John 16:23-33 (NLT)
25 “I have spoken of these matters in figures of speech, but soon I will stop speaking figuratively and will tell you plainly all about the Father. 26 Then you will ask in my name. I’m not saying I will ask the Father on your behalf, 27 for the Father himself loves you dearly because you love me and believe that I came from God. 28 Yes, I came from the Father into the world, and now I will leave the world and return to the Father.” 29 Then his disciples said, “At last you are speaking plainly and not figuratively. 30 Now we understand that you know everything, and there’s no need to question you. From this we believe that you came from God.” 31 Jesus asked, “Do you finally believe? 32 But the time is coming—indeed it’s here now—when you will be scattered, each one going his own way, leaving me alone. Yet I am not alone because the Father is with me. 33 I have told you all this so that you may have peace in me. Here on earth you will have many trials and sorrows. But take heart, because I have overcome the world.”
For Jesus these are some of the parting words to the disciples. He is letting them know He is returning to the Father in heaven. He also lets them know there is a time where they will be scattered to go their own way to let others know about the things which have taken place. He reminds them God is with them, yet here on earth there are many pains and sorrows they will go through. But they are to remember even though they face such challenges; Christ has defeated the sin of the world.
Christ died for the sins of the word. In doing so he overcame the world so we might live eternally with Him in heaven. While we live out our lives here on earth waiting for our time of death there are pains and sorrows we each face. But Christ is always there to strengthen us and see us through any trial. There are some people who think being accepted into heaven is like a bank. Good deeds are deposits and the bad deeds are the withdrawals made from the account. As long as the account has a positive balance they think they are heaven bound. However if they believe the account is overdrawn then it is off to hell. The truth is when a person has accepted Christ the bank account is closed out. There are no deposits or withdrawals to be made. Christ took care of the account and supplies all our needs. Praise our Savior who gave His life for us. What better friend than one who gives their life for another.