I have overcome the world


“These things I have spoken to you in order that in me you might have peace. In the world you have trouble; but take courage, I have overcome the world.” John 16:33

This is a ringing announcement that [Jesus] has emerged triumphant in the lawsuit with the world, having reclaimed what was rightfully his, and that this makes all the difference for his followers, who are to live in that world and carry out their mission there, willing to accept persecution and pain because they are confident in their knowledge of whose world it is.

Andrew T. Lincoln, Truth on Trial: The Lawsuit Motif in the Fourth Gospel (Peabody, MA: Hendrickson, 2000), 262.