The Gospel of John 16
The disciples of Jesus are still rather apprehensive about Jesus telling them he is going away. Another is coming who will reveal truth to the world. Their grief will turn to joy. Even though it will seem like all is lost, have peace, Jesus has overcome the world.
Weekly Memory Verse: John 16:33
“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.”
Monday, January 23 Read John 16:1-16. Take the position of these disciples who then know nothing of the Trinity. Who is this Counselor Holy Spirit? What does he do? Is he God?
Tuesday, January 24 Read John 16:17-33. This section speaks of an anticipated joy. When does that joy come? Has it already come, or are we still looking forward to it? Or is it both?
Friday, January 27 After reviewing John 16, read 1 Peter 1. Jesus speaks of a complete joy that we will be able to speak plainly about. Does the joy described by Peter qualify as “complete”? Why or why not? What makes this joy so… joyful?
Saturday, January 28 After reviewing John 16, read Revelation 21:1-7. Peace is hard to come by in this world. That makes Jesus’ words in John 16:33 all the more powerful. We have peace because Jesus has overcome the world. How has Jesus overcome the world? What does our peace look like? According to Rev. 21, what will it look like?
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