John 16 : 33

These things I have spoken unto you, that in me ye might have peace. In the world ye shall have tribulation: but be of good cheer; I have overcome the world.

Reference:

W. Christopher Waddell, Second Councillor Presiding Bishopric, April 2016 general conference

What is the scriptural or historical context of this scripture:

Jesus is explaining things pertaining to the atonement and his mission to his disciples. Some of these things are hard to hear, and some are misunderstood until after the crucifixion. But he ends the chapter speaking of peace in the midst of persecution.

Related Scriptures

This always reminds me of one of my other favorites about peace. John 14:27

Thoughts about this scripture:

"I have spoken unto you, that in me ye might have peace."

Why does Christ say this? I think it is because we sometimes are caught up in the blessing of forgiveness and salvation that we forget for a time that we are still in this corrupted world surrounded by imperfection and being corrupt and corruptible and imperfect ourselves.

And then we find out. Again. That we are not yet perfect. We sin and fall short. We encounter opposition to our righteous desires and efforts. We are still mortal and encounter pain and die.

Christ wants us to know that just because we still have pain and trials, he hasn't forgotten us, but is warning us that this is still the case. But that we can find peace in him, by remembering his promise.

How does this strengthen my testimony

"I have overcome the world" is a great perspective and gift. No matter what happens in this life, Christ is the master and has overcome all things. He has the power to heal all wounds.

In my life, as I have experienced loss that sometimes feel great, it is a miracle that I can go to Christ and receive his healing. In the midst of trials, I may despair and wonder how this pain and tragedy can ever be made better. But that is "in the world" thinking. It can't be made better here. But Christ has overcome the world and so is not constrained by it.

And the hope and promise of salvation lets me to know that my wounds are healed in Christ and that I can have peace in this world because of the healing in the next world.