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When he comes, he’ll expose the error of the godless world’s view of sin, righteousness, and judgment: He’ll show them that their refusal to believe in me is their basic sin; that righteousness comes from above, where I am with the Father, out of their sight and control… John 16:8-10 (The Message)
Jesus answered them, “Do you finally believe? In fact, you’re about to make a run for it—saving your own skins and abandoning me. But I’m not abandoned. The Father is with me. I’ve told you all this so that trusting me, you will be unshakable and assured, deeply at peace. In this godless world you will continue to experience difficulties. But take heart! I’ve conquered the world.” John 16:31-33 (The Message)
I could camp out forever in these chapters – the last discourse attributed to Jesus in the Gospel of John, the last encouragement and instructions from Jesus to his disciples. Of course, these words weren’t transcribed for the benefit of the original 12 disciples. They were long-gone by the time they were written down. They were written for later followers – including you and me.
In John 16, Jesus is promising the “Friend,” the advocate, the Holy Spirit. The promise that we are never alone. The promise, if we choose to receive it, that truth will be revealed to us – truth from above, truth beyond the control of those that believe they know everything about right and wrong, good and evil.
Like Jesus, we are never abandoned!
Prayer Requests: Mark Stanford – healing; Doris Platt – in assisted living facility; Angie Came – recovering, Scott Button – recovering from surgery, diverticulitis; Ed Yokie – Medicana, recuperating from pneumonia, Christopher Lepard – physical and spiritual healing, Linda Dion – God’s will for her life, Paul Bennett – surgery
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