(4-15) The Work of the Holy Spirit
Jesus the Christ promised His disciples that when He left them, He would not leave them alone. He would send the Holy Spirit to them and the Holy Spirit would guide them into all truth. Even with this promise that they would not be left alone, the disciples were still sorrowful at Jesus’ imminent departure. Their future seemed dark without Him. Despite their sorrow, Jesus assures His disciples that it is to their advantage for Him to go away. His arrest, His beating, His mocking, His crucifixion, His death, His burial was to their advantage. I’m sure the disciples were asking: How can this be?
But if Jesus had not gone away, the disciples would have remained babies in their faith. They would never have had opportunities to do even greater things than Jesus had done. The disciples would never have been clothed with power from on high. They would have never branched out on their own, preaching the Gospel to the ends of the earth and making disciples of all nations. It was to their advantage that Jesus left, and to our advantage as well. Marcus Dods said, “The withdrawal of the bodily presence of Christ was the essential condition of His universal spiritual presence.”
(16-24) Your Sorrow Will Turn into Joy
Even though they only whispered it among themselves and never asked Him directly, Jesus knew the disciples wanted more clarification about His words. So He continued to explain things to them. Jesus already knows when we have questions for Him, so we might as well ask them.
The disciples experienced sorrow at Jesus’ death, but Jesus’ resurrection turned that same sorrow into joy. Their sorrow was not erased or replaced, but simply changed into joy! Christ does not replace our hardships or erase our troubles. He simply transforms it into something better and beautiful.
(25-33) I Have Overcome the World
Jesus said, “Behold, the hour is coming, indeed it has come, when you will be scattered, each to his own home, and will leave me alone.” Judas had already betrayed Him. Jesus knew that Peter would deny Him. He also knew that the rest of His disciples would flee when He was arrested, and would leave me alone. Yet, Jesus did not consider Himself alone, because He knew His Father was always with Him.
We are never alone either. This is why Christ encourages us to take heart in a world full of tribulation. In Him, we have peace. In Him, we are loved. In Him, we are wanted. In Him, we have a friend. He has overcome the world.
Favorite verse: (33) 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.”