John 16 Meditation

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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Worship and Learn Something New

You can sing songs over and over again, and suddenly, a word or lyric catches you, and you wonder what it was you were singing about. Today, for me, it was Come Thou Fount of Every Blessing!

Verse 2:

Here I raise my Ebenezer,
Hither by Thy help I’ve come;
And I hope, by Thy good pleasure,
Safely to arrive at home.
Jesus sought me when a stranger,
Wandering from the fold of God;
He, to rescue me from danger,
Interposed His precious blood.

Here I raise my Ebenezer? What’s an ebenezer? Like Scrooge? Google to the rescue. Here’s some of what I’ve found:

“Then Samuel took a stone and set it up between Mizpah and Shen and called its name Ebenezer; for he said, “Till now the Lord has helped us.””  1 Samuel‬ ‭7:12‬ ‭ESV‬‬

“Then Samuel took a stone and set it between Mizpah and Shen, and he called the name of it Ebenezer [stone of help], saying, Heretofore the Lord has helped us.” 1 Samuel‬ ‭7:12‬ ‭AMPC‬‬

From housetohouse.com: “This hymn, written by Robert Robinson in 1758, stresses the joy of Christianity and the Christian’s need to rely on the Lord. Robinson chose the phrase, Here I raise my Ebenezer, from 1 Samuel 7:12, because it reminds God’s people how He he delivered Israel from danger.

Chapters 4 through 7 of 1 Samuel describe a series of battles between the Israelites and the Philistines. In an attempt to defeat the Philistines, the Israelites took the ark of the covenant into battle as a sort of good luck charm. To their anguish, however, the Philistines captured the ark and took it back to their pagan temple. God then sent plagues upon the Philistines and caused the idol of their god Dagon to fall over on its face. Fearing God, the Philistines sent the ark back to the Israelites, but continued to fight. As they fought more battles, the prophet Samuel led the Israelites as their last judge. As prophet and judge, Samuel offered sacrifices to God, so that when the Philistines approached, God thundered with a great thunder (1 Samuel 7:10). In the confusion that followed, the Israelites soundly debfeated the Philistines.”

From Apologetic Press: “The word Ebenezer comes from the Hebrew words ’Eben hà-ezer (eh’-ben haw-e’-zer), which simply mean “stone of help”….. When Robinson wrote his lyrics, he followed the word Ebenezer with the phrase, “Here by Thy great help I’ve come.” An Ebenezer, then, is simply a monumental stone set up to signify the great help that God granted the one raising the stone. In Robinson’s poem, it figuratively meant that the writer—and all who subsequently sing the song—acknowledge God’s bountiful blessings and help in their lives.”

Here (right now) I (Becky) raise my ebenezer, a stone to represent all God has helped me with, hither (to this place, this time) by God’s help I’ve come.

Altars were built of stones to commemorate an event, often a miracle, where God stepped in and showed His power and might. These stones, or altars were often given a name. This name and the altar was to remind the people of what God had done.

I need to research these altars!