John 16 gives us another view behind the scenes of how much Jesus loves us. Jesus was facing His own crucifixion knowing what was going to happen to Him in the very near future. Yet, He was more concerned about not leaving His disciples alone. John 16:7 reads, “It is for your good that I am going away. Unless I go away, the Counsellor will not come to you.” What a selfless statement! Jesus knew that, after His death, His close friends, His disciples, would be persecuted by people who think they are offering a service to God by having them killed!
Jesus knew that they needed the power of the Holy Spirit to be able to stand firm in their faith in God. Jesus called the Holy Spirit “the Counsellor” and “the Spirit of truth” who would “convict the world of guilt in regard to sin and righteousness and judgment” (John16:8). The same power of the Holy Spirit is available to believers today (Romans 8:14, Galatians 5:18).
In our lifetime, we may not ever experience the persecution that His disciples faced. However, the world is becoming increasingly hostile. There are going to be times in our life where we may be tempted to fall away. We may feel like giving up on the pursuit of God or denying His Lordship over our lives. Sometimes it can be subtle, in front of a small crowd at work or school. You become afraid to make a stand out of fear of how they will respond. It is in those times we need to remember the final words of Jesus in this chapter:
“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.” – John 16:33
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