John 16:16-33

Jesus starts out by reminding the disciples of His upcoming death, burial, and resurrection (16-22). They will experience sorrow, but that sorrow will turn into joy because they will see Him again! Although we haven’t seen Him physically, we experience that same joy:

1 Peter 1:8-9 “You have not seen him, but you love him. You do not see him now but you believe in him, and so you rejoice with an indescribable and glorious joy, because you are attaining the goal of your faith—the salvation of your souls.”

Once again we’re struck with a conundrum: why don’t we get everything we pray for (23-24)? The problem is that asking in Jesus’ name isn’t a magic formula, it’s a way of understanding. John, who records Jesus word’s here for us, give us some additional insight in one of his letters:

1 John 5:14-15 “And this is the confidence that we have before him: that whenever we ask anything according to his will, he hears us. And if we know that he hears us in regard to whatever we ask, then we know that we have the requests that we have asked from him.”

Jesus reminds us that knowing and loving Him means having a relationship with the Father as well, which is important (25-33)! We need that assurance because Jesus is going away, and because we, like the disciples, are prone to fail! The blessing is that our relationship with the Father, because of Jesus, through the Holy Spirit, will help us to have peace and to overcome the difficulties of the world!

1 John 5:4-5 “because everyone who has been fathered by God conquers the world. This is the conquering power that has conquered the world: our faith. Now who is the person who has conquered the world except the one who believes that Jesus is the Son of God?”

Romans 8:31-39 “What then shall we say about these things? If God is for us, who can be against us? Indeed, he who did not spare his own Son, but gave him up for us all—how will he not also, along with him, freely give us all things? Who will bring any charge against God’s elect? It is God who justifies. Who is the one who will condemn? Christ is the one who died (and more than that, he was raised), who is at the right hand of God, and who also is interceding for us. Who will separate us from the love of Christ? Will trouble, or distress, or persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or danger, or sword? As it is written, ‘For your sake we encounter death all day long; we were considered as sheep to be slaughtered.’ No, in all these things we have complete victory through him who loved us! For I am convinced that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor heavenly rulers, nor things that are present, nor things to come, nor powers, nor height, nor depth, nor anything else in creation will be able to separate us from the love of God in Christ Jesus our Lord.”

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