John chapters 13-17 contains what many Christians call the Farewell Discourse. Jesus’ final teaching and prayer for his disciples, and for future Christians are encouraging. Although he speaks of things that bring sorrow, God is always faithful and never changes, but he does change everything else. The God of the universe sent his son for us, not to condemn us, but to ransom us with his blood. This changed the world forever. We can now have a relationship with God, and God gave his Holy Spirit to us, which Jesus discusses in this passage.
Today, I want to focus on the implications of this. Jesus tells us that “If the world hates you, know that it has hated me before it hated you.” (John 15:18) The people of the world reject our Savior. If they hate Christ, they also hate the Father. (verse 23) Jesus even tells us that there will be those who kill us because they think they are doing a service to God. Paul was one of those people. Over the course of the last two thousand years, there have been many people who kill Christians for whatever reason. But, we are still called to go. We are still called to tell those who hate us, about the one who loves us.
The Father and the Son will send us the Helper, the Holy Spirit, and He will bear witness about Jesus. (verse 26) He will convict the world concerning sin and righteousness and judgment. (16:8) The HS will guide us in truth, and glorify the son. (verse 13-14) He will speak through us when we are being persecuted. (Matt. 10:20) He will be our advocate to the Father. Our Immanuel, God with us.
John 16:20 says, “Truly, truly, I say to you, you will weep and lament, but the world will rejoice. You will be sorrowful, but your sorrow will turn into joy.” We will see Jesus again, and no man, angel, demon, death, nor life, can take our joy away from us, in Christ Jesus. We can ask the Father for this joy, and we will receive it in full. (verse 24)
Finally, Jesus says he is going back to the Father. (verse 28) But first, he must die, he will be left alone, by earthly men, but Jesus is never alone. He has his Father. (verse 32) Jesus will be high and lifted up, he will be pierced, beaten, crushed, and afflicted. (Isaiah 52 and 53) For our sin, the sinless will be punished. Jesus laid down his life for us. Jesus’ sacrifice is the only reason we are not alone. The Godhead is always with us. Jesus has truly, overcome the world. Though we may have tribulation. Take Heart Beloved.
I write these things beloved, to encourage you. We are coming to a time where even in America we have a great chance of persecution. Not that this is a negative thing. Indeed I believe it to be a positive thing, but we must learn to trust the Holy Spirit. We must learn to trust his instructions to us. So that we may take heart, that Jesus has overcome the world.
Soli Deo Gloria.