Summary: Jesus offers some great encouragement for us to enjoy!
• SLIDE #1
• Have you had moments of joy only to be followed by moments of discouragement?
• We have talked about how on this final evening with Jesus before the crucifixion how the mood of the night went for joy to confusion, to discouragement.
• As Jesus is reading the hearts of these men during this final evening together, He knows what they are thinking, and what they fear.
• Seeing this, Jesus tells disciples He is going to change the way He speaks to them concerning the Kingdom of God.
• Gone are the parables, now it is time to lay it on the line with these men.
• Time is short and there is a lot to share with these men in these final hours.
• SLIDE #2
• John 16:25 (ESV) “I have said these things to you in figures of speech. The hour is coming when I will no longer speak to you in figures of speech but will tell you plainly about the Father.
• Jesus goes on in verse 27 to remind these men of something very important.
• SLIDE #3
• John 16:27 (ESV) for the Father himself loves you, because you have loved me and have believed that I came from God.
• In the midst of their discouragement, Jesus reminds these men that God loves them.
• When you are facing the struggles of life, it is imperative that you understand that God loves you.
• We can be encouraged by knowing that God loves us even when we do not feel like He should. Jesus does not want these disciples or you to live in discouragement; He wants us to be encouraged and strong!
• As the time nears for Jesus to go to the cross, Jesus offers these disciples something. As we look at what He offers them, I pray that we can draw a deeper of level of encouragement from the words of Jesus!
• Let us turn to John 16:33 to see what Jesus offers to us!
• SLIDE #4
• John 16:33 (ESV) I have said these things to you, that in me you may have peace. In the world you will have tribulation. But take heart; I have overcome the world.”
• First we see that…
• SLIDE #5
I. A great blessing.
• Jesus starts verse 33 by saying, “I have said these things to you, that in me you may have peace.
• Peace is something that Jesus wants you to have no matter what the situation. Jesus knows what He is about to face and how it will impact His disciples.
• Jesus is offering inner peace from the coming pain they were about to face.
• This is something that we have to understand if we are going to grow in Christ, we have to know that in Christ we can experience peace.
• SLIDE #6
• Philippians 4:7 (ESV) And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.
• The reason this peace surpasses all understanding is because you cannot understand it.
• The circumstances that we face would tell us that we should be in turmoil and that we should be panicking.
• We should be running in circles screaming until we drop from heart failure!
• When you experience the peace of Christ, you do not feel compelled to react in that manner.
• The peace that Jesus wants them to have can ONLY be found in Him. Jesus says that IN ME you will have peace.