Summary: Easter 6 - Jesus speaks plainly to his disciples about his heavenly Father. Our heavenly Father answers us joyfully. Our heavenly Father provides for us lovingly.

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May 29, 2011 -

Easter 6 -

JOHN 16:23b-30

INTRO: The time of Jesus’ crucifixion is coming closer and closer. Jesus is teaching his disciples as much as they can bear before the time of his death and resurrection. Jesus’ in-depth instruction begins near the end of chapter 13 and extends into chapter 17 of John. Jesus had much to teach. His disciples had much to learn. We are much like Jesus’ first disciples. Judgment Day is coming closer and closer. From now until that day we have much to learn. Jesus has much to teach. "For everything that was written in the past was written to teach us, so that through endurance and the encouragement of the Scriptures we might have hope" (ROMANS 15:4). We gather around the word of God to learn. We learn that no matter what happens on this earth and in our lives we always have hope.


I. Our Father answers joyfully. II. Our Father provides lovingly.


A. Verse 25. Jesus teaches about figurative and plain teaching. Jesus used parables to teach.

1. Jesus parables were earthly examples he used to explain deep, spiritual truths.

2. The disciples did not always understand. Jesus explained all to them. Jesus spoke plainly.

B. Verse 23b. Just pray and the Father hears. Just ask and the Father will answer.

1. Verse 24. Jesus has to teach the disciples about prayer. They were not taught this before.

2. In the days ahead Jesus’ disciples would wholeheartedly pray for joy, strength, and comfort.

a. Jesus’ betrayed – pray for joy. b.. Crucified – pray for strength. c. Burial – pray for comfort.

C. Verse 28. Jesus teaches his disciples about his death, leaving them and ascension, leaving again.

D. Sadness and sorrow could easily seep into one’s soul. Our world will always be a wicked world filled with sin and evil. This means that everything in this life is tainted by sin. We dare not expect our life to be exempt from the events that affect everyone else in this world. We, like everyone else, will also partake of the effects of sin. We will have heartache, sorrow, sadness, trials, and troubles that enter into our busy schedules. We may not always enjoy such things. It is then that we are reminded of the power God gives us through prayer. "Those who sow in tears will reap with songs of joy. He who goes out weeping, carrying seed to sow, will return with songs of joy, carrying sheaves with him" (PSALM 126:5, 6). We may sow in sadness and sorrow but we will harvest divine joy. After having sorrow we appreciate joy.

E. We live in a time and place where all kinds of experts offer all kinds of advice. Man’s wisdom and advice falls far short of the wisdom and truth that our gracious God gives to every believer. From time to time we may wander a bit farther away than we ought to from the source of our faith. We may even wonder about God’s wisdom in or for our lives. God has all of the answers for all of our lives and for all of time, right into eternity itself. "When your words came, I ate them; they were my joy and my heart's delight, for I bear your name, O LORD God Almighty" (JEREMIAH 15:6). Whenever we hear God’s word, or read God’s word, or study God’s we grow in our Christian faith. This is God’s joy to and for us.

F. Consider the awesomeness of our heavenly Father. The Lord God Almighty is our Father. As our Father the Lord God Almighty invites us to come to him in prayer. We can pray to God anywhere and anytime and with any and every kind of requests. But there is even more. "Now to him who is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine, according to his power that is at work within us, to him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus throughout all generations, for ever and ever!"(EPHESIANS 3:20, 21). God can and does more than we can imagine. God forgives us! God give us eternal life!


Our Father answers our prayers with joy.


A. Jesus’ disciples were beginning to understand more fully the plain language of Jesus about his Father.

1. Verse 26. The disciples praying in Jesus’ name would be praying directly to the Father.

2. Jesus would not have to pray on their behalf. The disciples’ prayers would go to the Father.

3. They did not need a High Priest or other priests or religious leaders to pray on their behalf.

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