"... Be of good cheer; I have overcome the world." (John 16:33)
That is the triumphant note of Jesus'
message. As a Christian develops in the
spirit, the Cross begins to fill his life.
The Cross fills his thoughts. To
get any victory he comes again to the Cross.
It was at the Cross his resistance to God first broke down. It was there he got a broken spirit. Here
pride leaves us and the spirit of humility takes hold of us. It begins with the sense of
unworthiness. We pray, 'Lord have mercy' - only mercy - only grace - there are no merits
in us for a plea. It is at the Cross all
our righteousness becomes filthy rags.
These are the benefits we are loaded with. First the sense of
unworthiness and then the forgiveness of sins and then the sense of victory. 'He has overcome and so I will
overcome.' Why? - because
His nature has come into us. We are made
into spiritual men to exercise God's power.
The Jews ate bitter herbs with unleavened bread:
you will eat bitter herbs but they will not make your life bitter. They ate bitter herbs, but that very night
they marched out of