He has overcome the world, death (John 16:33)

"I have said these things to you, that in me you may have peace. In the world you will have tribulation. But take heart; I have overcome the world." - John 16:33

Today I was contemplating death. Not my own, just the significance of it. How we all die. How none of us can understand that we all die. How we all live in denial. How when someone we love dies we are shocked, genuinely believing it could never happen. How unnatural it seems despite the fact that its one of the few things that everyone has done (okay Biblical exceptions aside).

I've contemplated death before. Here, and Here.

But today I was thinking about how poorly I would handle it if someone I loved passed away. I used to be invincible. Now I have a wife and a daughter for whom I care far too much about. I suppose it's a good thing but it does lead me to fear. The more I love them the more horrifying the thought of their passing away. I suppose I'm really alright with them going after me, or my wife in a very old age, but any other way is unfathomable.

So it's interesting because I decided last night to write on this verse, but in the light of persecution; because I think we think about this verse we imagine it being about persecution. However, it also relates to death. The Lord hasn't just overcome the world in the sense that he has overcome our enemies, he has also overcome the world in death.

He has conquered death. So much so that 1 Corinthians 15:55 can say
"O death, where is your victory? O death, where is your sting?"

Because "Death is swallowed up in victory," when we -- the perishable -- put on the imperishable; when we -- the mortal -- put on the immortal.

Our God truly is awesome. He has overcome this world. He has overcome our adversary.

He has overcome death.

edit - p.s. shortly after writing this I found out Steven Curtis Chapman just lost a child. send a prayer their way.