“Take heart; I have overcome the world.” Though Jesus had not yet
gone to the cross, his victory over sin, death, and the devil was sure
to be won. By dying on the cross, he would win the decisive battle,
such that all opposition to his kingdom would be pointless.
Because Jesus has overcome the world, there would be many blessing for
the disciples and for believers during the new age. They would have a
full knowledge of God, they would experience God’s love as they pray,
and they would be fulfilled through Christ’s accomplishment.
The disciples thought they understood what Jesus was saying. Indeed,
they did understand a great deal, since they were able to say that
Jesus spoke the words of God and was sent by the Father. Yet, Jesus
warned them that they should not be overly optimistic. As he, the
shepherd, was struck down, his sheep would surely be scattered. Yet,
their faith would remain, and would grow much stronger as they
realized that Jesus brings true peace between God and men.