John 16

Vs. 18, “They kept asking, “What does he mean by ‘a little while’? We don’t understand what he is saying.”  I can’t help but feel for the sad and confused disciples at this time.  After spending over three years with Jesus intimately, He is now telling them He will be leaving them (vs. 5-16).  Jesus does His best to encourage them and remind them that though He is leaving, the promised Holy Spirit is coming (vs. 7).  And in this chapter, we see Jesus lay out the type of ministry the Holy Spirit will have.  I’ll expand on this in the application section below.  Jesus also reassures the disciples that joy is just around the corner (vs.  17-33).  It’s going to be painful at the present time, but the future is going to be filled with joy.  What a promise in our own time!  We live in a chaotic world.  Just last night, 74 people died in Egypt after a soccer game with the opposing team wielding knives, clubs, and stones.  Indeed there is much mourning in this world, and that is why Jesus encouraged His disciples to bring joy and salvation to this world!

Regarding application…Are You Convicted?  Vs. 8, “When he comes, he will convict the world of guilt in regard to sin and righteousness and judgment.”  One of the main ministries of the Holy Spirit is to convict our hearts.  Question: Convict us of what?  Sin.  Oh yes, that horrible three letter word we shudder when we think about it.  It’s easy to think that we are in this constant state of just feeling guilty and worthless.  But this conviction that comes to our heart isn’t created to condemn us, it is created to draw us closer to our Father!  Because of conviction, we realize that we can’t achieve eternal life on our own merit!  Being convicted helps us go towards what God has purposed for us all along.  We were created to have a relationship with our Father.  Upon finding salvation, our purpose now is to go and share it!  Brothers & sisters in Christ, conviction is a good thing!  We are convicted not out of guilt, but out of the love of Christ which compels us to share that joy of forgiveness to a world in chaos.  Question: Are you convicted?  Then do something about it!