“These things I have spoken to you so that you may be kept from stumbling. They will make you outcasts from the synagogue, but an hour is coming for everyone who kills you to think that he is offering service to God. These things they will do because they have not known the Father or Me. But these things I have spoken to you, so that when their hour comes, you may remember that I told you of them. These things I did not say to you at the beginning, because I was with you. But now I am going to Him who sent Me; and none of you asks Me, ‘Where are You going?’ But because I have said these things to you, sorrow has filled your heart. But I tell you the truth, it is to your advantage that I go away; for if I do not go away, the Helper will not come to you; but if I go, I will send Him to you. And He, when He comes, will convict the world concerning sin and righteousness and judgment; concerning sin, because they do not believe in Me; and concerning righteousness, because I go to the Father and you no longer see Me; and concerning judgment, because the ruler of this world has been judged.”
– John 16:1-11 (Jesus speaking)
These are more words that Jesus spoke to His disciples the night before He was crucified.
We see Jesus warning the apostles of the hard time they will have speaking in His name. He did not want them to be surprised at the hostility they would face. He had told them about this before, but, on the eve of His crucifixion, it was worth repeating and emphasizing.
Jesus also mentions again the Holy Spirit – the Helper. This would be the apostles’ lifeline to Jesus in heaven. After all, they did not have the New Testament as we do – for it was they who, in the years to come, would write it based on the memories of their times with Jesus that the Holy Spirit would bring to their minds.
We see that the work of the Holy Spirit is about, as you would expect, things having to do with being holy: sin, righteousness, judgment.
(Remember that prayer is more about listening than talking. Use the words below to start yourself, but then allow time to reflect more on the Scripture above before you say the “Amen.” During that time of quiet reflection, let God shape your thoughts and wait for a sense of peace to come. That’s your signal to say “Amen” and go forth to the day.)
Lord Jesus, we are grateful that we have both the Scriptures and the Holy Spirit to speak to us on Your behalf…(this is where you remain quiet to let Him work in your thoughts)… Amen.
(All scriptures, unless otherwise noted, are taken from the NASB.)