Jesus was telling His disciples that the default setting in a fallen world is, “many trials and sorrows.” I wanted to hear Jesus tell them that after His resurrection all trials and sorrows will be over. I wanted to hear that, since the devil was defeated, I can relax and enjoy a smooth, trouble-free ride through this world until I reach Heaven.
However, Jesus told them that they could take heart because He had overcome the world. The world used to be undefeated, but Jesus came and broke that perfect record. In Him, we can overcome the world as well. With Him indwelling us by the Holy Spirit, we can be more than conquerors. We have the benefit of engaging the enemy with the same holy power that defeated him on resurrection day. Paul did a beautiful summary of what Jesus helped us obtain: