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Three 'cheers'

'Be of good cheer; I have overcome the world.' John 16:33

In the mid-eighties, Steven Patrick Morrissey dominated the British rock charts. Morrissey's songs had predominantly depressive themes. They dwelled on fractured relationships, lonely nightclubs, and the hopeless weight of the past. In short, Morrissey was a singer who lived a cheerless life in a minor key.

How different from the life Jesus called his followers to live! On three different occasions he encouraged his disciples to 'be of good cheer'. Bible teacher Philip De Courcy calls them 'the three cheers of the New Testament'. The first reason to be cheerful is because your sins are forgiven and forgotten in Christ (see Matthew 9:2). Because of Calvary, your faults and failings will never be used in judgment against you (see John 5:24). The second reason to be cheerful is because we're not fighting for victory but from the vantage point of victory. 'In the world you will have tribulation; but be of good cheer, I have overcome the world' (John 16:33). And the third reason to cheer is because Jesus will be with you no matter what life throws at you or who comes against you. Like the terrified disciples on board a storm-tossed boat, he will be there when you need him. You have his word on it: 'They were troubled...But immediately Jesus spoke to them, saying, "Be of good cheer! It is I; do not be afraid"' (Matthew 14:26-27).

Peace isn't the absence of storms. It's knowing that 'nothing in all creation can separate us from God's Christ Jesus our Lord' (Romans 8:39 ).

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