John 16:26-33

26 In that day you will ask in My name, and I do not say to you that I shall pray the Father for you;

27 for the Father Himself loves you, because you have loved Me, and have believed that I came forth from God.

28 I came forth from the Father and have come into the world. Again, I leave the world and go to the Father."

29 His disciples said to Him, "See, now You are speaking plainly, and using no figure of speech!

30 Now we are sure that You know all things, and have no need that anyone should question You. By this we believe that You came forth from God."

31 Jesus answered them, "Do you now believe?

32 Indeed the hour is coming, yes, has now come, that you will be scattered, each to his own, and will leave Me alone. And yet I am not alone, because the Father is with Me.

33 These things I have spoken to you, that in Me you may have peace. In the world you will have tribulation; but be of good cheer, I have overcome the world."

The world preaches God's love, but Christ says that God's love is for those who love the Son and believed on Him (v. 27).

love (v. 27) — phileo = fondness, intimate friendliness

Verse 28 is a summary of Christ's entire ministry.

At this point (v. 29), Christ spoke plainly and didn't use parables.

Quote (v. 32) is from Zechariah 13:7: "Awake, O sword, against My Shepherd, against the Man who is My Companion," says the Lord of hosts. "Strike the Shepherd, and the sheep will be scattered; Then I will turn My hand against the little ones." (See Matthew 26:31 and Mark 14:27)

Christ knew the disciples would abandon Him (v. 32) but He offered them peace and hope (v. 33). Their faith was genuine but not strong.

Verse 33 is a warning — rough times are coming.

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