In this world you will have Tribulation:
(Read John 16:1-4)
As Jesus' departure drew near he warned the disciples about the persecution they would face in this future. Also he encouraged them with the promise of the future ministry of the Holy Spirit. Christ never promised a trouble free Christian life. He said, "In this world you will have tribulation, but be of good cheer, I have overcome the world" (16:33). The world will hate, isolate, reject and even kill us, thinking that they are serving God. They do this because they do not know the Father. Christ wanted that the disciples should be prepared for the coming tribulation. Christian life is not a trouble free, healthy, wealthy and happy life. They will share the blessing of God's permanent presence through the indwelling of the Spirit in them (Gal 3:2; Rom 8:9). He will fill them with divine comfort in the midst of their trials. So they should not be shaken or confused when the world hates them. Christians should not allow the values of this world to drive the church and its people. May God give us the grace to appreciate the ministry of the Holy Spirit in our lives.
The Work of the Holy Spirit:
(Read John 16: 5-15)
The disciples were sad that Christ was going away. Jesus told them that it was necessary for him to go, so that the Holy Spirit would come. They were not yet ready to understand all that Christ wanted them know. The Holy Spirit will take permanent resident in them (Rom 8:9). He is the great Helper. We cannot live Christian life in our own strength. The work of the Spirit is to convict the world of sin, of righteousness and of judgment. He would convict the world concerning sin by warning about the danger of not believing in Christ. The ultimate sin is not believing in Christ (16:9). Conviction of sin often leads to repentance and regeneration. Secondly the Holy Spirit convicts the world of righteousness. The World rejected Jesus Christ, the righteous one. Christ’s resurrection and ascension are the proof that he is righteous. God accepts Christ as the righteous one when he raised him from the dead. (Rom 1:4). Only the Holy Spirit can convicts us of true righteousness. Thirdly the Holy Spirit will convict the world of the final judgment. Satan the ruler of this world is already judged. The Holy Spirit will convict those who reject Christ in the final judgment (Rev 20:11-15). Are you willing to be controlled and empowered by the Holy Spirit to share the gospel so that others would be convicted of their sin and respond to the saving grace of God? The Spirit helps us to have confidence in the written word of God and draws our attention to Christ. It is the source of our comfort. The Holy Spirit bears witness with our spirit that we are Children of God (Rom 8:16). The Holy Spirit helps us to understand the Bible and reveals more of the glories of Christ. Pray that the values of the world should not distract us from our commitment to Christ.
The Holy Spirit will guide us into all truth:
(Read John 16:16-24)
Jesus knew that the disciples will be sorrowful because he is no longer with them. He said that after a while they will see him and be joyful. Jesus compared this to a mother when she gives gives birth to a child. The sorrow will come at the death of Christ, but joy will come with the resurrection. It gives them living hope that enables them to endure oppositions (1 Pet 1:3). The Holy Spirit is our great Helper. He helped the apostles to write the gospels by reminding them of what he taught them (14:26). He will guide believers into all truth. This promise has its immediate fulfillment in the writing of the New Testament. The Holy Spirit helps us to understand the Scripture. The disciples were confused and sorrowful when Jesus said He would go away and return again. He was referring to his death and the coming of the Holy Spirit. The indwelling of the Holy Spirit gives us the living hope of our eternal inheritance (1 Pet 1:4). Our sorrow will turn to lasting joy. This same joy has been given to Christians today (1 Pet 1:8). Since Christ has returned to the Father, our prayer should be made in his name. Now we pray to God on the merits of the finished work of Christ and his supreme position in heaven. Jesus is our great and only mediator. The Father will answer our prayers because we ask in the name of Christ. Our joy and comfort will be will complete when Christ returns.
Jesus Overcame the World:
(Read John 16:25-33)
Christians should anticipate difficulty while they wait for the return of Christ. His victory guarantees of our victory over in and Satan. Our faith in the finished work of Christ, helps to overcome the world the world together with Christ (1 John 5:4-5). Only Jesus can give peace because He has overcome the world (16:33). We will someday experience the fullness of this victory but in the meantime we can find peace in the midst of our suffering. Jesus told disciples that they will be scattered at his arrest and he would be alone. Yet he is not alone because the Father is with him. Difficult circumstances do not have to destroy our inner peace when Christ is with us. If you are fearful, present your worries to Christ because he promised to guard our hearts and minds with his peace (Phil 4:6-7).