John 16 (ESV)
“I have said all these things to you to keep you from falling away. 2 They will put you out of the synagogues. Indeed, the hour is coming when whoever kills you will think he is offering service to God. 3 And they will do these things because they have not known the Father, nor me. 4 But I have said these things to you, that when their hour comes you may remember that I told them to you. “I did not say these things to you from the beginning, because I was with you. 5 But now I am going to him who sent me, and none of you asks me, ‘Where are you going?’ 6 But because I have said these things to you, sorrow has filled your heart. 7 Nevertheless, I tell you the truth: it is to your advantage that I go away, for if I do not go away, the Helper will not come to you. But if I go, I will send him to you. 8 And when he comes, he will convict the world concerning sin and righteousness and judgment: 9 concerning sin, because they do not believe in me; 10 concerning righteousness, because I go to the Father, and you will see me no longer; 11 concerning judgment, because the ruler of this world is judged . . . Continue Reading
In John 16:1, Jesus continues the previous chapter’s instruction (John 15:1-27) saying, “I have said all these things to you to keep you from falling away.” This reminds me of the Parable of the Sower when Jesus explains the meaning of the “rocky ground” hearers that “fall away.” I don’t want to be a rocky ground (or thorny ground) hearer! (Matthew 13:18-23)
What has hit me in a new way this morning is how wonderful it is to have a glimpse “behind-the-scenes” with Jesus instructing His disciples. What value we have to be a part of their conversations and instruction and not regulated to what “the crowd” heard from Jesus.
I also love how honest the Bible is – revealing that even after Jesus explained things, they were left scratching their heads at times. But then The Teacher reveals things further and “KAPLOWEEE”…they get it! “Ah, now you are speaking plainly and not using figurative speech! 30 Now we know that you know all things and do not need anyone to question you; this is why we believe that you came from God.” (John 16:29-30)
Then Jesus once again tells them (us) why He has said these things, “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).
That is so comforting especially in light of what Jesus said earlier in John 16:2, “They will put you out of the synagogues. Indeed, the hour is coming when whoever kills you will think he is offering service to God.”
Oh Father, give me this peace that no matter what I face, I can take heart because Jesus has overcome the world. I surrender myself to you, my Sovereign God so that the peace that surpasses understanding may me mine, even in the face of death.