A Meditation: On John 16:33 // A Good Christian Is A Great Escapist //

by Matheus Yuhlung

“[…] In the world ye shall have tribulation: but be of good cheer; I have overcome the world” – John 16:33

My dictionary explains Escapism as an inclination to retreat from unpleasant realities through diversion or fantasy. An escapist hence, is a person who escapes into a world of fantasy. For example: a drunkard who prefers to drink – get intoxicated so as to ignore the horrid realities of his life.

Likewise, Christians aren’t immune to tribulations of life as well – but they are immune to the war that it wages in one’s heart; meaning when you are in Christ you are in peace no matter what your outward situation be. And how should one reminds oneself of this peace? By escaping (fortunately) not to a world of fantasies but to a real world of joy and bliss that Christ is preparing for us.

Consider this: if the Israelites during their exodus could stay content in the preparations that God had made for them – persist through the hardships – contemplate on the joy of the Promised Land; there won’t be any need to wonder for forty years in wilderness.

Hence, dear reader – if you are going through tribulations in life, hold your peace – persist; escape – contemplate – about the place that is being prepared by the one who confidently says I HAVE OVERCOME THE WORLD.