John 16:25-27       NIV

John 16:25-27       NIV

December 09, 2020 – Wednesday 

John 16:25-27       NIV

25 Though I have been speaking figuratively, a time is coming when I will no longer use this kind of language but will tell you plainly about My Father. 

26 In that day you will ask in My name. I am not saying that I will ask the Father on your behalf. 

27 No, the Father Himself loves you because you have loved Me and have believed that I came from God.

Comment

I am so touched by verse 27 and its simple straight forward statement of love from God the Father for those who love Jesus and believe He came from God, the Father Himself loves you because you have loved Me and have believed that I came from God, that it is almost all I wish to discuss. But let us look at the other verses for context for as we know, context is king.

Consider verse 25, Though I have been speaking figuratively, a time is coming when I will no longer use this kind of language but will tell you plainly about My Father, where we learn some way somehow, He will continue to teach us! He says this knowing He will soon be crucified and dead, then after His resurrection there would be some teaching and He would ascent into Heaven. Yet He tells us He will continue to teach us about His Father. This is likely because He will, along with the Holy Spirit, abide in us as we read in John 15:4 (ESV), Abide in Me, and I in you. As the branch cannot bear fruit by itself, unless it abides in the vine, neither can you, unless you abide in Me. Plus, there would be the Gospels and the writings of His disciples that continue to instruct us to this day.

But soon after He is gone, In that day you will ask in My name. I am not saying that I will ask the Father on your behalf. Look at the first part of this verse, In that day you will ask in My name, where asking in His name implies our asking, our desires, should necessarily be aligned with the work He accomplished here on earth, plus all such prayers would also be aligned with His will and His desires for us. When we ask in His name, it is as if we are making a request He would make. Thus, the second part of the verse becomes clear, for when we ask in His name, He does not have to ask the Father if our prayers are in line with His will.

Then we come to what I think of as the love verse, No, the Father Himself loves you because you have loved Me and have believed that I came from God. He starts with a No to make sure His disciples and we understand He is not taking our request to the Father. Then we have the reason why, the Father Himself loves you because you have loved Me and have believed that I came from God! We are loved by Jesus’ Father because we love Jesus and believed Him when He said He came from God. That’s why He listens to our prayers and when He finds them in line with His will, He grants our prayerful requests, but in His own way in His own time. We are loved because we love Jesus for what He did for us and because of what He did for us, we believe (and know) He came from God.

There is more, much more in the preceding and subsequent verses, but I what I want you to take away from this is simply how much we are loved. Of course, Paul captured this when he wrote (Romans 5:8), But God demonstrates his own love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us. We are loved by God.

Prayer: Heavenly Father – The love You have for us goes beyond understanding, but there it is. You love us and loved us when we were still sinners, living a life of sin. I have no words for how thankful I am for your love, except to say Thank You. – In Jesus name, amen.

RileyD, nwJ
Riley D. Driver – Pastor
Calvary Chapel of Dayton