Tuesday, September 7, 2021
16 “In a day or so you’re not going to see me, but then in another day or so you will see me.”
Joy Like a River Overflowing
17-18 That stirred up a hornet’s nest of questions among the disciples: “What’s he talking about: ‘In a day or so you’re not going to see me, but then in another day or so you will see me’? And, ‘Because I’m on my way to the Father’? What is this ‘day or so’? We don’t know what he’s talking about.”
19-20 Jesus knew they were dying to ask him what he meant, so he said, “Are you trying to figure out among yourselves what I meant when I said, ‘In a day or so you’re not going to see me, but then in another day or so you will see me? Then fix this firmly in your mind: You’re going to be in deep mourning while the godless world throws a party. You’ll be sad, unfortunate, but your sadness will develop into gladness.
21-23 “When a woman gives birth, she has a hard time; there’s no getting around it. But when the baby is born, there is joy in the delivery. This new life in the world wipes out the memory of the pain. The sadness you have right now is similar to that pain, but the coming joy is also identical. When I see you again, you’ll be full of fun, and it will be a joy no one can rob from you. You’ll no longer be so full of questions.
23-24 “This is what I want you to do: Ask the Father for whatever is in keeping with the things I’ve revealed to you. Ask in my name, according to my will, and he’ll most certainly give it to you. Your joy will be a river overflowing its banks!
-John 16:16-24 The Message
Jesus Teaches about Using His Name in Prayer
Verse 16: “A little while, and you will no longer see Me; and again a little while, and you will see Me.”
Verses 1-16 studies: These verses remind us that when Jesus had his last moments with his disciples, Jesus did the following:
- Warned them about further persecution
- Told them were, when, and why he was going
- Assured them they will not be left alone.
The Spirit would come as Jesus knew what the future would hold. That’s why he wanted the disciples to see that they will not be alone. That’s the purpose of the Holy Spirit, to comfort, teach you the truth and help you.
Verse 16 study: This verse is Jesus letting them know about his death, which is only a few hours away, and his resurrection is three days away.
Verse 17: Some of His disciples then said to one another, “What is this thing He is telling us, ‘A little while, and you will not see Me; and again a little while, and you will see Me’; and, ‘because I go to the Father’?”
Verse 18: So they were saying, “What is this that He says, ‘A little while? We do not know what He is talking about.
Verse 19: Jesus knew that they wished to question Him, and He said to them, “Are you deliberating together about this, that I said, ‘A little while, and you will not see Me, and again a little while, and you will see Me?
Verse 20: “Truly, truly, I say to you, that you will weep and lament, but the world will rejoice; you will grieve, but your grief will be turned into joy.
Verse 21: Whenever a woman is in labor, she has pain because her hour has come; when she gives birth to the child, she no longer remembers the anguish because of the joy that a child has been born into the world.
Verse 22: There you too have grief now, but I will see you again, and your heart will rejoice, and no one will take your joy away from you.
Verse 23: On that day, you will not question Me about anything. Truly, truly, I say to you, if you ask the Father for anything in My name, He will give it to you.
Verse 24: Until now, you have asked for nothing in My name; ask and you will receive, so that your joy may be made complete.
Verse 20 study: It’s interesting to know the world rejoiced as the disciples wept. The good news is the disciples got to see him three days later. The world has different values from God. This made Christians feel different from the world. When life gets difficult, we can rejoice. Stay focused on the future and God’s promises.
Father, this world comes with pain and joy. Thank you for allowing us to experience pain for happiness. It is a lesson in our lives to make us stronger and wiser. Thank you for your love and grace. In Jesus’ name. Amen!