April 28/John 16

Verse 1 > What things did Jesus tell them so they wouldn’t abandon their faith. Well starting with chapter 14 he told them that he was going to prepare a place for them in heaven. That believing in him was the only way to see the heavenly Father. That the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit would take up residence in them. That the Father would take care of them like a master gardener takes care of a garden. That they were to remain in Jesus by obeying the teaching that he taught them. That they were expected to bear fruit and that they would be Jesus’ friends. That the Father would give them what they asked for in the name of Jesus. They were going to need all the heavenly help they could get because living for Jesus was not going to be easy.

I guess the first clue for us that living for Jesus might not be a cakewalk was when Paul threw us the armor of God in Ephesians 6 and said to put it on! So I guess there should be no complaining when tough times come because we were warned in advance.

Verses 2-9 > Jesus’ is saying, “When I leave bad things are going to happen to you but it is for the best that I go.” You can imagine the thoughts going through the disciples heads > “What do you mean its best that you go; maybe for you its best but we are the ones who are going to get kicked out of church, we are the ones who will get beaten and killed. Jesus how can that be best?” I mean that is what I would have thought. It was kind of like when my dad would say, “This spanking is going to hurt me more than you.” Yea right how can that be it’s my butt!

All Jesus asks is that we will trust him. The sin of the world is that they do not trust Jesus. Unbelief is a sin. Are there any areas that you are not trusting Jesus in? Confess that sin and let the Father forgive you. Remember salvation isn’t only for this life. We might suffer here but compared to eternity this is a short time. The Advocate who is the Holy Spirit will be with us. This is the same Holy Spirit that Jesus relied on to get him through this life all the way to the cross, the tomb and out again to life! If he got Jesus through he will get us through. Hey the Holy Spirit is God! God is going to be with us! God will never leave us! God will never forsake us!

I will say it again, The Holy Spirit in you is God in you!

Acts 5:3–4 (NLT) — 3 Then Peter said, “Ananias, why have you let Satan fill your heart? You lied to the Holy Spirit, and you kept some of the money for yourself. 4 The property was yours to sell or not sell, as you wished. And after selling it, the money was also yours to give away. How could you do a thing like this? You weren’t lying to us but to God!”

The Holy Spirit is a person who understands us.

John 16:8 (NLT) — 8 And when he comes, he will convict the world of its sin, and of God’s righteousness, and of the coming judgment.

The Holy Spirit is eternal.

Deuteronomy 33:27 (NLT) — 27 The eternal God is your refuge, and his everlasting arms are under you. He drives out the enemy before you; he cries out, ‘Destroy them!’

The Holy Spirit was involved in our creation.

Job 33:4 (NLT) — 4 For the Spirit of God has made me, and the breath of the Almighty gives me life.

The Holy Spirit makes things right in our lives just as he did for Joseph.

Genesis 41:38 (NLT) — 38 So Pharaoh asked his officials, “Can we find anyone else like this man so obviously filled with the spirit of God?”

The Holy Spirit gives you talent.

1 Corinthians 4:7 (NLT) — 7 What do you have that God hasn’t given you? And if everything you have is from God, why boast as though it were not a gift?

The Holy Spirit works supernaturally.

Zechariah 4:6 (NLT) — 6 Then he said to me, “This is what the Lord says to Zerubbabel: It is not by force nor by strength, but by my Spirit, says the Lord of Heaven’s Armies.

Romans 8:11 (NLT) — 11 The Spirit of God, who raised Jesus from the dead, lives in you. And just as God raised Christ Jesus from the dead, he will give life to your mortal bodies by this same Spirit living within you.

The Holy Spirit is our teacher.

John 14:26 (NLT) — 26 But when the Father sends the Advocate as my representative—that is, the Holy Spirit—he will teach you everything and will remind you of everything I have told you.

The Holy Spirit gives us power.

Acts 1:8 (NLT) — 8 But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit comes upon you. And you will be my witnesses, telling people about me everywhere—in Jerusalem, throughout Judea, in Samaria, and to the ends of the earth.”

Verse 33 > 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.”

Be Inspired Hilltop!




  1. Mark Gundersen says

    Jesus knew that the disciples still needed help with maturation. They still needed help understanding his teachings and liked his straight talk in this chapter. They finally understood that Jesus came from God and must return to God. Jesus let them know what they were to face and that they needed the indwelling of the Holy Spirit to get through it. The Spirit would give them power and leading and when Jesus returned to the Father then He could intercede for people with God. As long as Jesus was in human form he was limited in ways that God and the Holy Spirit were not.