A Christ Filled Life – Getting To Know Jesus
Just listening to Juanita Bynum’s “What A Wonder You Are”, Jesus what a wonder you are. And reading Psalm 18:1) I will love Thee, O Lord, my strength. Deuteronomy 12:4; 1Samuel 2:2; Psalm 91:2.
“The Disciples Grief Will Turn To Joy”, John 16:17) Then said some of His disciples among themselves, What is this that He saith unto us, A little while, and ye shall not see Me: and, Because I go to the Father? 18) They said therefore, What is this that He saith, A little while? we cannot tell what He saith. 19) Now Jesus knew that they were desirous to ask Him and said unto them, Do ye enquire among yourselves of that I said; A little while, and ye shall not see Me: and again, a little while, and ye shall see Me? 20) Verily, verily, (Truly, truly) I say unto you, That ye shall weep and lament, but the world shall rejoice: and ye shall be sorrowful, but your sorrow shall be turned into joy. 21) A woman when she is in travail hath sorrow, because her hour is come: but as soon as she is delivered of the child, she remembereth no more the anguish, for joy that a man is born into the world. 22) And ye now therefore have sorrow: but I will see you again, and your heart shall rejoice, and your joy no man taketh from you. Acts 2:46; 1Peter 1:8. 23) And in that day ye shall ask Me nothing. Verily, verily, I say unto you, Whatsoever ye shall ask the Father in My Name, He will give it you. 24) Hitherto have ye asked nothing in My Name: ask, and ye shall receive, that your joy may be full. 25) These things have I spoken unto you in proverbs: but the time cometh, when I shall no more speak unto you in proverbs, but I shall shew you plainly of the Father. 26) At that day ye shall ask in My name: and I say not unto you, that I will pray the Father for you: 27) For the Father Himself loveth you, because ye have loved Me, and have believed that I came out from God. Jude 20:21. 28) I came forth from the Father, and Am come into the world: again, I leave the world, and go to the Father. John 13:3. 29) His disciples said unto Him, Lo, now speakest thou plainly, and speakest no proverb. 30) Now are we sure that thou knowest all things, and needest not that any man should ask thee: by this we believe that thou camest forth from God. 31) Jesus answered them, Do ye now believe? 32) Behold, the hour cometh, yea, is now come, that ye shall be scattered every man to his own (house), and shall leave Me alone: and yet I Am not alone, because The Father is with Me. 33) These things I have spoken unto you, that in Me ye might have peace. In the world ye shall have tribulation: but be of good cheer: I have overcome the world.
Matthew Henry’s Concise Commentary – v17-22 The sorrows of the Disciples would soon be turned into joy; as those of a mother at the sight of her infant. The Holy Spirit would be their Comforter, and neither men nor devils, neither sufferings in life nor in death, would ever deprive them of their joy. Sorrow is coming on the ungodly, which nothing can lessen: the Believer is an heir to Joy, which no one can take away. Where now is the joy of the murderers of our Lord and the sorrow of His Friends? v23-27 Asking of The Father shows a sense of spiritual wants and a desire of spiritual blessings with conviction that they are to be had from God only. Asking in Christ’s name, is acknowledging our unworthiness to receive any favours from God and shows full dependence upon Christ as the Lord of our Righteousness. Our Lord had hitherto spoken in parables to the disciples, which they did not fully understand: but after His Resurrection He would plainly teach them such things as related to the Father and The Way to Him: through His Intercession. And let us remember that to address the Father in the name of Christ, or to address the Son as God dwelling in human nature and reconciling the world to Himself, are the same since the Father and Son are one. v28-33 Here is a plain declaration of Christ’s coming from The Father and His return to Him. The Redeemer, in His entrance, was God manifest in the flesh, and in His departure was received up into Glory. By this saying the disciples improved in knowledge. Also in faith: “Now are we sure”. And while we have God’s favourable presence, we are happy and ought to be easy, though all the world forsake us. We ought to be encouraged, because Christ has overcome the world before us. But while we think we stand, let us take heed lest we fall. Let us watch and pray without ceasing that we may be able to overcome the world through Christ Jesus. Amen.