Jesus says farewell – Part Thirteen (John 16)

We’re continuing in our series through Jesus’ farewell speech in John 14-17. 

Two weeks ago (in John chapter 14) we encountered the first significant block of teaching Jesus gives on the Holy Spirit – the advocate whom he would send in his place once he had gone. The fact that Jesus described him as “another paraclete” told us that the Spirit’s role would be very similar to that of the first paraclete – Jesus. He would be the presence of Jesus who would be with us (a companion alongside) and in us (an indwelling power), equipping us for the task to which we have been sent.

This week, we arrive at John chapter 16, in which the nature and role of the Spirit is taken up again.

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Jesus says farewell – Part Fifteen (John 16)

We’re continuing in our series through Jesus’ farewell speech in John 14-17. 

We’re getting towards the end of Jesus’ farewell speech. A speech given on the brink of an historic weekend. Thursday evening, the night before the Passover. The start of a long weekend which would see Jesus tried, tortured, and put to death on a cross. One that would leave the disciples frightened, scattered, and hopeless. But would end with great joy as Jesus came back from the dead.

In today’s passage (John 16:16-33), Jesus attempts to comfort his disciples, preparing them for the long, dark weekend ahead:

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