John 16 Meditation

John 16 Thoughts, April 28, 2019

It is Passover, where the story of the Passover Lamb is being shared. In the Upper Room, Jesus talks to his disciples. John 16 seems so relevant today. A week after Easter. Grieving with those who grieve recent losses. Remembering my mom. 

At the end, Jesus tells us to have peace in Him. That though we have trials, HE HAS OVERCOME THE WORLD!

Some key phrases seemed highlighted to me today in John 16 from the NLT version:

“so that you won’t abandon your faith…

And when he [the Holy Spirit] comes, he will convict the world of its sin, and of God’s righteousness, and of the coming judgment…

..sin is that it refuses to believe in me…

Righteousness is available because I go to the Father…

Judgment…the ruler of this world has already been judged…

When the Spirit of truth comes, he will guide you into all truth…

…about the future…

…bring me glory…

The Spirit will tell you whatever he receives from me…

I tell you the truth, you will weep and mourn over what is going to happen to me…

…your grief will suddenly turn to wonderful joy…

no one can rob you of that joy…

Ask, using my name, and you will receive, and you will have abundant joy…

I have told you all this so that you may have peace in me. Here on earth you will have many trials and sorrows. But take heart, because I have overcome the world.”

The song going through my head is “I Will Rise” by Chris Tomlin.

There's a peace I've come to know
Though my heart and flesh may fail
There's an anchor for my soul
I can say "It is well"

Jesus has overcome
And the grave is overwhelmed
The victory is won
He is risen from the dead

And I will rise when He calls my name
No more sorrow, no more pain
I will rise on eagles' wings
Before my God fall on my knees
And rise
I will rise

And I hear the voice of many angels sing,
"Worthy is the Lamb"
And I hear the cry of every longing heart,
"Worthy is the Lamb"

Worthy is the Lamb! He has overcome the grave! He has overcome the world! Victory is His! He will call me home some day. And I will rise and join Him. As will all those who believe in Jesus and receive His salvation, the forgiveness of sins and the life everlasting. 

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