Scripture: John 16:29-33
29 His disciples said, "Ah, now you are speaking plainly, not in any figure! 30 Now we know that you know all things, and need none to question you; by this we believe that you came from God." 31 Jesus answered them, "Do you now believe? 32 The hour is coming, indeed it has come, when you will be scattered, every man to his home, and will leave me alone; yet I am not alone, for the Father is with me. 33 I have said this to you, that in me you may have peace. In the world you have tribulation; but be of good cheer, I have overcome the world."
Meditation: How did the disciples come to believe that Jesus is
truly the Son of God sent from the eternal Father in heaven? When Jesus taught
his disciples he often spoke in parables – using short stories and vivid
images which expressed in picture language what God's kingdom is like and
how God's power can change and transform their lives to be like him. These
stories were intended to make his disciples reflect and think through the
inner spiritual truths he wanted them to understand and accept. Now Jesus
begins to speak more plainly to the disciples about the mission and purpose
for which he was sent into the world – not to condemn the world but through
love to redeem it (John 3:16). The disciples professed their belief in Jesus
that he truly came from God and taught as one who possessed full knowledge
of God. Jesus' response showed that he fully knew and understood them very
well. Jesus could read their hearts like an open book. He knew their weakenesses
as well as their strengths.
"Lord Jesus, help me to trust in your unwavering love and saving help, especially when I meet adversities, trials, and temptations. Give me your peace when I am troubled and let me know the joy of your victory over sin and death."
2 As smoke is driven away, so drive them away; as wax melts before fire, let the wicked perish before God!
3 But let the righteous be joyful; let them exult before God; let them be jubilant with joy!
4 Sing to God, sing praises to his name; lift up a song to him who rides upon the clouds; his name is the LORD, exult before him!
5 Father of the fatherless and protector of widows is God in his holy habitation.
6 God gives the desolate a home to dwell in; he leads out the prisoners to prosperity.