God’s Renewing Word of Love
John 16:25-33: Today’s reading concludes the “Farewell Discourse” which began with John 14 (see the reading from February 10). While Jesus tells the disciples that the world will make them suffer, he assures them that he has defeated the world and that God loves them.
Victory over the World
25“I have used figures of speech to tell you these things. But the time will come when I will not use figures of speech, but will speak to you plainly about the Father. 26When that day comes, you will ask him in my name; and I do not say that I will ask him on your behalf, 27for the Father himself loves you. He loves you because you love me and have believed that I came from God. 28I did come from the Father, and I came into the world; and now I am leaving the world and going to the Father.”
29Then his disciples said to him, “Now you are speaking plainly, without using figures of speech. 30We know now that you know everything; you do not need to have someone ask you questions. This makes us believe that you came from God.”
31Jesus answered them, “Do you believe now? 32The time is coming, and is already here, when all of you will be scattered, each of you to your own home, and I will be left all alone. But I am not really alone, because the Father is with me. 33I have told you this so that you will have peace by being united to me. The world will make you suffer. But be brave! I have defeated the world!”
Today’s Key Verse: John 16:33b
[Jesus said:] “Be brave. I have defeated the world!”
What is the victory that Jesus speaks of? In verse 28, Jesus tells the disciples that he is leaving the world and returning to God the Father. He came from God and was sent into the world to make God known (see John 1:18; 14:7), and his death and return to God will complete his work (see John 17:4; 19:30). How has Jesus made God known to you?
Holy Jesus, you have defeated the world and I claim this victory in your name. I believe that you came from God and you have made God known to me and assured me of God’s love. Thank you, Lord Jesus! Amen.
John 17:1-26: Jesus prays for his followers.