The Gospel of John is written that you and I might believe.
Not cross our fingers
Not wish on a star.
Not dream about.
John the Baptist called us to believe (John 1:7).
Jesus called us to believe through his signs and miracles. Some believed, others not. (John 2:11, 4:53, 9:37, 11:45-46, and the unforgettable 6:66).
As we tuck ourselves in the upper room, Jesus instructs:
Believe in God, believe in me (14:1).
If you want to know God, know Christ. If you want to believe in God, believe in Christ.
As we dive into today’s reading #LentChallenge Beloved in John 16:1-15, we discover…
Even the sturdiest belief will be challenged.
A sadness sinks into our hearts. The disciples feel the inky emotional weight, too.
But Jesus doesn’t leave us or the disciples there.
The Precious One promises that a Friend is on the way. The Holy Spirit will help us make sense both of what has happened and what is about to happen.
He will tell you what is yet to come. (16:13)
That same verb “declare” or “announce” appears more than 50 times in the book of Isaiah. This is one of the gifts of God—He declares what is to come.
If you peak into John 16:16-33, Jesus promises grief will transform into joy right before our eyes, right within our hearts.
I will see you again, and your heart shall rejoice, and your joy no man taketh for you (16:22).
Ask, and ye shall receive, that your joy may be full. (16:24)
Be of good cheer, I have overcome the world (16:33).
Reading John 16 plunged me into an emotional washing machine.
All the feels. Sad. Mad. Happy. Hopeful.
But it’s the last line that gripped my heart.
Be of good cheer, I have overcome the world (16:33)
That verb for “overcome” only occurs once in the Old Testament in Psalm 51:4 (which is referred to in Romans 3:4)*.
And it refers to God as a Conquerer.
The One who is proved right when He speaks, the One who prevails when he judges.
As I read this, I was suddenly aware of how little comfort I take in these words of Jesus.
All too often I forget Jesus has overcome the world. So I think I have to do it on my own.
Yet good cheer awaits when we remember…
We are not alone.
We do not face anything for which Christ is unfamiliar.
We can lean into the Holy Spirit and ask, “What do you want me to do today?”
We can look to Christ who has Conquered all.
Today, will you join me in allowing those words to rumble and roll within our spiritual bellies?
Be of good cheer, I have overcome the world.
What did you least want to read, but most need to hear in today’s reading?
(If you have any questions post them below. We’ll be collecting and gathering responses for insight from New Testament scholar, Craig Blomberg in the upcoming weeks).
Day 29: John 16:1-15 Discussion Questions:
- What role does the Holy Spirit play in your life?
- Ask the Holy Spirit, “What do you want me to today?” Live spiritually alert to how He might answer.
- How has your belief in God been challenged, strengthened, or deepened during this study of the Gospel of John.
- Using the Color Method, what stood out to you most from today’s reading?
- What do you find most challenging about today’s reading? What do you find most comforting about today’s reading?
*John by Andreas J. Kostenberger pp. 149-150.