vs. 8 is a good reference here…) But the primary reference must be in the immediate joy the disciples felt upon the resurrection of the Lord. 1:20-33). But He did give them instruction that enabled them later to look back on this traumatic event with clarity and understanding. So what is the deal here? Jesus says (John 16:16), “A little while, and you will no longer see Me; and again a little while, and you will see Me.” This caused confusion among the disciples, and it has caused confusion among Bible commentators! Psalm. In Psalm 73, the psalmist was confused and depressed as he saw the seeming prosperity of the wicked, while at the same time he was chastened every day. Many years ago, a Salvation Army officer was preaching in Chicago when a man spoke out in front of the crowd, “You can talk about how Christ is dear to you, but if your wife were dead, as my wife is, and you had babies crying for their mother, you couldn’t say what you are saying.”, A few days later, that preacher’s wife was killed in a tragic train accident. Since He has been raised from the dead and ascended into heaven, He is coming again to conquer and reign. The significant thing here (John 16:20) is that Jesus doesn’t say that the disciples sorrow would be replaced by joy, but rather that He would turn their sorrow into joy. (From, “Our Daily Bread,” 1980.). And, ‘Because I’m on my way to the Father’? There is some dispute about whether Jesus is referring to the time between His ascension and His second coming (so Ryle), or whether He is referring to the short time between His death and resurrection (so Morris and Carson). But you also need to increase your time in the Word when you’re in the midst of the trial. What does biblical joy look like? Many are the sayings of Jesus, and their depth is sometimes difficult to plum (Rom. Isaiah 53:3 describes our Lord Jesus as “a man of sorrows and acquainted with grief.” It is not ungodly to grieve. Jesus repeats (John 16:23-24) the promise to answer the disciples’ prayers offered in His name (see John 14:13-14; 15:7, 16). It seems on the surface that Jesus is contradicting Himself in the same paragraph! But we need to face reality: God decreed death as the penalty for sin. On the other, He is has stated that there will be troubles and He won’t be with them physically to bar the door, rather He will be interceding in Heaven on their behalf. Find Top Church Sermons, Illustrations, and Preaching Slides on Acts 16:16-24. Thus Jesus is the sensitive, suffering, and risen Savior. John 16:1 These things have I spoken unto you, that ye should not be offended. 11:33-36). This is a neat little passage and I hope it is encouraging to you! Forty years later, when he was preaching on Christ’s raising Jairus’ daughter from the dead, he made reference to the loss of their little girl, who in spite of their prayers, was not healed. So he knew the sustaining grace of the Lord, but he also felt his loss every day for the rest of his life! Jesus is winding down His farewell and so He says quite plainly that very soon they won’t see Him. (3) Why does He turn our sorrow into joy? Earlier, Peter said, Lord, to whom would we go? 3:10-11) that our sufferings bring us into fellowship with Christ in His sufferings and so we attain to the resurrection of the dead. Does debt affect giving in modern times in light of the Israelite tithe and slaves? Mar 26, 1989. 2:10; 12:2). Copyright, Steven J. Cole, 2015, All Rights Reserved. 8:18) that the sufferings of this present time are not worthy to be compared with the glory that will be revealed to us. First Reading. b 4 I have told you this so that when their hour comes you may remember that I told you. You will be sorrowful, but your sorrow will turn into joy. Abraham and Moses all experienced this privilege to some degree (Gen. 15:15; Ex. Like him, we should seek comfort in the Lord, but recognize the reality of our sorrows. They had put their hopes and staked their futures on their belief that Jesus was the promised Messiah of Israel. John 16:2 They shall put you out of the synagogues: yea, the time cometh, that whosoever killeth you will think that he doeth God service. 3 And they will do this because they have not known the Father or me. Jesus said (John 16:16, 17, 22) that the disciples would see Him again and then their hearts would rejoice and no one could take that joy away from them. As Paul boldly states (1 Cor. But we do not find the disciples personally addressing the heavenly Father themselves (note Jesus’ words in John 16:24a). Change ). Jesus said, Nevertheless I tell you the truth: It is to your advantage that I go away, for if I dont go away, the Counselor wont come to you. He does all these things for our benefit. 4:13). If suffering is for our ultimate good, should we try to avoid it (through prayer, medicine, better circumstances, etc.)? John 16:16-24New International Version (NIV) The Disciples’ Grief Will Turn to Joy 16 Jesus went on to say, “In a little whileyou will see me no more, and then after a little while you will see me.” Commentary on John 16:23-27 (Read John 16:23-27) Asking of the Father shows a sense of spiritual wants, and a desire of spiritual blessings, with conviction that they are to be had from God only. We therefore practice it every day, so that we may develop a deep and genuine love for it, and so that we may grow in the surpassing knowledge of Christ. Does it mean always being upbeat and smiling? As Calvin comments, “We are said to pray in the name of Christ when we take him as our Advocate, to reconcile us, and make us find favor with His Father, though we do not expressly mention his name with our lips.”, Lastly, Jesus urges them to “ask” that their “joy” may be made full. Lectio Divina: John 16:16-20 " Lectio divina is an authentic source of Christian spirituality recommended by our Rule. But …. Have they forsaken all for naught? 16. The late Scottish preacher, Alexander Whyte, observed that we all tend to hang heavy weights on the thinnest wires (source unknown). During this age Jesus is giving new life – through the new birth (John 3) to millions upon millions of souls. “In a day or so you’re not going to see me, but then in another day or so you will see me.” Joy Like a River Overflowing - That stirred up a hornet’s nest of questions among the disciples: “What’s he talking about: ‘In a day or so you’re not going to see me, but then in another day or so you will see me’? John 16:24, ESV: "Until now you have asked nothing in my name.Ask, and you will receive, that your joy may be full." The concern of the disciples is how long Jesus' absence is going to last. Here are my notes for John 16:16-24. We talked a little about this when we studied chapter 15, which says: No longer do I call you servants, for the servant does not know what his master is doing; but I have called you friends, for all that I have heard from my Father I have made known to you. Jesus' disciples had a hard time understanding that He was going to die, rise again, and ascend to heaven. I don’t think its wrong to also to see a secondary truth here in that, as Paul says, the whole world is in travail (see Romans 8) until He returns, and our longing and our pain will all subside and be replaced by an inexpressible joy upon His return! 16:16-18 “A little while, and you will see me no longer; and again a little while, and you will see me.” 17 So some of his disciples said to one another, “What is this that he says to us, ‘A little while, and you will not see me, and again a little while, and you will see me’; and, ‘because I am going to the Father’?” 18 So they were saying, “What does he mean by ‘a little while’? A Lasting Legacy: Choosing A Wife For Isaac (Gen. 24:1-67). Verses 16-22 Our Lord Jesus, for the comfort of his sorrowful disciples, here promises that he would visit them again.I. It’s in the context of suffering that James (1:5) says, “But if any of you lacks wisdom, let him ask of God, who gives to all generously and without reproach, and it will be given to him.” Here, in the context of the disciples’ sorrow, Jesus again tells them to ask the Father in His name, promising that He will answer. But because of the promise of eternal life, which the Spirit bears witness to, we can “face tomorrow” as the old hymn goes. Truly, truly, I say to you, whatever you ask of the Father in my name, he will give it to you. Then he perceived the end of the wicked and how God was the eternal portion of the godly. 6:14). 1 I have told you all this so that you may not fall away. Excusus: One of the things I would note here is that the Greek word “world” above is once again Kosmos, and once again it takes on another type of meaning. These words provide essential background to this Sundays Gospel lesson. That will not square with Jesus’ promise of joy to his disciples throughout the Christian era (15:11), still less with John’s report of the disciples’ reactions when they saw the resurrected Christ: ‘The disciples were overjoyed when they saw the Lord’ (20:20). It is an awesome gift, and a tool that we ought not to neglect or take lightly. Although Christ has taken away the sting and victory of death (1 Cor. One of the things that marks this passage is the sense that once again the disciples are confused about something Jesus is telling them. Commentary on Acts 16:16-34. 2 They will expel you from the synagogues, and indeed the time is coming when anyone who kills you will think he is doing a holy service to God. From 1977-1992 he was the pastor of Lake Gregory Community Church in Crestline, California. 53). 1 “I have said all these things to you to keep you from falling away. The Gracious Privilege of Knowing the Lord. The Lord didn’t answer the disciples’ question on the spot, so that they then faced the cross the next day with clear understanding. It’s not that He (like us!) A time of sorrow and grief is not the time to neglect your Bible. But, as with everything else He has said, there is a silver lining! There are far more causes than I can list here, but in our text we see several sources for the disciples’ sorrow: The comment of the men on the Emmaus Road to the risen Lord (whom they did not yet recognize) was no doubt one that all the apostles would have agreed with (Luke 24:21): “But we were hoping that it was He who was going to redeem Israel.” They thought that the Messiah would come and establish His reign over Israel, bringing in times of peace and blessing, as prophesied in the Old Testament. But if I go, I will send him to you. But after the disciples saw the risen Lord, their sorrow would be turned to lasting joy, which no one could take from them (John 20:20). The fears, the nerves, and the unknown are constantly pressing upon you. People with perverted values seem to prevail, while the righteous suffer. From the disciples perspective, Jesus imminent departure seems catastrophic. Any father or mother knows the anxiety and stress and pain that precede the birth of a child. John 16:23-24. Even though the disciples should be rejoicing, their perspectives are dimmed by their fallen nature and the words of Jesus are not penetrating or taking hold yet. Jesus says (John 16:22), “Therefore you too have grief now; but I will see you again, and your heart will rejoice, and no one will take your joy away from you.” The dramatic change in the disciples from grief to lasting joy was founded on seeing the risen Savior. 5:8-9) indicates that it is precisely in times of suffering that the devil seeks to destroy our faith. Explaining the Inner Meaning of John 16 Verses 16:1, 2, 3. In the same way, it’s easy for us to get confused because we do not understand the totality of the Bible’s teaching on something. Truly, truly, I say to you, whatever you ask of the Father in my name, he will give it to you. He is saying one the one hand that what He is about to accomplish will be made understandable to them soon, and when they see Him again they will “get it” (Luke 24:8 for one, but much more so post-Pentecost). Q. Chuck Smith :: Sermon Notes for John 16:24 ← Back to Chuck Smith's Bio & Resources ... Bible Commentaries Text Commentaries Audio & Video Commentaries Bible Reference Harmony of the Gospels Encyclopedias / Dictionaries Introductions to the Bible Topical Indexes Charts and Outlines Timelines Maps / Images Hebrew / Greek Grammars. Why. He graduated from Dallas Theological Seminary (Th.M., 1976 in Bible exposition) and Califo... More. Indeed, an hour is coming when those who kill you will think that by doing so they are offering worship to God. For his sake I have suffered the loss of all things and count them as rubbish, in order that I may gain Christ (Philippians 3:8). The Joy of Rightly Placed Affections John 16:16–24 Truth Taught- The cross of Jesus Christ has put to death eternal sorrow and His resurrection awakens immeasurable joy in all His followers Introduction In his classic book Mere Christianity, former atheist C. S. Lewis offers a profound insight into the psychological engine that pulls along the… We still have to fight against the flesh, which is prone to sin, with its painful consequences. First, the reason that “in that day” they will not ask anything of Jesus is not because they will have no questions, but rather because what He is saying to them concerning His death, burial and resurrection will be made clear to them. 8:20, 22). Crucify!” might be in mind…So when people jump to the conclusion that Jesus died for the entire world, I would once again point to verses like this and remind them that proper interpretation methods demand us to closely examine the context of the word in order to determine its meaning. The disciples were confused over what Jesus was telling them, but they would be more deeply confused in the next few hours as they watched their beloved Lord suffer the most shameful, painful death imaginable. Jesus repeats (John 16:23-24) the promise to answer the disciples’ prayers offered in His name (see John 14:13-14; 15:7, 16). 3 They will do these things because they have never known either the Father or me. 1:4) that God comforts us in our affliction so that we will be able to comfort others in their afflictions with the comfort with which we are comforted by God. Regardless of political affiliation this is not what you want to see going on. John 16. BSF Study Questions John Lesson 22, Day 4: John 16:16-24 March 1, 2017 by atozmom , posted in BSF John Summary of passage: Jesus says he is leaving, but they disciples will see him again after the Resurrection and he appears before them.. So it is right that He would urge them to “Ask” for what they will need from the Father. 23 In that day you will ask nothing of me. Note on John 15:11.) 19:27-30). 16 “I have said these things to you to keep you from stumbling. The disciples, however, did not have that much time to contemplate these things. Paul even wrote that he gloried or boasted in the cross (Gal. G. Campbell Morgan was a godly pastor and Bible teacher. c This should become more plain soon. Observe the intimation he gave them of the comfort he designed them, v. 16 . 15:54-57), He has not yet taken away the fact of death and the emotional pain that we feel when someone that we love dies. After the resurrection, as He opened the Scriptures to show them how the Messiah needed first to suffer and then enter His glory (Luke 24:26, 46-47), they got the big picture of what God was doing in history. Peter (1 Pet. When tragedy hits, they feel that God had abandoned them. Finally, note that the flip side to these verses is that the world’s joy that comes from things that perish is temporary. 21 When a woman is giving birth, she has sorrow because her hour has come, but when she has delivered the baby, she no longer remembers the anguish, for joy that a human being has been born into the world. In the same way, when you have hoped and prayed and worked for something that you believed to be God’s will, but it didn’t happen, you will experience sorrow. It is a duty which concerns all.”. Enter your email address to follow this blog and receive notifications of new posts by email. Scripture: John 16:22. Something different is about to be ushered in – an entirely new era. But there is also a song in my heart and Christ put it there. They couldn’t conceive of a Messiah who did not come to establish His kingdom and reign (Ps. John Piper May 7, 2011 221 Shares Sermon. "The true penitent is for the mortifying of every lust which has had a hand in crucifying of his dearest Savior. I think their reactions are based in fear, and unbelief at what they’re hearing. I have a tendency to think it is the latter because of the context of the entire passage seems to demand it, and because it is the easier reading – not that there can’t be some future allusions here, but I think Carson is right that this is the most natural understanding of the text. Limiting myself to these verses, we see that …, He knew that the disciples were confused about His comments. JOHN 16:1-7 COMMENTARY John 16:8-12 Convict the World of Sin John 16:13-15 Spirit of Truth John 16:16-23 A Little While John 16:24-27 Ask and You Shall Receive John 16:28-33 Leave the World John 16 Bible Study Questions (Handout) Only when the Spirit comes will those words transform them into a people who will gladly meet every sorrow for the joy that is set before them. Though this second saying is more oriented toward our petition to the Father for all the needs of this life post-Christ’s ascension and less about the specific questions the disciples may have for Him concerning the sayings in this discourse. To have seen their beloved Lord beaten and bloodied, hanging on the cross, was the most horrible and shocking event of the disciples’ lives. This coming directly to the Father through the righteous blood of Christ is a distinction of the church age. So we can rule out that they won’t have needs or questions in yet another way. 24 Until now you have asked nothing in my name. Calvin continues, “Besides, though the apostles were exceedingly like children, or rather, were more like stocks of wood than men, we know well what they suddenly became, after having enjoyed the teaching of the Holy Spirit.”. It is only when the grain of wheat falls into the ground and dies that it brings forth much fruit (John 12:24). But when we pray and He answers, it floods us with great joy. Paul wrote (Phil. What does the Bible say to the church, and to the individual Christian, about the role of politics in the church? ( Log Out / At the funeral service, the grieving husband stood beside her casket and said, “The other day when I was preaching in this city, a man said that if my wife were dead and my children were crying for their mother, I couldn’t say that Christ was sufficient. The stress on this exhortation is on His mediatorial role. (2) How does He turn our sorrow into joy? Practically speaking this means we ought to count it precious that we have the privilege of prayer in this way. To that end, we just looked at Jeremiah’s prophecy that says pretty much the same thing in a different way – “they will all be taught of the Lord.” The gift of the Holy Spirit is not only the mark of Adoption it is the mark of friendship. John 16:20. Even though the Lord knew the future before it happened, He didn’t deal with the disciples in a cold, mechanical manner: “Buck up, guys, it’s all predestined to work together for your good!” As Psalm 103:13-14 states, “Just as a father has compassion on his children, so the Lord has compassion on those who fear Him. John Lightfoot's Commentary on the Gospels 24. 4:15), “We do not have a high priest who cannot sympathize with our weaknesses, but One who has been tempted in all things as we are, yet without sin.”. Because of Adam’s sin, the whole creation was subjected to futility and death (Gen. 3:17-19; Rom. (John 16:23-24,26-27) During the days of Jesus’ earthly ministry we find Him praying for His disciples and teaching them how to pray. 9:22; 12:42 They will put you out of the synagogues. All under the Father’s government, and all best.”. When we ask and He answers, our joy will be made full. When Jesus was crucified, the disciples would weep and lament, while Jesus’ enemies would rejoice. 12:3) on our behalf for the joy set before Him of bringing many children to glory (Heb. Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. He often accomplishes His purposes in ways that seem backwards to us. This is what was predicted in Jeremiah 31:34: And no longer shall each one teach his neighbor and each his brother, saying, ‘Know the Lord,’ for they shall all know me, from the least of them to the greatest, declares the Lord. He was about to despair until he went into God’s sanctuary. And one of the things that indicates we are friends is His graciously letting us in on the general scope and many details of His plan for salvation and mankind. Is it true that God has given us a blank check to ask anything of Him just as one might ask a genie in a fairy tale? Second, He goes on to urge them to “ask” the Father for things in His name. Some argue that the first “little while” refers to His ascension, whereas the second “little while” refers to His second coming. We have spent some time speaking to this already. Matthew Henry's Concise Commentary 16:23-27 Asking of the Father shows a sense of spiritual wants, and a desire of spiritual blessings, with conviction that they are to … a 3 They will do this because they have not known either the Father or me. It is a very special thing to be called a “friend” of the Lord. 15:17), “If Christ has not been raised, your faith is worthless; you are still in your sins.” The apostles were transformed from fearful, defeated, confused men into bold witnesses who were willing to suffer and die because they saw the risen Lord Jesus. He said (Rom. Of all the list of Christian duties there is none to which there is such abounding encouragement as prayer. The disciples had forsaken everything to follow Jesus in the hopes that He was this promised Messiah. At such times, we have to trust that He will work in ways that are beyond what we could ask or even think (Eph. combine that with the fact that they don’t really, Steven Lawson – New Reformation Ministries. 1:1. But they’re inadequate as a foundation for lasting joy, because they’re all so uncertain and transitory. As I explained when I spoke on John 14:13-14, there will be many times when you ask for something in Jesus’ name that you think will further His kingdom and glorify His name, but He doesn’t answer as you asked. They (and we) need to understand that when we address the Father in prayer, we do so because we have the right to do so, and that right has been won for us by our great Mediator, Jesus Christ. And yet, we still grieve. A few things to note here – first, Jesus plainly predicts that there will certainly be sorrow upon His departure. But now, contrary to all their hopes, He was falsely accused and executed. 2:6-9; 68:18; 110:1). May 7, 2011. Who would not be sorrowful upon the loss of their Lord? Peter wrote to suffering Christians (1 Pet. I deliberately have not seen the popular movie, The Passion of the Christ, because I read a review by the late film critic, Roger Ebert, in which he said that it was by far the most violent movie he had ever seen. 2 They will put you out of the synagogues. We have taken months and months to dive into each section, each verse, and sometimes each word of what Jesus has been saying in this farewell discourse. You might say, “Couldn’t we just skip the sorrow part and move directly into the joy?” But Hebrews 5:8 says that even our Lord learned obedience through His sufferings. They were deeply disappointed. 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