Wednesday, September 8, 2021
-28 “I’ve used figures of speech in telling you these things. Soon I’ll drop the figures and tell you about the Father in plain language. Then you can make your requests directly to him in relation to this life I’ve revealed to you. I won’t continue making requests of the Father on your behalf. I won’t need to. Because you’ve gone out on a limb, committed yourselves to love and trust in me, believing I came directly from the Father, the Father loves you directly. First, I left the Father and arrived in the world; now I leave the world and travel to the Father.”
29-30 His disciples said, “Finally! You’re giving it to us straight, in plain talk—no more figures of speech. Now we know that you know everything—it all comes together in you. You won’t have to put up with our questions anymore. We’re convinced you came from God.”
31-33 Jesus answered them, “Do you finally believe? In fact, you’re about to make a run for it—saving your own skins and abandoning me. But I’m not abandoned. The Father is with me. I’ve told you all this so that trusting me, you will be unshakable and assured, deeply at peace. In this godless world you will continue to experience difficulties. But take heart! I’ve conquered the world.”
-John 16:25-33 The Message
Verse 25: “These things I have spoken to you in figurative language; an hour is coming when I will no longer talk to you in figurative language but will tell you plainly of the Father.
Verse 26: In that day you will ask in My name, and I do not say to you that I will request of the Father on your behalf;
Verse 27: for the Father, Himself loves you because you have loved Me and have believed that I came forth from the Father.
Verses 23-27 studies: Jesus talked about a new relationship with believers and God. During those times, people approached God through Priests. After the resurrection, any believer approached God directly. All believers are priests; they can talk to God personally (Hebrews 10:19-23). We come to God because of our honor and because our high priest Jesus made us acceptable to God.
Verse 28: I came forth from the Father and have come into the world; I am leaving the world again and going to the Father.”
Verse 29: His disciples said, “Lo, now You are speaking plainly and are not using a figure of speech.
Verse 30: Now we know that You know all things, and have no need for anyone to question You; by this, we believe that You came from God.”
Verse 30 study: The disciples believe Jesus because they knew he knew everything. This belief is the first step towards faith they received from the Holy Spirit by letting him live in them.
Verse 31: Jesus answered them, “Do you now believe?
Verse 32: behold, an hour is coming, and has already come, for you to be scattered, each to his own home, and to leave Me alone; and yet I am not alone, because the Father is with Me.
Verse 32 study: The disciples went their different ways after Jesus’ arrest, although they promised never to leave Jesus (Mark 14:50).
Verse 33: These things I have spoken to you so that you may have peace in Me. In the world, you have tribulation, but take courage; I have overcome the world.”
Verses 31-33 studies: The unbelieving world is out of sync with Christ. This is expected as Christians to see the world out of sync. But keep in mind our relationship with Christ to have peace and comfort because we are in sync with him.
Verse 33 study: Jesus shared themes that night from 14:27-29, 16:1-4, 16:9-11. Take courage; although you will face struggles, you won’t be alone. Jesus doesn’t abandon you or your struggles. Remember, Jesus is always victorious. Thus, we can claim the peace of Christ in our most troublesome times.
Father, you never give up on us. The disciples gave up on you, but yet you never gave up on us. Thank you for your grace, your love, and your compassion to be the shining star in our lives. In Jesus’ name. Amen!