Our Help in a Hostile World
As we return to John 16 we pick up a conversation that we have been following for some time. Jesus has been preparing His disciples for His departure, and in the previous section He told them some difficult things: Not only is He going away, but when He goes they can expect to be hated and persecuted because of their message.
Between Jesus leaving and the expectation of opposition the disciples became overwhelmed with emotion, but it’s at this point that Jesus points them to a great hope: The coming of the Holy Spirit.
As we consider our call to take the message of the Gospel to the world, this is our hope, we don’t go alone. We have the power and provision of the Spirit of God.