Several years ago I wrote and preached a sermon entitled "Cheer UP". I am going to give you a very small part of that sermon this today and Wednesday.
Notice the words in our text, "Be of good cheer, I have overcome the world." The Lord wants His people to be full of holy cheer. There are so many Christian walking around with a deflated, dejected, disturbed look. They look like they've been eating a bucket full of sour persimmons. I believe God is delighted when He sees His people with holy excitement which is by the Holy Spirit who lives in us. If you try to find lasting joy, encouragement, comfort, optimism, confidence, and cheerfulness in people, things and circumstances, you're going to be disappointed.
I'm going to give you three very quick examples from Matthew and John where Jesus told people to cheer up.
1. Cheer To The Saved Sinner (Matt. 9:2). Then behold, they brought to Him a paralytic lying on a bed. When Jesus saw their faith, He said to the paralytic, “Son, be of good cheer; your sins are forgiven you.”
2. Cheer To The Storm Tossed (Matt. 14:27). But immediately Jesus spoke to them, saying, “Be of good cheer! It is I; do not be afraid.”
3. Cheer To The Stirred (or troubled Jn. 16:33). These things I have spoken to you, that in Me you may have peace. In the world you will have tribulation; but be of good cheer, I have overcome the world.”
Someone has described "Cheer" as a “state of gladness and life which rises one above gloom and depression of spirit. If Christian people possessed more cheer, we could have a more pleasing disposition one to the other. We need to make up our minds that we are going to allow the Lord to cheer us up!
Wednesday I will finish by giving you the 3 point outline of three very special cheers. Have a great day and God Bless!