Comforting Words #11

What is obvious to us

had to be explained to His disciples. We are looking back upon what they were yet to know. Jesus would die and then live again.

“A little while, and you no longer are going to see Me; and again, a little while, and you will see Me.” So, some of His disciples said to one another, “What is this that He is telling us, ‘A little while, and you are not going to see Me; and again, a little while, and you will see Me’; and, ‘because I am going to the Father’?” So, they were saying, “What is this that He says, ‘A little while’? We do not know what He is talking about.” Jesus knew that they wanted to question Him, and He said to them, “Are you deliberating together about this, that I said, ‘A little while, and you are not going to see Me, and again a little while, and you will see Me’? Truly, truly I say to you that you will weep and mourn, but the world will rejoice; you will grieve, but your grief will be turned into joy! Whenever a woman is in labor, she has (grief) pain, because her hour has come; but when she gives birth to the child, she no longer remembers the anguish because of the joy that a (human being) child has been born into the world. Therefore you too have grief now; but I will see you again, and your heart will rejoice, and no one is going to take your joy away from you.” (John 16:16-22 NASB)

Do you have that kind of joy? The kind no one can take away from you, or are you yet to know that Jesus lives? Perhaps you have only heard about Him. Well, He lives and means every word recorded. We are looking back and have heard what lies ahead. To believe in Jesus is to believe every word He said.

Perhaps you are like the disciples and need Him to explain. Jesus knows when we want to question Him and like the disciples, He will often answer us before we think to ask. He knew they were troubled, trying to solve this riddle. And so, it is with us, understanding can be trying as we sift through the teachings of man. Best to be like the disciples and ask when we want to know the truth. It is often right in front of us, found in something that He said.

Censors cannot censer out the words of God that we have heard. Memory is not required when written by His Spirit. His word reminds us, when needed, and we are judged by it on that last day. Jesus is the Word of God, best to listen.