Heavenly Father, we come before You with a broken and contrite heart. We claim the promise of the beatitudes that the poor in spirit will be blessed, in Jesus’ name, Amen.
John 16: 1- 33, Holy Spirit, Part 2.
VV 1-5, 1 “All this I have told you so that you will not fall away. 2 They will put you out of the synagogue; in fact, the time is coming when anyone who kills you will think they are offering a service to God. 3 They will do such things because they have not known the Father or me. 4 I have told you this so that when their time comes you will remember that I warned you about them. I did not tell you this from the beginning because I was with you, 5 but now I am going to him who sent me. None of you asks me, ‘Where are you going?’
Jesus was speaking to His disciples about His death, burial, resurrection, ascension, and glorification. Jesus prophesied that His disciples will face persecutions from the Jews after His glorification. He warned them beforehand to prepare them before it happened.
VV 6-11, 6 Rather, you are filled with grief because I have said these things. 7 But very truly I tell you, it is for your good that I am going away. Unless I go away, the Advocate will not come to you; but if I go, I will send him to you. 8 When he comes, he will prove the world to be in the wrong about sin and righteousness and judgment:9 about sin, because people do not believe in me; 10 about righteousness, because I am going to the Father, where you can see me no longer; 11 and about judgment, because the prince of this world now stands condemned.
After His glorification, Jesus will ask His Father to send the Holy Spirit to His disciples and us, to be our helper, advocate, counsellor, teacher, and truth revealer. The Holy Spirit will convict the world of sin, righteousness, and judgment.
VV 12-15, 12 “I have much more to say to you, more than you can now bear. 13 But when he, the Spirit of truth, comes, he will guide you into all the truth. He will not speak on his own; he will speak only what he hears, and he will tell you what is yet to come.14 He will glorify me because it is from me that he will receive what he will make known to you. 15 All that belongs to the Father is mine. That is why I said the Spirit will receive from me what he will make known to you.”
The Holy Spirit of Truth will guide His disciples and us into the truth of scriptures and the good news of the gospel. The Holy Spirit will only say what He hears from Jesus and will glorify Jesus and not Himself.
VV 16- 19, 16 Jesus went on to say, “In a little while you will see me no more, and then after a little while you will see me.” 17 At this, some of his disciples said to one another, “What does he mean by saying, ‘In a little while you will see me no more, and then after a little while you will see me,’ and ‘Because I am going to the Father’?” 18 They kept asking, “What does he mean by ‘a little while’? We don’t understand what he is saying.” 19 Jesus saw that they wanted to ask him about this, so he said to them, “Are you asking one another what I meant when I said, ‘In a little while you will see me no more, and then after a little while you will see me’?
In less than 24 hours, Jesus will be going to the cross and return to His Father. The disciples discussed among each other and did not understand but Jesus knew what they were thinking.
VV20- 22, 20 Very truly I tell you, you will weep and mourn while the world rejoices. You will grieve, but your grief will turn to joy. 21 A woman giving birth to a child has pain because her time has come; but when her baby is born she forgets the anguish because of her joy that a child is born into the world. 22 So with you: Now is your time of grief, but I will see you again and you will rejoice, and no one will take away your joy.
When the Jews succeeded in killing Jesus, His disciples will run away, weeping, and mourning while the world rejoiced. But when the Risen Christ appears to them, their sorrows will turn into joy, like a woman in labor. 1 Peter 1:3, ‘’Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ! In his great mercy, he has given us new birth into a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead’’
VV23- 28, 23 In that day you will no longer ask me anything. Very truly I tell you, my Father will give you whatever you ask in my name. 24 Until now you have not asked for anything in my name. Ask and you will receive, and your joy will be complete.
25 “Though I have been speaking figuratively, a time is coming when I will no longer use this kind of language but will tell you plainly about my Father. 26 In that day you will ask in my name. I am not saying that I will ask the Father on your behalf.27 No, the Father himself loves you because you have loved me and have believed that I came from God. 28 I came from the Father and entered the world; now I am leaving the world and going back to the Father.”
From now on, if His disciples and us wanted anything, they, and we, can ask the Father directly in Jesus’ name. Jesus is the intermediary between man and God. 1 Timothy 2:5, “For, there is one God and one Mediator who can reconcile God and humanity, the man Christ Jesus”. We do not need any other human intermediary. We can come boldly before His throne of grace in the name of Jesus. Jesus came from the Father through His incarnation and would leave the world through His death, burial, resurrection, ascension, and glorification.
VV29-33, 29 Then Jesus’ disciples said, “Now you are speaking clearly and without figures of speech. 30 Now we can see that you know all things and that you do not even need to have anyone ask you questions. This makes us believe that you came from God.” 31 “Do you now believe?” Jesus replied. 32 “A time is coming and in fact has come when you will be scattered, each to your own home. You will leave me all alone. Yet I am not alone, for my Father is with me. 33 “I have told you these things, so that in me you may have peace. In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world.”
The disciples claimed they had finally understood and believed that Jesus came from God. Jesus knew that soon His disciples will abandon Him for fear of the Jews and Peter will deny Him three times. In this world, even though His disciples and us will face tribulations, we need not fear because Jesus had triumphed over the world.
Heavenly Father, we pray for the peace that transcends all understanding. We cast our anxieties and cares upon You, in Jesus Name, Amen.