Thursday, September 28. 2017

John 16:19-20 NIV 2011

 

“Are you asking one another what I meant when I said, ‘In a little while you will see me no more, and then after a little while you will see me?’ Very truly I tell you, you will weep and mourn while the world rejoices. You will grieve, but your grief will turn to joy.”

 

John recorded Jesus’ previous words regarding the Holy Spirit. He reiterated; His time was short. John 7:33, “Jesus said, ‘I am with you for only a short time, and then I am going to the one who sent me.” He restated His approaching departure with words of comfort as in John 14:18, “I will not leave you as orphans; I will come to you.” Scholars differ in their interpretation of “a little while.” They saw Him again after His resurrection. John 20:20, “After he said this, he showed them his hands and side.” Jesus’ peace is available in all circumstance.

 

Desiring to hear the BSF lecture today, my car ended up at church. Entering the sanctuary, we sang, “It is well with my soul.” Knowing the story behind the words brought tears at verse two’s end: “That Christ hath regarded my helpless estate and has shed his own blood for my soul.” God’s Word reveals Jesus’ call to walk by faith. His peace surrounds me daily on my walk. The peace of Jesus is available to all who follow Him.

 

 

How does Jesus comfort His faithful followers?

 

Peacefully following Him,

S

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