The Gospel of John for Youth
Commentary by Pastor Ron
John Chapter 16
(Words in red in the Scriptures are the words of Jesus)
Verse 1. "These
things I have spoken to you so that you may be kept from stumbling."
has given you His words in His Bible, so you can understand what God wants
and not be confused.
Verse 2. "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."
religious people don't like those who TRUST in Jesus Christ. Don't be
afraid of them - just have faith in Jesus and He will get you through.
Verse 3. "These
things they will do because they have not known the Father or Me."
reason some religious people don't like those who have faith in Jesus
Christ, is because they don't love God the Father or God the Son.
Verse 4. "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."
time for Jesus to tell His disciples (students) they would have trouble in
this world. He would be leaving them (going to the cross) and they needed
to know what was going to happen. He would not be on earth to explain
things to them.
Verse 5. "But
now I am going to Him who sent Me; and none of you asks Me, 'Where are You
disciples (students of Jesus) were AMAZED by what He was saying. He was
going back to the Father and they were so upset, they were not able to ask
Verse 6. "But
because I have said these things to you, sorrow has filled your heart."
disciples (students of Jesus) expected Him to be with them all the rest of
their lives. He told them He would be LEAVING them, and they were filled
Verse 7. "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
sad that Jesus was leaving them, even though they would be with Him in
heaven. But something wonderful was going to happen. Jesus would send
His Holy Spirit to those who love Him, and He will be with you - forever.
Verse 8. "And
He, when He comes, will convict the world concerning sin and righteousness
need to worry about telling others about Jesus. Those in the world need
to know they are sinners in need of God’s help, and the Holy Spirit will
help you tell them.
Verse 9. "concerning
sin, because they do not believe in Me;"
“sin”? It is right here in this verse - it is refusing to believe in
Verse 10. "and
concerning righteousness, because I go to the Father and you no longer see
seen as a good (righteous) person to God, you must believe in His Son.
Jesus has gone to God the Father, and God especially loves those who trust
in His Son.
Verse 11. "and
concerning judgment, because the ruler of this world has been judged."
needs to know that EVERYBODY will be judged by God. Those who trust in
Jesus will be saved – they’ll be with Him forever. Those who don't trust
Him are just like Satan – they’re in big trouble.
Verse 12. "I
have many more things to say to you, but you cannot bear them now."
told you what you must hear. All you have to know has been said by Him.
What you need is right here in these verses. There is much more He COULD
say, but there is a limit to what we can take.
Verse 13. "But
when He, the Spirit of truth, comes, He will guide you into all the truth;
for He will not speak on His own initiative, but whatever He hears, He
will speak; and He will disclose to you what is to come."
Spirit of God (the Spirit of truth) will gently tell you what you need to
know. He will speak to your "heart" and He will explain to you what God
the Father and the Son want from you.
Verse 14. "He
will glorify Me, for He will take of Mine and will disclose it to you."
Spirit will teach you about Jesus and how to have faith in Him. He will
show you everything you need to know.
Verse 15. "All
things that the Father has are Mine; therefore I said that He takes of
Mine and will disclose it to you."
Everything belongs to Jesus Christ,
including you and me, and He knows everything we need to learn. The Holy
Spirit will give you ANSWERS to anything you are worried about.
Verse 16. "A
little while, and you will no longer see Me; and again a little while, and
you will see Me."
Jesus would go to a grave, and they
(the disciples) would run away. They would be alive and He would be dead
– they would not see Him! But He would then rise from the dead and go to
them. At that time, they would see Him again.
"Some of His disciples then said to one another, 'What is this thing He is
telling us, 'A little
while, and you will not see Me; and again a little while, and you will see
Me'; and, 'because I go to the Father'?"
The disciples (students) of Jesus
didn’t understand what He was saying. They didn’t WANT to understand,
because they thought He was saying He would leave them. It was true – He
would leave. But only for a little while. He’s with YOU right now.
"So they were saying, 'What is this that He says, 'A little while'? We do
know what He is talking about.'"
Jesus’ disciples (students) were no
longer listening to Him, because they were busy talking among themselves.
We need to listen to the Lord and not spend so much time worrying. Jesus
will take care of you and me.
"Jesus knew that they wished to question Him, and He said to them,
deliberating together about this, that I said, 'A little while, and you
will not see Me, and again a little while, and you will see Me'?"
The disciples wanted to ask Jesus a
lot of questions but they were afraid. He spoke to them and comforted
them. He understood they were worrying about what He had just told them.
Verse 20. "Truly,
truly, I say to you, that you will weep and lament, but the world will
rejoice; you will grieve, but your grief will be turned into joy."
The disciples would feel very sad and
would cry when Jesus died. Those who killed Jesus would be happy – they
would think they got rid of Him. But His disciples would be filled with
JOY, for He would soon rise from the dead. (And He did).
Verse 21. "Whenever
a woman is in labor she has pain, because her hour has come;
but when she gives birth to the child, she no longer remembers the anguish
because of the joy that a child has been born into the world."
Having a baby is painful, but most
mothers LOVE their little ones a LOT and are happy when they are born.
The mother forgets about the pain because she loves the child.
Verse 22. "Therefore
you too have grief now; but I will see you again, and your heart
will rejoice, and no one will take your joy away from you."
Jesus was saying, “What’s happening is
like the birth of a child” (see verse 22). Just like that mother, the
disciples (students) would soon be sad because of His death, but then be
very GLAD when He rose from the dead.
Verse 23. "In
that day you will not question Me about anything. Truly, truly, I say to
you, if you ask the Father for anything in
My name, He will give it to you."
When Jesus would rise from the dead,
His disciples (students) would have no more questions to ask Him. That He
is ALIVE is all we need to know. And because He is alive, you can ask
ANYTHING in His Name, and He will answer your prayer.
Verse 24. "Until
now you have asked for nothing in My name; ask and you will receive,
so that your joy may be made full."
Most people don’t really ask for
anything in prayer, because they’re afraid God won’t give them what they
want. If you utterly TRUST in Jesus, you will KNOW what to ask, and He
will give you what you need. Answered prayer will give you JOY.
Verse 25. "These
things I have spoken to you in figurative language; an hour is coming
when I will no longer speak to you in figurative language, but will tell
you plainly of the Father."
Jesus often spoke in “parables”, which
are like word pictures to help us understand. Soon, Jesus would speak to
His disciples clearly, so they would more easily see what He was saying.
Verse 26. "In
that day you will ask in My name, and I do not say to you that I will
request of the Father on your behalf;"
The disciples didn’t ask anything for
themselves, because they thought that only Jesus could get answers from
the Father. (They had seen His miracles.) He was telling them they could
ask the Father themselves, because they would ask in the Name of Jesus.
Verse 27. "for
the Father Himself loves you, because you have loved Me and have
believed that I came forth from the Father.”
God the Father has a special love for
all who love the Lord and believe that God the Son (Jesus Christ) was sent
by the Father to this world.
Verse 28. "I
came forth from the Father and have come into the world; I am leaving the
world again and going to the Father."
He told His disciples (and us) that He
was sent into this world by God the Father and that He would be soon
leaving. He did leave and He went to the Father.
"His disciples said, 'Lo, now You are speaking plainly and are not using a
figure of speech.'"
The disciples were surprised and
pleased. He had just spoken to them with plain words they could
"Now we know that You know all things, and have no need for anyone to
question You; by this we
believe that You came from God."
They (the disciples) thought that
because they had clearly understood the words of Jesus, they had FAITH at
last that He (Jesus) had come from God the Father.
"Jesus answered them,
'Do you now believe?'"
The disciples thought they now had
great faith in the Lord, but Jesus knew them and wasn’t so sure.
Verse 32. "Behold,
an hour is coming, and has already come, for you to be scattered,
each to his own home, and to leave Me alone; and yet I am not alone,
because the Father is with Me.”
Jesus knew that soon they would run
away and hide. Instead of faith and love, they would have unbelief and
fear. When Jesus was arrested, they would run away.
"These things I have spoken to you, so that in Me you may have peace. In
the world you have
tribulation, but take courage; I have overcome the world."
The disciples would remember all of
the words of Jesus. Soon He would die, just as He said. They would later
feel peace, remembering that He told them all this BEFORE He died. He
came back to life, just as He said, and He overcame the world. Jesus has
the victory, even over death. You can trust in Him.
Ron Beckham, Pastor
Friday Study Ministries