September 30, 2018 PM
Dr. Michael Catt - 1869
#18 in series
THE UPPER ROOM: THE MINISTRY OF THE SPIRIT
The Prediction and the Promise
In the last message, we transi oned to John 16 and looked at the role of the Holy Spirit as He provides God’s presence, teaches us, tes fies of Jesus, convicts the world, and glorifies Jesus. Jesus needed to finish His work on earth so the Paraclete could start His. The Spirit convicts the world and communicates the Word as He guides us into truth.
For further study, this series is available online at sherwoodbaptist.net/messages.
I. THE PREDICTION OF DARK TIMES
– Jesus has taught them about __. (vv 1-6)
– He’s told them the mission of the __. (vv 7-15)
– Now He gives them __ (”a little while”). (vv 16-22)
“Here Jesus is looking beyond the present to the new age which is to come. When he does, he uses a concep on deeply rooted in Jewish thought. The Jews believed that all time was divided into two ages: the present age and the age to come. The present age was wholly bad and wholly under condemnation; the age to come was the golden age of God. In between the two ages, preceding the coming of the Messiah, who would bring in the new age, there lay the Day of the Lord; and the Day of the Lord was to be a terrible day, when the world would be sha ered into fragments before the golden age would dawn. The Jews were in the habit of calling that terrible between-time ‘the birth travail of the days of the Messiah.’” – Barclay Daily Study Bible* (*I don’t recommend this resource for theological study, as Barclay often takes a liberal approach. However, his background commentary can be helpful to put you in the right context.)
II. THE POWER OF PERSPECTIVE
We know of the times Jesus manifested Himself to the disciples:
We also know He appeared:
Think of what they had been promised already on this one night alone:
III. THE LITTLE WHILE OF PROMISE
Chuck Swindoll gives an excellent thought on this saying, “This prediction-promise formula establishes a definable pattern for the balance of His discussion with the eleven remaining disciples.”
– A prediction and a promise: Resurrection (v 16) The disciples react (vv 17, 18)
– A prediction and a promise: Joy (vv 19-23)
– A prediction and a promise: Love (vv 25-28) The disciples react (vv 29, 30)
– A prediction and a promise: Peace (vv 31-33)
Want to know a little something you have in common with the disciples? We’re all guilty of it.