receive you. He will cleanse you from all your sins. He will give you a brand new life.