John 16 ends with Jesus giving the disciples encouragement for the tribulations to come, but first, he got real with them.
He quit speaking in figures of speech and spoke with them plainly so that they would understand and believe.
Then after he confirmed that they believed he came from God he told them…
“Behold, the hour is coming, indeed it has come, when you will be scattered, each to his own home, and will leave me alone. Yet I am not alone, for the Father is with me.”John 16:32
Morgan believes that Jesus did not say this to the disciples to make them feel bad or so that he could say, “I told you so,” but rather, “The very fact that He had known and had foretold the course of events, would be something to hold on to, and the memory of it would help them back again to faith.” Later, after abandoning Jesus, when the disciples were filled with shame and wavering faith, they would look back on this moment and Jesus’s words and it would strengthen their faith.
What Jesus said next seems to support the sentiment that Morgan expressed:
“I have said these things to you, that in me you may have peace. In the world you will have tribulation. But take heart; I have overcome the world.”
These were words of comfort and peace, not of condemnation and shame. Jesus wants us to have peace in him, especially in light of the fact that we will face tribulation. He wants to be our sustenance and source of strength. This is possible because he has already overcome the world. He has vanquished the powers of darkness and overcomes death. There is nothing to fear! Hallelujah.
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