December 10, 2020 – Thursday
John 16:29-32 NIV
29 Then Jesus’ disciples said, “Now You are speaking clearly and without figures of speech.
30 Now we can see that You know all things and that You do not even need to have anyone ask You questions. This makes us believe that You came from God.”
31 “Do you now believe?” Jesus replied.
32 “A time is coming and in fact has come when you will be scattered, each to your own home. You will leave Me all alone. Yet I am not alone, for My Father is with Me.”
We are almost at the end of chapter 16 where Jesus has been comforting His disciples as He will soon leave them when He is arrested. In verse 25 which we covered yesterday Jesus said, 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. This and the following three verses must have been very understandable as it evoked the response from the disciples we have above (v29-30), Now You are speaking clearly and without figures of speech. Now we can see that You know all things and that You do not even need to have anyone ask You questions. This makes us believe that You came from God.
Pett provides the following which provides some depth concerning their response, The disciples now accept as wholeheartedly as they can that He has come into the world from the Father, that He has ‘come forth from God’. Thus they realise He is a heavenly figure and must know all things, and self-contentedly say that now none of them need ask Him anything about it any more, for now they understand. How foolish is the wisdom of men. They will soon learn how little they know. Do they now think that His going to the Father will be peaceful and without problems? Probably. For they were certainly not ready for what lay ahead. I really like his comment How foolish is the wisdom of men. All too often we want to put our (!) understanding of some verse or event in the Bible as the explanation above all others. Then later we find there was more, much more to learn and understand.
And indeed, Jesus’ reply cautioned them with a warning of the near future (v31-32), Do you now believe? A time is coming and in fact has come when you will be scattered, each to your own home. You will leave Me all alone. Yet I am not alone, for My Father is with Me. In fact, when Jesus was arrested, they all fled (scattered) and even though Peter followed he would deny Christ three times before the rooster crowed. Jesus ends up alone, completely, and totally alone, except His Father is with Him. Nonetheless, as subsequent events make clear, His love for His disciples never wavered. Or as Pett states, Yet in a strange way this will later be a source of comfort. They will be disappointed in themselves but they will be aware that He knew all the time what they would do and loved them still. That is also true of us today and should also be a source of comfort for us as well.
Prayer: Heavenly Father – Your love for us even when we fail gives us comfort as we struggle to get up and walk in Your will again. Your Son always has His hand out to help us get up and walk in Your will. Your love does more than give comfort, it sustains us during our trials and tribulations. – In Jesus name, amen.