Jesus Promised Peace
Book of John 16:16-33
If we remember all the wonderful things of last week’s lesson, then we will continue knowing those this week.
We know that having “faith” in the work that the Lord Jesus did to provide our salvation then we know we will not get to Heaven without this knowledge.
Act 4:8 Then Peter, filled with the Holy Ghost, said unto them, Ye rulers of the people, and elders of Israel,
Act 4:9 If we this day be examined of the good deed done to the impotent man, by what means he is made whole;
Act 4:10 Be it known unto you all, and to all the people of Israel, that by the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth, whom ye crucified, whom God raised from the dead, even by him doth this man stand here before you whole.
Act 4:11 This is the stone which was set at nought of you builders, which is become the head of the corner.
Act 4:12 Neither is there salvation in any other: for there is none other name under heaven given among men, whereby we must be saved.
It is now Thursday where at 6 PM Friday will begin.
Here we are less than a day before Jesus was to be crucified and Jesus was talking about having the peace of God by making peace with God!
Jesus takes this time to proclaim His resurrection and the effect His resurrection will have upon this world.
*****Joh 16:16 A little while, and ye shall not see me: and again, a little while, and ye shall see me, because I go to the Father.
In this lesson we will get to see the humanity of these 11 men. As Apostles they were mighty warriors for the Gospel and began the early church.
This day they were humans who did not understand what the Lord is saying, like many of us when we try to understand what God is saying.
If we hold on and pray, the same Scripture that caused confusion will be explained in another Scripture.
The Lord never tries to leave us with doubts!
Jesus Christ just revealed to these men that it was just a day before He would be taken away from them and He would die upon a cross.
Jesus had talked of these things but now they were about to become a reality.
Joh 7:33 Then said Jesus unto them, Yet a little while am I with you, and then I go unto him that sent me.
Joh 7:34 Ye shall seek me, and shall not find me: and where I am, thither ye cannot come.
Before these words even settle in, Jesus says and a little while after His death, they would see Him again.
This would be the three days He had taught them earlier!
Mat_12:40 For as Jonas was three days and three nights in the whale’s belly; so shall the Son of man be three days and three nights in the heart of the earth.
We know that these 3 days were from Friday to Sunday, the way that the Jews counted their days.
Then Jesus goes on to say that because they will see Him after His resurrection, our best information says for about 40 days, then He will go home to His Father who sent Him!
Obviously, this was a lot of information for them to digest at this point in their relationship with the Lord.
Many of us had these same thoughts when the truth of Christ Jesus was revealed to us!
These 11 men confessed that these were things that they could not understand.
*****Joh 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 again, a little while, and ye shall see me: and, Because I go to the Father?
Joh 16:18 They said therefore, What is this that he saith, A little while? we cannot tell what he saith.
Notice they were first too embarrassed to confront Jesus, so they talked among themselves. As we know, nothing can be hidden from the Lord!
We need to understand what puzzled these men.
In a little while, really just a few hours, the Lord Jesus Christ would take on all the sin of the world, past, present and future and He would take this sin to Hell where it belonged.
In another little while, 3 days by Jewish time, Jesus would raise from the dead, and these men would see Him and be with Him for about 40 days.
In fact there were more than 500 witnesses that saw Jesus after His death and His resurrection.
The theme of this passage may be that we all understand, that it is only a little while by Heavens time that the Lord will return, and we should be looking for His return!
Jesus not only triumphed over sin and Satan, but He also triumphed over death!
You see, we need to concentrate on our future and not our sinful past!
When we go to sleep at night, we can rest knowing our future is bright.
When did we know these things? Just like these 11 men, not until we received the Holy Spirit to live within us.
The main thing we need to understand is Jesus Christ did resurrect from the dead. His tomb is empty just like He said it would be!
If there was no resurrection, there would be no church!
The Holy Ghost has taken some time in the “Gospels” not only to glorify the Lord Jesus Christ, but also to show us the skepticism of these 11 men.
When we compare them before the resurrection to what we see after Pentecost when the Holy Spirit has awakened them to the truth, we see much difference.
They were fishers of fish who became fishers of men! The Gospels allow us to see this transition. They were “Born Again” just as we must be to understand the Word of God!
Mar 1:17 And Jesus said unto them, Come ye after me, and I will make you to become fishers of men
Of course Jesus knew their thoughts.
*****Joh 16:19 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?
What we see next is that Jesus would not wait until they had enough courage to ask Jesus to clarify Himself.
Jesus never wants us to be confused in the Scriptures, so if will study we will see that best commentary of the Bible is the Bible itself!
Heb 4:13 Neither is there any creature that is not manifest in his sight: but all things are naked and opened unto the eyes of him with whom we have to do.
Heb 4:14 Seeing then that we have a great high priest, that is passed into the heavens, Jesus the Son of God, let us hold fast our profession.
Then Jesus explains Himself:
***** Joh 16:20 Verily, verily, 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.
We must also not miss the patience of the Lord.
Jesus knows the only question that is not answered is the question that is not asked!
Besides these 11 men who would be the Apostles there were about 500 more who would weep for the Lord Jesus during His passion and His death.
1Co 15:3 For I delivered unto you first of all that which I also received, how that Christ died for our sins according to the scriptures;
1Co 15:4 And that he was buried, and that he rose again the third day according to the scriptures:
1Co 15:5 And that he was seen of Cephas, then of the twelve:
1Co 15:6 After that, he was seen of above five hundred brethren at once; of whom the greater part remain unto this present, but some are fallen asleep.
1Co 15:7 After that, he was seen of James; then of all the apostles.
1Co 15:8 And last of all he was seen of me also, as of one born out of due time.
The rest of the world rejoiced that Jesus had been murdered!
At this point in all their lives they had accepted Satan!
In the death of Jesus, these men lost their most dear, and most trusted friend!
They had still not realized what the Lord had taught them, and they were most disappointed in their own hopes.
They had looked forward to the Messianic Kingdom but when the time is right, they will not realize so much time has passed.
Just like when we meet our own loved ones already in Heaven, they will not realize that so much time has passed because they live in the land of no time.
When the resurrection of the Lord takes places joy will return to these men. At the ascension of the Lord they will begin to understand what the Lord was saying. When the Holy Spirit comes upon them at Pentecost, they will know why the Lord did all the things that He did!
The Lord Jesus gives us an example:
*****Joh 16:21 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.
There is a great contrast between sorrow over death and the joy of the resurrection.
Because of the curse placed on women, because of the disobedience of Eve, a woman suffers greatly for the biggest part of 9 months.
Gen 3:16 Unto the woman he said, I will greatly multiply thy sorrow and thy conception; in sorrow thou shalt bring forth children; and thy desire shall be to thy husband, and he shall rule over thee.
Eve had been disobedient to the Word of God given to her husband Adam and Adam had allowed her to do it!
At child birth she suffers the most and there is great pain but when that child appears all that sorrow and pain disappears!
The joy of the resurrection of Jesus Christ can only be poorly compared to the joy at the birth of a child!
Now Jesus did not say that the mother’s sorrow and pain was replaced by joy but that it was transformed into joy.
The same baby that caused the pain also was the same baby that was the cause of joy!
The resurrection of Jesus Christ is the one greatest event in world history!
1Co 15:20 But now is Christ risen from the dead, and become the firstfruits of them that slept.
1Co 15:21 For since by man came death, by man came also the resurrection of the dead.
1Co 15:22 For as in Adam all die, even so in Christ shall all be made alive.
1Co 15:23 But every man in his own order: Christ the firstfruits; afterward they that are Christ’s at his coming.
1Co 15:24 Then cometh the end, when he shall have delivered up the kingdom to God, even the Father; when he shall have put down all rule and all authority and power.
How is all this sorrow overcome, the Lord Jesus Christ did rise from His death, The Lord Jesus Christ did rise in His ascension and though world says no, the Lord Jesus Christ will return, first to get His Church and next to bring judgment on those who have rejected Him!
*****Joh 16:22 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.
Joh 16:23 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.
We go through a lot of things upon this earth, some good but much bad, but the day we meet Jesus in the air will be a day of great joy knowing our earthly life is over and we will be going home.
In fact, we must never think we will see the sorrow of these 11 men and some others. In fact we should never lose our peace, or love, know that we are the children of God.
Even now since Jesus went back to Heaven, He is our High Priest, but He is also our Mediator between us and God.
In fact Jesus is so confident that we are the Father’s children that He says, Just ask your Father in the name of Jesus, and He will provide.
These things must be in the will of God for us, but to be in God’s will is to be obedient to the Word of God and the Words of His Dear Son!
When we think we have not heard from God we must first see if we have been obedient children!
Joh 15:7 If ye abide in me, and my words abide in you, ye shall ask what ye will, and it shall be done unto you.
Joh 15:8 Herein is my Father glorified, that ye bear much fruit; so shall ye be my disciples.
You see at the death of Christ Jesus, the veil was ripped into in the Jewish Temple signifying that only the High Priest could go beyond, the veil.
When Jesus ascended back to Heaven, He became our own High Priest and assumed the duties of the Jewish High Priests, not just for the Jews but for the Church.
1Jn 5:14 And this is the confidence that we have in him, that, if we ask any thing according to his will, he heareth us:
1Jn 5:15 And if we know that he hear us, whatsoever we ask, we know that we have the petitions that we desired of him.
1Jn 5:16 If any man see his brother sin a sin which is not unto death, he shall ask, and he shall give him life for them that sin not unto death. There is a sin unto death: I do not say that he shall pray for it.
1Jn 5:17 All unrighteousness is sin: and there is a sin not unto death.
1Jn 5:18 We know that whosoever is born of God sinneth not; but he that is begotten of God keepeth himself, and that wicked one toucheth him not.
1Jn 5:19 And we know that we are of God, and the whole world lieth in wickedness.
I particularly like that part about; that wicked one(Satan) cannot touch us!
What else did Jesus say to these 11?
*****Joh 16:24 Hitherto have ye asked nothing in my name: ask, and ye shall receive, that your joy may be full.
We just do not realize how much we have gained since Jesus Christ went back to Heaven!
There is an open door into the throne room of God that has been given to us!
1) The death of Christ has told us things that Jesus could not tell the Apostles.
2) The resurrection of Christ has cast His light upon all the dark places in this world.
3) The ascension of Christ has opened the door to Heaven for all God’s children.
Jesus has already said that we know where He went, and we know how to get there!
These Apostles had been going directly to Jesus because He was with them, now they needed to go directly to the Father but through the name of Jesus Christ.
This is not so hard to understand, yet so many refuse to do it!
You cannot get to the Father in any way, form, or fashion, without going through the Lord Jesus Christ!
*****Joh 16:25 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.
A proverb was an eastern method of teaching by similitudes and figures and parables because the people could connect to what was said.
A similitude is speaking of one thing that will awaken in you the meaning of a far greater thing.
Jesus used this method a lot to teach these disciples.
Mat 13:13 Therefore speak I to them in parables: because they seeing see not; and hearing they hear not, neither do they understand.
Mat 13:14 And in them is fulfilled the prophecy of Esaias, which saith, By hearing ye shall hear, and shall not understand; and seeing ye shall see, and shall not perceive:
Mar_4:34 But without a parable spake he not unto them: and when they were alone, he expounded all things to his disciples.
You see there is coming a time when we will not need parables and proverbs to teach us because we will get to see the real thing.
We should know the importance of what Jesus is saying!
*****Joh 16:26 At that day ye shall ask in my name: and I say not unto you, that I will pray the Father for you:
Joh 16:27 For the Father himself loveth you, because ye have loved me, and have believed that I came out from God.
Joh 16:28 I came forth from the Father, and am come into the world: again, I leave the world, and go to the Father.
Maybe the greatest gift Jesus has given to us, while we are yet upon this earth is “Prayer”.
We can walk boldly into the throne of God and make our request be known of Him!
God wants us to pray because a prayer means we trust our Father.
Without faith we will never please our Father in Heaven and it is certain we will never get a prayer answered.
In its simplest fashion, prayer is having a conversation with our Creator!
The truth is that prayer can change the way God acts!
We can never change the plan of God in any way, but things that have no effect on the plan of God, He is willing to change!
Jas 4:2 Ye lust, and have not: ye kill, and desire to have, and cannot obtain: ye fight and war, yet ye have not, because ye ask not.
Jas 4:3 Ye ask, and receive not, because ye ask amiss, that ye may consume it upon your lusts.
1Jn 1:8 If we say that we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us.
1Jn 1:9 If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.
1Jn 1:10 If we say that we have not sinned, we make him a liar, and his word is not in us.
Besides “faith” that God can do as we ask, if we ask right, it is still out of reach if we do not end our prayer by saying in Jesus name!
We should also understand that God knows everything about us and everything we may need. We cannot hide anything from God and we are fools to try to. We need to describe our sin, so our Father will know that we understand what sin is.
The main thing to understand is, that our Heavenly Father loves us much more than we will ever understand while we live upon this earth!
Again Jesus emphasizes that all these things begin when we accept the fact the Jesus Christ is the God-man. Jesus Christ is God come down from Heaven to provide a plan of salvation so great that it could not have been conceived by man!
What does the world believe?
The world believes that God is an angry God and Jesus has to beg Him to save us.
The world believes that God is just moving around in outer space and really does not care for us.
The world believes that maybe God exist or maybe not, but it is good to pray anyhow.
We can see why most of the prayers of the world go unanswered.
Eph 2:4 But God, who is rich in mercy, for his great love wherewith he loved us,
Eph 2:5 Even when we were dead in sins, hath quickened us together with Christ, (by grace ye are saved;)
Eph 2:6 And hath raised us up together, and made us sit together in heavenly places in Christ Jesus:
Eph 2:7 That in the ages to come he might shew the exceeding riches of his grace in his kindness toward us through Christ Jesus.
How did the disciples react to these words? They knew what Jesus was saying!
*****Joh 16:29 His disciples said unto him, Lo, now speakest thou plainly, and speakest no proverb.
Joh 16:30 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.
The resurrection of Jesus Christ proves that Jesus was the true Messiah!
Jesus came from our Heavenly Father and Jesus returned to our Heavenly Father!
Rom 1:4 And declared to be the Son of God with power, according to the spirit of holiness, by the resurrection from the dead:
We can look back on History and see that these disciples did not really understand what Jesus was saying at this time.
These disciples may have had great faith that Jesus did come from the Father, as the Messiah, but they had not grasp all of what Jesus had said!
They were still lacking “faith” in His Words!
It is like the wise man said: “no one is interested with the life boats until the ship is sinking!
The truth is you cannot keep the mouth shut in a true believer!
Christians are quiet when they do not have the faith, they say they do!
And Jesus said: You do not really know what your faith says!
*****Joh 16:31 Jesus answered them, Do ye now believe?
Joh 16:32 Behold, the hour cometh, yea, is now come, that ye shall be scattered, every man to his own, and shall leave me alone: and yet I am not alone, because the Father is with me.
It is easy to see that even when the Lord was surrounded by those who said they were believers, He was still standing alone!
It also can be said that down deep in our own souls we know we will die alone just as the Lord did!
It is sad that so many say they believe, and they do not know why!
We should also remember that it is getting late on Thursday and at 6 o’clock Friday would begin.
Jesus shook their beliefs when He said to them they would turn and run and Jesus would have to defend Himself alone.
Jesus was not questioning their “faith”, but He was questioning the intensity of their “faith”.
This is where we get in trouble especially in our prayer life.
We can say we have faith and we do, but just how great a faith do we have?
Jesus said just a little faith could move mountains!
Mat_17:20 And Jesus said unto them, Because of your unbelief: for verily I say unto you, If ye have faith as a grain of mustard seed, ye shall say unto this mountain, Remove hence to yonder place; and it shall remove; and nothing shall be impossible unto you.
You see it is the existence of faith that we all must have.
Those who have great “faith” must help those who have little “faith”!
Jesus would die on the cross the very next day, so the time was very short, and Jesus knew they would scatter but He also knew that they would come together to change this world.
It would be at the cross where Jesus would find Himself totally alone because, He took upon Himself the sin of the entire world, that day and everyday future.
Mar_15:34 And at the ninth hour Jesus cried with a loud voice, saying, Eloi, Eloi, lama sabachthani? which is, being interpreted, My God, my God, why hast thou forsaken me?
You see this is what sin does it separates us from our loving God!
With sin removed we can be at peace with God.
*****Joh 16:33 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.
Six times Jesus uses this phrase.
It is in the death of Jesus Christ that we receive the atonement!
This is the work of Christ that we must believe to be saved and at peace with God.
It is the love of God that brought this about by God the Son (Jesus).
Rom 3:25 Whom God hath set forth to be a propitiation through faith in his blood, to declare his righteousness for the remission of sins that are past, through the forbearance of God;
Rom 3:26 To declare, I say, at this time his righteousness: that he might be just, and the justifier of him which believeth in Jesus.
God could not have saved us in any manner and we should consider that God did not have to save us at all, which is another proof of His love.
This death had to take place for there to be a resurrection.
Luk 24:25 Then he said unto them, O fools, and slow of heart to believe all that the prophets have spoken:
Luk 24:26 Ought not Christ to have suffered these things, and to enter into his glory?
The resurrection had to take place before there could ever be a glorification.
Rom 8:23 And not only they, but ourselves also, which have the firstfruits of the Spirit, even we ourselves groan within ourselves, waiting for the adoption, to wit, the redemption of our body.
Rom 8:24 For we are saved by hope: but hope that is seen is not hope: for what a man seeth, why doth he yet hope for?
We already know by now that we indeed see the tribulation of this world against Christians and we must know that these things will get worse.
But it is that peace of God, without understanding that allows us to feel the joy of the Lord that will carry us through till the time to go home.
Joh 15:11 These things have I spoken unto you, that my joy might remain in you, and that your joy might be full.