“Trouble, Courage, Victory,” John 16:23-33
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“Trouble, Courage, Victory,” John 16:23-33

The last sentences of the last verse of our text are the ones that most of us have heard. They are the ones that are most often quoted and possibly they are the ones that are the most misunderstood. The NIV says it this way, “In this world you will have trouble. But take heart...

“From Sorrow to Joy,” John 16:16-22
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“From Sorrow to Joy,” John 16:16-22

The conversation was almost over. By the time we read our text it was late at night. Jesus and the apostles must have been nearing the garden of Gethsemane. Judas had probably already betrayed him. The soldiers may have already been on their way to arrest him. We know from Matthew’s account of that night...

“Listen to the Truth,” John 16: 12-15
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“Listen to the Truth,” John 16: 12-15

Just a few hours after this passage we just read, after this conversation that Jesus was having with his apostles, Jesus was arrested. He was beaten and abused and then he stood before Pontius Pilate to either be condemned to death or freed due to the accusations that were being made against him. Pilate asked...

“Conviction,” John 16:7-11
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“Conviction,” John 16:7-11

We’ve been for months now talking about the night of Jesus’ life.  The night that he was arrested, the night that he washed the disciples’ feet, he served the last supper, he served the first communion, the night that he taught so many of the things that had to be said before he departed. Earlier...

“Advantage,” John 16:1-7
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“Advantage,” John 16:1-7

There is a word in John 16:7 that I have wrestled with for almost a month. Jesus said that he was going away, his death, resurrection and ascension into heaven was to our advantage. I don’t know why but the word “advantage” often has negative connotation for me. I think of someone gaining an advantage,...