Did you realize that Jesus had already conquered the world before He went to the cross?
“I have conquered the world!” John 16:33
When He came riding in to Jerusalem on a donkey, it was not a demonstration of what would be. It was a declaration of a current reality.
He headed to the cross to conquer death, and bring back the keys of the grave, but the world was a defeated foe.
Well - it’s couched in terms of trouble.
“You will find trouble in the world—but, never lose heart…” John 16:33
What kind of trouble?
He demonstrated the defeat of disease, leprosy, blindness, even death when He healed the sick and raised the dead.
He demonstrated the defeat of the elements when He calmed the sea and walked on water.
He demonstrated the defeat of poverty and lack when He fed the multitude with a boys lunch.
He demonstrated the defeat of temptation when He looked in Peter’s eyes and said “Get behind me satan.”
He demonstrated the defeat of hypocrisy when He sat and ate with tax collectors and prostitutes.
He demonstrated the defeat of man-run religion when He lambasted the pharisees for their own hypocrisy.
Do you have troubles?
Don’t lose heart.
Jesus has conquered the world.
Shine where you're screwed in.