Wednesday, July 10, 2022 - John 16:1-16
Jesus often knows us better than we know ourselves. This passage is a great example of that. He starts with “I have told you these things so that you won’t abandon your faith.” Jesus knows that we are weak. Our faith is fragile, and he wants to warn us of the trials ahead. He speaks of expulsion and killing! No small threats of what is to come.
As evident in verse 4, “I didn’t tell you earlier because I was going to be with you for a while longer,” Jesus knows that we are people who A: would dwell on the loss of his physical presence and lose sight of the mission, or B: would forget entirely what he warned us about. Then he calls us out on our grief defeating our thirst for knowledge in verses 5 and 6. In verse 12 he identifies that we can’t handle anything else today.
I love this passage because Jesus speaks so honestly, knowing more about our human experience than we can understand ourselves. If any of us spoke to one another in this way, it would simply be demeaning and rude. But Jesus knows us intimately and is truly doing what is best for us. He is also helping us to understand what is best.
And do you know what is best for us? It is to be filled with the presence of the Holy Spirit! That is truly what this passage is about. As Jesus prepares us for his departure, he also prepares our hearts to receive the Holy Spirit. Holy Spirit is a guide, an advocate, a truth-teller, and more. This is an amazing gift. Our human hearts could hardly take in what Holy Spirit has to offer. That is why Jesus tries to prepare his followers. We are so blessed to be known and to be provided for in this way! Praise God for that!
Questions for reflection:
- Who in your life knows you best? Imagine if they could truly tell you what you needed before you needed it. How would that change your relationship?
- Did you know that the Holy Spirit is what you needed? Explore how the Holy Spirit meets our needs today.