Jesus Comforts His Disciples. (John 14-16)

John 14-16 are known as the “comforting chapters.” In them, Jesus makes many promises to His disciples and ultimately to us. We rely heavily on these promises to bring comfort and joy into our own lives. Some we call on often. Some we take out of context. But they are there for us and will always be.

Let’s pretend for a moment that we are among those disciples, hearing our Lord, our great Rabbi, as He tells us what is going to happen. Recall that these words were spoken in the Upper Room at what we now call “The Last Supper.” We also have to drop back a moment into John 13.

In John 13, Jesus tells us about his pending death. Uhhh… wait a minute Jesus! Art, you said these were comforting chapters. I don’t understand, not one bit. Here I’ve spent day and night with You, Jesus. I’ve given up everything for You. Now, You’re going to LEAVE me? You’re going to DIE! I’m not sure I’m liking this much. In fact, this scares me a whole lot.

You haven’t let me down yet, Lord. Let me hear what you have to say.

12 When he had finished washing their feet, he put on his clothes and returned to his place. Do you understand what I have done for you? he asked them. 13 You call me Teacher and Lord, and rightly so, for that is what I am. 14 Now that I, your Lord and Teacher, have washed your feet, you also should wash one another’s feet. 15 I have set you an example that you should do as I have done for you. 16 Very truly I tell you, no servant is greater than his master, nor is a messenger greater than the one who sent him. 17 Now that you know these things, you will be blessed if you do them. (John 13:12-17)

I’m not sure just what this means, but.. well, you promised I’d be blessed. Tell me more.

Very truly I tell you, whoever accepts anyone I send accepts me; and whoever accepts me accepts the one who sent me. (John 13:20)

You’re sending someone, Lord? Do I know him? OK, I’m confused, but tell me more.

1 Do not let your hearts be troubled. You believe in God; believe also in me. 2 My Fathers house has many rooms; if that were not so, would I have told you that I am going there to prepare a place for you? 3 And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come back and take you to be with me that you also may be where I am. (John 14:1-3)

Hey, this sounds really good. I’ll be living in a mansion and my Master is going to come get me. Maybe this isn’t as bad as I thought it would be. He did just say “Don’t let your hearts be troubled.” John 14:1

You may ask me for anything in my name, and I will do it. (John 14:14)

Whew, Master, you did have me worried there for a bit. But I really am comforted in hearing this. Wait a second. I was so excited about hearing this that I missed the part before it. And why can’t I just ask you directly?

That’s right, you said you were going away and sending someone else to guide me. I guess this will make sense as you tell me more.

Uhhh, let me get this right.

Very truly I tell you, whoever believes in me will do the works I have been doing, and they will do even greater things than these, because I am going to the Father. (John 14:12)

You’re not giving me a blank check here, there are conditions on what I can ask for? Ahhh, I see. I have to be Your follower and ask for things that would be OK with You, that You’d be willing to ask the Father for. I think I’m OK with that. Remind me if I forget.

14 You may ask me for anything in my name, and I will do it.
Jesus Promises the Holy Spirit
15 If you love me, keep my commands. 16 And I will ask the Father, and he will give you another advocate to help you and be with you forever 17 the Spirit of truth. The world cannot accept him, because it neither sees him nor knows him. But you know him, for he lives with you and will be in you. 18 I will not leave you as orphans; I will come to you. 19 Before long, the world will not see me anymore, but you will see me. Because I live, you also will live. (John 14:14-19)

Master, You say I can trust this “Counselor” and I will because I trust you. I’m still pretty confused, though. I’m not sure how this guy can live in me or how I will be able to see you when others can’t. Please go on.

14 You may ask me for anything in my name, and I will do it.
Jesus Promises the Holy Spirit
15 If you love me, keep my commands. 16 And I will ask the Father, and he will give you another advocate to help you and be with you forever 17 the Spirit of truth. The world cannot accept him, because it neither sees him nor knows him. But you know him, for he lives with you and will be in you. 18 I will not leave you as orphans; I will come to you. 19 Before long, the world will not see me anymore, but you will see me. Because I live, you also will live. (John 14:28)

I feel much better now. You’re just going on a road trip and will be back soon. But what’s this about going to the Father? You’re not talking about Joseph here, are You, Master?

I will not say much more to you, for the prince of this world is coming. He has no hold over me, (John 14:30)

HEY! You’re talking about satan! I’m not so sure I like this very much.

I am the vine; you are the branches. If you remain in me and I in you, you will bear much fruit; apart from me you can do nothing. (John 15:5)

I’m with You, Master. For three years You’ve been preparing me to bear fruit. I’m going to have to think about what this “pruning” stuff means to me, though. That’s a bit ominous.

I have told you this so that my joy may be in you and that your joy may be complete. (John 15:11)

Well, I’m still not exactly sure what all this means, but You say my joy will be complete. I like that a whole lot. Now, that is comforting.

They will put you out of the synagogue; in fact, the time is coming when anyone who kills you will think they are offering a service to God. (John 16:2)

Uhhhh… hate me? Kick me out of the synagogue?? They might kill me? You’re asking a lot here, Lord. A whole lot! But these are things others will do to me, not You. Can’t say I like it much, but I’ll do it for You.

“I did not tell you this at first because I was with you.” (John 16:4) to be honest, Master, I kinda wish You’d said something before. But I’m here now and rather committed. You’ve said that now that I know the truth, I can’t very well back out now.

But when he, the Spirit of truth, comes, he will guide you into all the 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. (John 16:13)

You’re putting a lot on this Counselor, Master. But I’m with You. I’ll put my trust in Him, too.

Very truly I tell you, you will weep and mourn while the world rejoices. You will grieve, but your grief will turn to joy. (John 16:20)

My grief will turn to joy. Master, I’m just not sure how this is going to work. I’m very confused as to just what’s happening here. But I do trust You. I’m looking forward to this joy You promise.

“In this world you will have troubles.” (John 16:33)

Jesus, You’re asking a lot. But I have faith in You, Master. I’m going on this trip with You.

Shalom,
Art
Alive in The Word

About aliveintheword

Missouri, USA Married to Marty, 45 years 2 sons (with 2 daughers-in-law) and 2 granddaughters Life dedicated to serving Jesus Christ and delivering the Good News
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1 Response to Jesus Comforts His Disciples. (John 14-16)

  1. writinggomer says:

    Very insightful way to tell a story! Thanks for writing this Art. 🙂

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