John Lesson 21 Day 5

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John Lesson 21 Day 5

John 16:16-33

11. a. John 16:16-18 Jesus’ words confused the disciples, again.

“A little while, and you will see me no longer; and again a little while, and you will see me.” ESV

You will no longer see me—

The disciples did not know that Jesus was speaking of his arrest in an hour or two and his death the following day.

They would not see him for three days while he was in the tomb.

“During the interval between His death and resurrection the disciples lost their faith and spiritual vision, and no more beheld Him than did the world.” (Trench)

After a little while, you will see me. (You will look at me with a discerning sight. Wuest)

Jesus’ death was not the end. It was a new beginning.

After those three days, he would rise from the dead and appear to them and others many times before he ascended to the Father.

“‘And again a little while shall elapse, and then ye-shall-see-Me (ψεσθέμε), i.e. with bodily eyes.’ When the short interval between His death and resurrection had elapsed, then they should see Him with their bodily eyes.” (Trench)

b. Jesus knew they wanted to ask him what he meant.

When the disciples didn’t understand what Jesus said about seeing him again, some of them asked each other what he meant.

Jesus read their hearts and minds as he often did. He knew their questions even though he did not hear their conversation. The same is true for us. See Psalm 139:1-6. We need to take our questions directly to the Lord.

They should have asked him instead of discussing it among themselves.

Jesus responded, “Very truly I tell you, you will weep and mourn while the world rejoices. You will grieve, but your grief will turn to joy.” John 16:20 NIV

Then he shared this example to illustrate the spiritual truth. When a woman gives birth, she experiences pain. But when she delivers the baby, “she forgets about the the anguish because of her joy that a child is born into the world.” John 16:21

c. John 16:22

The disciples and other followers of Jesus would experience grief when they saw Jesus spit on, beaten, and crucified. They would rejoice when he conquered death and they see him alive again.

Jesus reassured the disciples that “their joy would be great and permanent knowing that the atonement was made, the victory gained, and (the) kingdom of heaven opened to all believers.” (Adam Clarke)

12. a. Promise in John 16:25-28

“I will tell you plainly about the Father.”

“You will ask in my name. I am not saying that I will ask the Father on your behalf. No, the Father himself loves you because you have loved me and have believed that I came from God.”

Under the old covenant, approaching God required a mediator—A priest and a sacrifice because of man’s sin and God’s holiness.  Jesus became our sacrifice and our High Priest mediator (Hebrews 3:1 and Hebrews 9:15).

“However, Jesus’ mediation was greater than anything that had ever existed before in that He not only was pure but also actually cleansed and purified the ones whom He was representing.” (Andrew Wommack Living Commentary)

Now we can “approach the throne of grace with confidence, so that we may receive mercy and find grace to help in our time of need.” Hebrews 4:16 (BSB)

b. Disciples profession

“Ah, now you are speaking plainly and not using figurative speech! Now we know that you know all things and do not need anyone to question you; this is why we believe that you came from God.” John 16:29-30 ESV

c. Holy Spirit

1 Corinthians 2:10-16 . . . “For the Spirit searches everything, even the depths of God. . . . So also no one comprehends the thoughts of God except the Spirit of God.”

Just as he promised, Jesus sent Holy Spirit. I prayed and received, so I now have access to seek God’s thoughts.

13. Jesus brings hope and strength.

“I have said these things to you, that in me you may have peace. In the world you will have tribulation. But take heart; I have overcome the world.” John 16:33

The world is in serious turmoil and tribulation. I am encouraged when I see outbreaks of revival in the midst of rampant sin, unbelief, and mockery of the truth.


My answers to BSF study questions on John Lesson 21 Day 5 John 16:16-33