- Centering prayer— Pray for illumination, “Lord, open my heart and mind by the power of the Holy Spirit,” and remain in silence.
- Read slowly, keeping any words or phrase that come to your mind, and mark on them.
- Close eyes and meditate on what you read.
- Take a note if you have question, inspiration.
Read John 16
Farewell Speech on the way to the Mount Olives (2)
Second speech on the way to the Mt Olives was to strengthen his disciples who were in grief because Jesus would leave them, and who would face persecution. “All this I have told you so that you will not go astray.” (v.1).
Conflict, persecution was to be expected for his disciples when he departed from them. His disciple was in grief. But Jesus promised them the Holy Spirit, the Counselor, who would work through them. Therefore, their sorrow at Jesus departure would be transformed by the truth that Jesus’ death and resurrection make possible the Holy Spirit’s work.
The work of the Holy Spirit is to convince the world that sin is not believing in Jesus, not believing the Cross, his death that revels God’s righteousness, and not believing that his death brings judgement by triumphing over sin and evil.
His departure by dying on the cross is temporary sorrow to the disciples, and it will turn to joy over his resurrection and his abiding presence. “So with you: now is your time of grief, but I will see you again and you will rejoice, and no one will take away your joy.” (v22)
Jesus’ promise of his presence is sustained by prayer in his name, God’s love, fellowship with him in prayer. Jesus assured of his disciples all these things, “You believe at last!” (v31), demanding their trust in him.
Jesus’ speech in this chapter teaches the Christians’ relation to the world today so that they may have peace in Jesus amidst troublesome life in the world.
After Reading —- Reflection and prayer.
- Reflect on this question, “What does God speak to me today in this chapter?
- Pray that God’s word today be the way, the life, and the truth to you.
- Live it out through the day.