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October 12, 2022 8:00 am
Jesus is now left with the 11 and he knows them perfectly, and he knows that his departure is imminent crucifixion would send severe shock waves through their system.
What were they going to do. Welcome back to the truth pulpit with nongreen founding pastor of truth Community Church in Cincinnati, Ohio where Don teaches God's people. God's word higher bill right know everyone hopes for peace on earth.
It's the subject of Christmas carols, beauty pageants, politics, and much more. But it remains elusive, at least based on our secular understanding of the word, but done when you take a typical view of peace. You come to a powerful realization about your relationship to God. Don't you you really do bill my Christian friend. The Bible says that Christ himself is our peace in Ephesians 214 he has reconciled you to God, if you're Christian reconciled you through the blood that he shed on the cross so pieces in a distant thought, we have peace now in Christ. The best that you could do this holiday season would be to share Christ with someone who doesn't know him so that the peace of Christ is given to you could be shared through you to someone else make known to others the peace that Christ is given to you.
Donna's beginning a message in the book of John titled three keys to enduring let's join him right now as he continues teaching God's people. God's word from the truthful. One of the striking things as we look at John 16 beginning in verse 25 is to say that even with the cross right in front of him. Even with the weight of the sins of the world about to be placed on his shoulder. Even knowing that the wrath of God was about to be poured onto him so that you and I might have our sins forgiven. When we believe in Christ. Even under the stress of those circumstances that go beyond anything any man has ever known before or since. You see, Jesus loving, and concern for his disciples and and making way and making preparation for them after his departure from the depths of his loving heart. He was thinking about them, not his own suffering. That was soon to come in there so much it's rich in this passage, force, beginning at John 16 verse 25 Jesus said these things I have spoken to you in figurative language, an hour is coming when I will no longer speak to you in figurative language, but will tell you plainly of the father in that day you will ask in my name and I do not say to you that I will request of the father on your behalf for the father himself loves you because you have loved me and have believed that I came forth from the father. I came forth from the father and of come into the world. I am leaving the world again and going to the father's disciple said low. Now you are speaking plainly and are not using a figure of speech. Now we know that you know all things, and have no need for anyone to question you.
By this we believe that you came from God.
Jesus answered them, do you now believe, behold, an hour is coming and has already come for you to be scattered each to his own home and to leave me alone. And yet I am not alone because the father is with me these things I've spoken to you, so that in me you may have peace in the world you have tribulation, but take courage. I have overcome the world as we come to this passage of Jesus speaking to his disciples, he is preparing them for his imminent departure. They had grown used to being with Jesus over the prior three years of his public ministry, walking with him day and day in day out night after night. Being with him and spending time with him during the blessed words of the divine mind falling from his lips seeing him perform miracles that were the product of the hand of God improve the authenticity of who we claim to be being God in human flesh. He was their champion.
He was there mastery was their teacher and yet in a way that they didn't quite fully understand. He was about to leave them in Jesus is going to prepare them for his departure. In this passage before us as we come to this passage, Judas has already left. He's already gone off to betray the one who loved him the one who handed him the bread at the first communion meal or the last Passover meal. Depending on how you want to look at that and so Jesus is now left with the 11, the 11 who were true disciples the ones who truly loved him and he knows them perfectly, and he knows that his departure is imminent crucifixion and his subsequent ascension into heaven would send severe shock waves through their system. What were they going to do as they huddled together without him ever the great Shepherd of their souls. Jesus now is preparing them for the trials that lay just ahead. Even in the coming hour and so is he's been talking with them on this evening. He's been talking to them about troubled hearts and helping them to have the grace that they need to overcome a troubled heart.
Look at John chapter 14 verse one with me.
You see this theme running throughout what he says here in the supper room discourse. In John 14 verse one he says to them, do not let your heart be troubled you believe in God believe also in me. In verse 27 that same chapter he says peace I leave with you, my peace I give to you not as the world gives do I give to you. Do not let your heart be troubled, nor let it be fearful. And then one more in chapter 16 verse one. He said these things I have spoken to you so that you may be kept from stumbling. Jesus was in full command of the situation and he is extending this comfort to his disciples with the cruel cross hanging over his head. Jesus is strengthening his disciples for what was about to come in as we look at what he said to his disciples at that time, we find principles that apply to us as well is you and I seek peace and to seek to live in spiritual confidence in the midst of a fallen world is what were looking at this passage. Look at verse 25 with me again.
Jesus says these things I've spoken to you in figurative language, an hour is coming when I will no longer speak to you in figurative language, but will tell you plainly of the father. What's he saying here and why is he saying it at this point in time. Jesus is recognizing that he had been talking to them and speaking to them things that were difficult to understand. He used figurative language he spoke of heavenly things that their earthly minds just cannot quite get their arms all the way around, but he tells them and he promises them. He says the time is coming when things will become clearer to you. It's not always going to be the true wrestling with the lights are going to go on and you will understand he's referring here to the time shortly after his resurrection when the spirit of God would come and indwell the disciples and give them the ability to understand the words in the teaching of Christ in a new way a fresh way that apart from the spirit. They didn't quite always get look at verses 26 and 27 as Jesus looks forward to that day. He says in that day you will ask in my name and I do not say to you that I will request of the father on your behalf for the father himself loves you because you have loved me and have believed that I came forth from the father. Remember Jesus is getting ready to leave. Where is that going to leave the disciples are they going to be left as orphans might seem that way for a short period of time when he's in the tomb and it looks so dark, Jesus here once the disciples to understand that God the father himself loves them. It's not just that Jesus loves them and gave his life. During the course of his ministry for them, but the father himself loves them so much in fact that he would freely give to them whatever they asked in Jesus name. He said listen, I'm leaving but that's not going to mean that your abandoned you have the same kind of love flowing from God the father that you've seen in my life, be assured that you're not being left as an orphan. So Jesus in this course of preparing them for his departure shows them that they could still have confidence in the all embracing love of a caring father. The same kind of love that belongs to you and me as children of the King as those who are sons of the father, through faith in Jesus Christ, the father loves us in the same way that Jesus himself loves us and to reinforce that point Jesus speaks to them in verse 28 were going through these initial verses rather quickly. Verse 28 Jesus says I came forth from the father and have come into the world. I am leaving the world again and going to the father what he saying here is is is is understand when I talk to you about the father's love and I know you've appreciated my ministry and and we've loved each other during my time here on earth. Understand that I came forth from the father. The father was part and parcel of this whole mission.
The father himself had the design to send me into the world. I came forth from him and so when I commend you to his love and care as I am about to depart. No one's going to miss a beat here there's not going to be anything lost in the translation. The father was involved with it.
From the very beginning and I am simply going back to him. It's going to come full circle. The father's plan is what brought me here. The father's plan will continue after I'm gone. And so that summary that Jesus spoke gave the disciples a flash of understanding. They started to get some understanding that they had lacked before.
Look at verse 29 is disciples said to him low. Now you are speaking plainly and are not using a figure of speech we get it now this is great, now we know verse 30 that you know all things, and have no need for anyone to question you. By this we believe that you came from God, look at their confidence as they speak we know these things. We believe that you came from God. Your speaking plainly they think they really understand it. Well, they think that their difficulty has been cleared up in the things that they were saying were good.
They had they had confidence in Christ. They were assured of his divine origin and based on that they thought that they were making progress thought they were doing well beloved, listen and this will become personal fairly quickly in your own life there confession was fine as far as it went, but they were overconfident. They thought they knew more than they really knew they thought that they had achieved a greater level of spiritual maturity at that point than they had really accomplished. Look at how Jesus responds to them in verses 31 and 32 where Jesus answered and said do you now believe he throws the question back at them. He says are you sure about this. Do you really think that you have arrived. You see, their faith was sincere, but their faith was about to be exposed to a more severe task than they could have possibly imagined it would only be a matter of a few moments and they would see the Roman army descended upon Jesus, they would see him take him captive they would get scared and run just moments later after they expressed this great confidence about how much they knew and how much they understood life was going to play out before them and they were going to see that their faith was not as strong as they thought. So Jesus corrects them because overconfident disciples are not prepared for difficult trials me say that again when you are spiritually overconfident.
You are not prepared for difficult trials and people overestimate their condition all the time there spiritual strength know the Bible says let him who thinks he stands take heed lest he fall.
Whenever I think about that point my mind always goes back in my own life to November 19, 1988 I was a young Christian, and I was newly married in life was going good.
All of that. I think we had just found out that we were pregnant with our first child.
When I say we understand.
I mean, Nancy, when I say that in circumstances were good.
I've been doing some reading and doing some meditating and I was invigorated spiritually and I remember just like it happened yesterday. I slap my hand down set amount ready to be a man of God. I thought I was ready to go to that next spiritual level.
I had no idea what that meant and I don't even now I don't know what I was thinking of the time, but I'm saying to myself, and I'm kinda half praying to God is much as I am congratulating myself and I'm ready to move on. I'm ready to do and become a better and bigger Christian. Five days later was when my dad and brother were killed in that plane crash that I've mentioned from time to time unsaved, not what I was expecting. Contrary to all of the prayers that I had prayed for them and very quickly the spiritual confidence that I was boasting in on November 19 dissolved into an extremely long period of time of doubt and discouragement and borderline despair. Let's drop the adjective despair that lasted for years I had been confident, but I was confident in my own untested faith and I soon learned how shallow that faith, I thought I had really was. It was extremely painful and looking back on it extremely humbling to see the way that played out.
I say I'm ready to be a man by days later I'm reduced to rubble. That's the way it was with the Disciples of Christ at this particular point in time they affirmed their confidence in Christ there faith was fine as far as it went, but they were not as far along as they thought they were. They were too self-confident. They didn't understand the depth of the tests that awaited them in their weakness was going to be exposed during their despair at the time of Christ's death. Matthew 26 talks about how when the soldiers took them, they all fled. Where's your confidence. Now men, why are you running if you understand so much in the disparity between what they said and what the reality of their spiritual condition was that gap was quickly exposed.
Perhaps as we contemplate this issue of spiritual overconfidence.
Perhaps there is a word of encouragement in that for one of you here today you thought that you were a giant for Christ you thought that you were further along in your spiritual maturity, but subsequent events have given the light of that now. A trial has come and shaken you to the core in your groping and looking for something to grab hold of you find it.
The depth that you thought you had isn't there to draw on the well is almost empty. If you're like me when you are in that time you're torn between the struggles in your heart that would threaten to overwhelm you in trying to maintain a pretense of spiritual stability to those that are around you understand that listen here is a word of comfort. Jesus understands that you were never a strong as you thought you were.
He knew that before he saved you he knew that from the beginning of time, and even before he knew what your weakness was in his loving grace and mercy he saved you anyway. He patiently carried you along. Up to this point where you're in the midst of this trial, that in the present tense seems to threaten to undo you listen, take heart. Jesus knew what his disciples were like when he was speaking these words of comfort to them in the upper room. He knew that they were about to fail him and yet he was there speaking words of peace and comfort and strengthening them for what lay just ahead. Beloved.
Here's what I want to say to you. Here's what the word of God would say to you in the midst of that discouraging trial that ongoing wearing trial understand that the discipline of that trial is not designed to crush you in the end understand that God is working out purposes and he has prepared the way for you to come through that trial. On the other side long before you ever knew it was going to hit you. His perfect wisdom, his perfect knowledge of what is good for you has been operative through all of that his hand was involved in every aspect of that trial. That is come upon you and if you find your self seemingly unequal to the task. Beloved, take heart, and do this one thing simply humble yourself before God under the trial. Humble yourself to the point of saying, Lord, I am not where I thought I was. This trial has brought out the reality of it and it's not as great as I thought it was beloved that kind of humble confession before your Lord is very healthy.
It's part of what he's trying to do in the midst of that trial because, among other things, God is teaching you to abandon your self trust and put your confidence in Christ alone give up the thought that your something special. Spiritually, you are nothing apart from Christ. Only through the strength that he supplies are you able to do anything on your own in your flesh. You are nothing. You are zero and so don't post and what you think you are. Go back to Christ. Go back to your confidence in him and say it is by your grace alone that I will ever stand and orient your thoughts in that direction.
In the midst of your discouragement as you look for a way out. As you look for where the light to get you out of the tunnel is it starts right there. It starts with you is not about getting your circumstances changed is not about a sudden influx of cash or new job or whatever it is it you think you need.
What is designed in the midst of that discouragement is for you to come to the end of yourself and cast yourself wholly on the mercy of Christ, even as a believer. Jesus hints at what his disciples were going to do in verse 32. Let's look at it again. He hints at their coming defection in verse 32, when he says, behold, an hour is coming and has already come for you to be scattered each to his own home and to leave me alone.
And yet I am not alone because the father is with me. This had to have been unthinkable to the disciples.
Here they were with him. They were enjoying back that fellowship around the table and he says the hours here for you to be scattered no way way as you continue to read in the Gospels, the disciples shallow faith was exposed. Jesus was arrested in its Matthew 26 verse 56 that I alluded to earlier that says the disciples left him and fled in spiritual defeat. Here's what I want you to see about this passage, beloved, and as you think through how this applies in your own life here in John 1632 remember that what Jesus is doing the tenor of this the tone of this is encouragement. The tone of this is to give them strength. The tone of what he is doing here is to keep their hearts from being troubled even in light of their imminent defection in verse 33 he says this to them. Look at verse 33 with me these things I have spoken to you, so that in me you may have peace. He's not coming down hard on him is not cracking the whip on them.
He's intending to give them peace through what he says here in the world you have tribulation, but take courage. I have overcome the world peace. One source defines it as quote a state of being that lacks nothing and has no fear of being troubled in his tranquility. You're listening to the truth pulpit with Don green Don is really just prime the pump for what's to come next. The three keys to enduring peace examined one by one and all three come from one verse John 1633 and done. Who knew that 14 simple words could contain so much eternal truth Bill who could've thought that Christ would be so concerned for our souls that the eternal son of God would care about what goes on in our hearts friend Jesus spoke these words because he wanted it to be well with your soul. John 1633 as a roadmap to peace. Think about what it means and let it soak deep into your mind. Visit us at the truth. Pulpit.com and while you're there, you can also find a link to Don green's Facebook page and much all the truth. Pulpit.com. I'm Bill Wright. May God richly bless you my friends join us next time. As Don continues teaching God's people. God's word from the truthful