Day 4: John 16:16-33
Stories: Pain and Joy
1) Why don’t the disciples get it? Why can’t they see what we see clearly with hindsight? John is pointing out in this passage the difficulty they had with understanding what Jesus was saying. He did this not to self-incriminate himself or others, or to make them look stupid, but to illustrate how hard it is to understand what God is telling us unless we go straight to Him in honesty and ask for clarification. We need to engage with him in conversation
2) They scattered. Jesus did not reject the disciples even when they denied Him or scattered and left Him alone. They all (but one) came back to Him. That is what matters. When we stumble and fall, will we get up and accept forgiveness and return to Jesus?