John 16

Reading for Monday, Jan. 23: John 16

This is yet another great chapter of unfiltered teaching straight from Jesus. He begins with an honest warning to His followers with regard to their spiritual futures: they will kick you out of the synagogues; they will kill you in the name of God (v2). Being shunned from religious life was no small matter in Judaism — imagine your home church rejecting you and the anxiety that would bring if you were relationally connected to others there. Jewish Christians faced this sort of revile for their faith in Christ. Moreover, their very lives were at risk because of their faith. We noted at Mayfair this morning that the word “witness” in Acts 1.8 — “you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem and in Judea and in Samaria and to the ends of the earth” — is the Greek word “martys” from which we get our word “martyr”. It’s the same word used to describe the death of Stephen in Acts 22 and the death of Antipas in Rev. 2. Jesus doesn’t sugarcoat it when He tells these disciples what their future will hold. But He bookends this teaching with some strong encouragement: “In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world!” (v33).

Jesus also gives some great insight into the work of the Spirit. According to Jesus, the Spirit convicts; guides the believers in all truth; tells them about the future (v13, NLT). Jesus is supremely confident in the Spirit’s power to lead His followers after He returns to the Father. The Spirit is proof that Jesus has not abandoned us, left us as orphans (John 14.18).

Finally, Jesus makes a bold promise: that the disciples’ grief will turn to joy. The glory of resurrection is the culmination of this promise for every believer. When Jesus walked out of that tomb, all of my grief, all of my sorrow, every one of my tears was transformed, swept up in an abounding, contagious joy in the knowledge that my Savior lives.

God sent His Son
They called Him Jesus
He came to love
Heal and forgive
He lived and died
To buy my pardon
An empty grave is there
To prove my Savior lives

Because He lives
I can face tomorrow
Because He lives
All fear is gone
Because I know
He holds the future
And life is worth the living
Just because He lives

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