No one will take away your joy!

Scripture reading for April 28th:  John 16

Because He was soon leaving them, Jesus warned the disciples of coming persecution.  They would be put out of the synagogue and some would be killed by people thinking that they were doing God a favor.  People who would do this did not know Jesus or the Father.  This warning would help them to know that what was happening to them was in God’s plan and understanding.

“But I tell you the truth, it is for your good that I am going away.  Unless I go away, the Counselor will not come to you; but if I go, I will send Him to you.  When He comes, He will convict the world of guilt in regard to sin and righteousness and judgment in regard to sin, because men do not believe in Me. . .” (John 16:7-9) “But when He, the Spirit of Truth, comes, He will guide you into all truth.  He will not speak on His own; He will speak only what He hears, and He will tell you what is yet to come.  He will take of Mine and make it known to you.”  (John 16:13-14)

Jesus would not leave His followers alone or helpless.  They would have a Counselor who would come to them and live in them. This Spirit of Truth would take the things of Jesus and reveal them to the disciples.  He would guide them into all truth and tell them things to come.  They would be able to ask the Father for anything in Jesus’ Name and He would do it for them!  (John 16:23-24)  What amazing words of encouragement and hope from our Savior! His Spirit will keep us close to Jesus by taking His words and revealing them to us!

 

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