Vs. 33, “I have told you these things, so that in me you may have peace. In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world.” These things that Jesus speaks are the elaboration of the greater things that will come when He goes to the Father and the Holy Spirit comes. It wasn’t always going to be easy after Jesus would leave…even the apostle Paul prior to his conversion would be a picture of death to those who tried to live for Christ. That is why Jesus would encourage them of the ministry of the Holy Spirit. The Holy spirit is in the world to convict us (Vs. 8), the Holy Spirit is in the world to instruct us (Vs. 13), and the Holy Spirit gives us access to pray (Vs. 24). The day that Jesus is talking about in (Vs. 26) is most likely the time when the Holy Spirit would come (Acts 2). Yet, Jesus would also keep their feet on the earth and remind them that they will also sadly fail him…but no matter what trouble presents itself….Jesus has overcome!
Regarding application…Messages Everyday. Vs. 12, “I have much more to say to you, more than you can now bear.” The Voice of Truth has much more to say. Imagine if we had the opportunity to literally sit at the feet of Christ…perhaps like Mary (the younger sister of Martha) did when Jesus came to visit their home. It would be amazing to have heard the famous sermon on the mount and the countless other messages Jesus would preach in His ministry. Yet…Jesus indeed speaks much more through the Holy Spirit today, His living complete Word (the Bible) and through servants of the Lord (missionaries, pastors, teachers, etc.). So many voices to hear…we live in a short attention span world. A world where commericals are just 30 seconds (because they know it will lose the attention of the audience if it is any longer). Messages in many churches today are deliberately prepared to be only 15-20 min, because they don’t want to offend people who have other plans for their Sunday (sports, watching t.v., barbeques, etc.). Let me remind you of a biblical example I love to use…It is the prophet Ezra and this event is chronicled in the book of Nehemiah. Vs. 3, “He read it aloud from daybreak till noon as he faced the square before the Water Gate in the presence of the men, women and others who could understand. And all the people listened attentively to the Book of the Law.” (Nehemiah 8:3). Daybreak till noon???…that’s at least a 5-6 hour message and to top that off…the people stood at the message, lifted their hands, kneeled before God, and wept at the reading of the Word! We lack in many things…when the message of God comes to us (bible, prayer, sermons, QT reflections…) let us be much more respectful to pay close attention and let His Word’s touch our hearts!