“In this world you will have trouble, but take heart! I have overcome the world.” John 16:33
“Savior, worthy of honor and glory
Worthy of all our praise, You overcame
Jesus, awesome in power forever
Awesome and great is Your name, You overcame
Power in hand speaking the Father’s plan
You’re sending us out, light in this broken land.”
John Egan, Overcome
- Call your prayer partner for your 10-minute prayer call. If you are having trouble connecting, keep trying! If you don’t have someone to pray with, ask God to bring her to you! He is faithful and will provide!
- Cherished Daughter of the Most High, come. Delight yourself in His Word today. Ask Jesus to open your eyes to His truth; your heart to a deeper understanding of the depth of His love for you. Pray, “Come Holy Spirit, speak to me.” Read John 16.
Walking and Talking with Jesus
This beautiful passage, which is full of warnings and several promises, records the continuation of the final conversation between Jesus and His followers after the Last Supper. It is not known exactly where this conversation took place, but we know it was during the hours preceding Jesus’ intense prayer in the Garden of Gethsemane. With the Crucifixion looming ahead—the excruciating details of which He would have already known—these final instructions and teaching are a testament to Jesus’ selfless and loving nature. He focused on comforting His disciples and warning them of what was to come when, in fact, Jesus Himself desperately needed comforting that night. Frightened and confused by many of His warnings and vague declarations, the disciples struggled to make sense of what Jesus was saying.
Naturally, Jesus knew that His words would not be fully understood at the time, but His foresight not only demonstrated His deity but also prepared the disciples for the day when He would not be physically present. Many wonderful promises are made in this passage such as the assurance of the Holy Spirit coming as a counselor “to guide you into all truth.” Jesus also promised that their grief would turn to joy and that all His followers would be “scattered,” an echo of the prophecy in Zechariah: “Strike the shepherd, and the sheep will be scattered…” (Zechariah 13:7). As we know, believers were scattered to the four corners of the earth—a necessary occurrence for the Gospel to spread to all nations.
The promises of Jesus in John 16, though given to His disciples over two thousand years ago, are just as relevant today. We, as followers of Jesus, have the Holy Spirit to intercede for us, guide us, and convict us of our sin. Additionally, our grief will be turned to joy, and whatever we ask in Jesus’ name, we shall receive in accordance with His will. And finally, Jesus promised that life would be hard (verse 33), but to take comfort in the fact that He, the Savior of the World, has overcome it all—suffering, death, and sin. He came to reconcile us to God so that we might have peace and relationship with Him. He, our Savior and friend, desires to walk and talk with us, comforting, counseling, and preparing us for what lies ahead.
Blessings and Love,
Questions to Ponder
- After reading through this chapter of the book of John, were there any promises listed that God highlighted in your heart? Write them down!
Imagine that you’re in the garden with Jesus when He is talking with His closest followers and friends. What would you have asked Him if you had been there, sitting at His feet among the disciples? Write your question down, and ask the Holy Spirit to speak to you, giving you new insight and clarity.