“THE GOSPEL OF JOHN”
LESSON FORTY

John 16:22-24
   22. And ye now therefore have sorrow: but I will see you again, and your heart shall rejoice, and your joy no
         man taketh from you.
   23. And in that day ye shall ask me nothing. Verily, verily, I say unto you, Whatsoever ye shall ask the Father in
         my name, he will give it you.
   24. Hitherto have ye asked nothing in my name: ask, and ye shall receive, that your joy may be full.

Verse twenty-two - . And ye now therefore have sorrow: but I will see you again, and your heart shall rejoice, and
   your joy no man taketh from you.

   [A] The last time we met we looked at this verse and determined that Jesus was speaking of his death, and
           resurrection.

   [B] Jesus was about to die, when he did, the disciples would have great sorrow, and confusion as they tried to
           figure out what was happening and why the one they thought was the messiah was dying on a cross

   [C] When they seen him again, which took place in the upper room when he appeared to them, they would
           rejoice

   [H] After forty days Jesus would ascend back to heaven while his disciples stood there watching him

   [I] Then Jesus was going to send the Holy Spirit to the disciples so they would have complete understanding,   
           that understanding and the knowledge from the Holy Spirit that lives in them, the would know that Jesus
           would never depart from them again. Therefore they would be filled with joy, and that joy would never
           depart from them

   [J] That same joy is available to you and me if we trust in Jesus and follow his teaching.        

Verse twenty-three - And in that day ye shall ask me nothing. Verily, verily, I say unto you, Whatsoever ye shall
   ask the Father in my name, he will give it you.

   [A] The Greek here for the interpretation And in that day ye shall ask me nothing is better interpreted as You
           shall ask no questions. This brings a different meaning to this verse. The way it is interpreted in the King
           James makes it sound like you are not to ask Jesus for anything, or pray to him, but that is not the case.
           Instead, Jesus is telling the disciples, when the Holy Spirit comes and they will no longer have a need to
           ask him  any questions, because the Holy Spirit will give them understanding, and insight into everything
           Jesus taught them and into things which are to come.
           [1]  That same information is available to us, if we only believe and trust God’s Spirit to tell us.
           [2] As we have discussed before, the reason we do not receive from the Holy Spirit more than we do is
                   because we
                   [a] Do not believe
                   [b] Do not think ourselves worthy to hearing from God
                   [c] Have too many things in our life keeping us from hearing the voice of God speaking

   [B] Jesus went on to tell the disciples in verse twenty-three, that whatever they asked in Jesus name, they
           would receive
           [1] The same principle applies here as for the Holy Spirit
                   [a] Unless we believe when we ask Jesus, there is no sense in asking him
                   [b] Unless we are living our live in a proper manor and following the teaching of Jesus, God is under
                           no obligation to answer our prayers, or even hear them
                   
        2 Chronicles 7:14
                           14. If my people, which are called by my name, shall humble themselves, and pray, and seek my
                                 face, and turn from their wicked ways; then will I hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin,
                                 and will heal their land.
           [2] By the power of the Holy Spirit, The disciples would know what they should ask,
           [3] By the power of the Holy Spirit, and by reading the word of God, written by the apostles and those who
                   were filled with the Holy Spirit, we too can know what we can ask Jesus,

   [C] Jesus was speaking to us, the same as he was speaking to his disciples, If we have faith, anything we ask
           the Father in his name he will give us.

Verse twenty-four - Hitherto have ye asked nothing in my name: ask, and ye shall receive, that your joy may be
   full.
   
   [A] Up until that point, they had never asked God for anything in the name of Jesus, he was introducing a new
           concept to them which would be the norm for all generations to come

   [B] Unless we believe, and unless we are willing to ask, we will receive nothing.
           [1] Jesus wants us to have joy
           [2] He wants us to be happy
   `       [3] He wants to give us things
           [4] He wants us to be well
           [5] He wants to protect us.

John 16:25-33
   25. These things have I spoken unto you in proverbs: but the time cometh, when I shall no more speak unto
          you in proverbs, but I shall shew you plainly of the Father.
   26. At that day ye shall ask in my name: and I say not unto you, that I will pray the Father for you:
   27. For the Father himself loveth you, because ye have loved me, and have believed that I came out from God.
   28. I came forth from the Father, and am come into the world: again, I leave the world, and go to the Father.
   29. His disciples said unto him, Lo, now speakest thou plainly, and speakest no proverb.
   30. Now are we sure that thou knowest all things, and needest not that any man should ask thee: by this we
         believe that thou camest forth from God.
   31. Jesus answered them, Do ye now believe?
   32. Behold, the hour cometh, yea, is now come, that ye shall be scattered, every man to his own, and shall
         leave me alone: and yet I am not alone, because the Father is with me.
   33. These things I have spoken unto you, that in me ye might have peace. In the world ye shall have tribulation:
         but be of good cheer; I have overcome the world.

Verse twenty-five - These things have I spoken unto you in proverbs: but the time cometh, when I shall no more
   speak unto you in proverbs, but I shall shew you plainly of the Father.

   [A] The things that Jesus told his disciples were not spoken in a way that was easy for them to understand

   [B] We find it easy to comprehend because we know the whole story, we know what happened, but the disciples
           did not know what was going to take place so they did not comprehend what he was talking about
   [C] The time cometh he said when he would show them plainly about the Father
           [1] How was this to be?
           [2] Jesus was about to be crucified, and die, if that was the case how was a time coming when he would
                   speak to them plainly about the Father?
           [3] Jesus was again referring to the Holy Spirit coming, through the Holy Spirit, he would tell the disciples
                   and show the disciples things that they would not be able to comprehend now, but once the Holy
                   Spirit was indwelling in them, they would have understanding and Christ would reveal to them secrets
                   that had been hidden to them before.
           [4] That same Spirit lives in us
                   [a] Does the Spirit still reveal the truths of Jesus to us?
                   [b] Why is it so hard for you and I to comprehend what Jesus is trying to tell us?

Verse twenty-six & seven - At that day ye shall ask in my name: and I say not unto you, that I will pray the Father
   for you: For the Father himself loveth you, because ye have loved me, and have believed that I came out from
   God.

   [A] What Jesus is saying in verse twenty-six is, suppose I do no pray for you, what will happen then? Will that
           be a problem if that would happen?

   [B] His answer is in verse twenty-seven
           [1] That would not be a problem, because God the father loves the disciples, even as Christ loved
                   them                
           [2] He loved them because they loved Jesus
           [3] Because they believed what Jesus taught and believed in him, God the Father believed in them and
                   loved them
                   [a] The same holds true for you and I. When we believe in Jesus, and follow his teaching, we are
                           loved by God the Father
                   [b] Even though God the Son is sitting at the right hand of the father interceding for us, when we love
                           Jesus and honor him, God hears our prayers and loves us in return.
                   [c] There is a flip side to this as well. When one does not honor Jesus and love him, when one does
                           not keep his commandments and follow his teaching, them God is not inclined to show his love
                           to them or hear their prayers

Verse twenty-eight - I came forth from the Father, and am come into the world: again, I leave the world, and go to
   the Father.

   [A] Here we find Jesus stating plainly where he was from and where he was going.
           [1] He states that he came from God the Father into the world
           [2] He states that he is going to leave the world and go back to his father in heaven

   [B] As followers of Jesus, we are for a time in the world, but our desires and our heart, should be on heaven
           [1] We are in the world, but not of this world.
           [2] We are ambassadors of Christ
           [3] Like the old song says, this earth is not my home, I’m just a passing through

Verse twenty-nine & thirty - His disciples said unto him, Lo, now speakest thou plainly, and speakest no proverb.
   Now are we sure that thou knowest all things, and needest not that any man should ask thee: by this we believe
   that thou camest forth from God.
   
   [A] All this time with Jesus, and the Disciples did not understand what he was about.
  
   [B] All this time hearing him teach, and they failed in many instances to ask him what he was talking about.

   [C] Finally, he is speaking in a way that they can understand

   [D] What did he tell them that made them believe that he knew all things, and came from God
           [1] What he told them in verse twenty-eight I came forth from the Father, and am come into the world:
                   again, I leave the world, and go to the Father.
           [2] Yet I wonder how many times he told them this same thing, only in a different way.

Verse thirty-one - Jesus answered them, Do ye now believe?
  
   [A] This statement that Jesus made to the disciples insinuate something that is very hard for me to understand.
           [1] After all this time with Jesus, three years of watching him perform miracle after miracle and listening to
                   his teaching, and yet they did not believe.
           [2] How much harder is it for you and I to believe, when we have only the bible to read in order to have a
                   belief?

   [B] There is something thou, that we have that the disciples at this point did not have,
           [1] What is that something?
           [2] We have what they received later on at Pentecost, we have the Holy Spirit which they did not
                   have.         

Verse thirty-two - Behold, the hour cometh, yea, is now come, that ye shall be scattered, every man to his own,
   and  shall leave me alone: and yet I am not alone, because the Father is with me.
   
   [A] What in the world was Jesus talking about here?

   [B] What did he mean that the disciples would be scattered and leave him alone?
           [1] When Jesus was arrested in the garden, the disciples all ran away.
           [2] Each of them was on his own, as they hid from the authorities, so they would not be arrested.
           [3] Even though they had said they would never leave him, Jesus was left alone with his accusers, and
                   taken before he Sanhedrin to be tried.

   [C] Jesus was not alone, God the Father was with him
           [1] As a child of God, are we ever alone?
           [2] Is there ever a time that a child of God is left without the presence of God in their life.
           [3] How do we know that God is there?
           [d] What evidenced do we have that we are not alone?

Verse thirty-three - These things I have spoken unto you, that in me ye might have peace. In the world ye shall have
   tribulation: but be of good cheer; I have overcome the world.
   
   [A] Doesn’t this verse seem to contradict itself,
           [1] First Jesus said the disciples would have peace
           [2] Then he said that they would have persecution
           [3] How can they have both?
  
   [B] Jesus told the disciples that he was from heaven and was going to return to heaven, that God was his father
           and he was going back to his father so that all the things that were going to happen in the next twenty-four
           hours would make sense to them. Unfortunately it didn’t right away, but after they received the Holy Spirit,
           they understood what Jesus meant and they had the peace of God in them.
           [1] What is this peace?
           [2] Is this a peace like the world considers peace?

   [C] In this verse, Jesus tells the disciples that they would face tribulations in the world, notice that he said, Ye
           will have tribulation
           [1] If we are disciples of Christ, what does this verse say to us.
           [2] As disciples of Jesus, we will have tribulations as well, because we are still in the world.        

   [D] Questions
           [1] If we are going to have tribulations because we are disciples of Jesus, why would we want to be a
                   disciples?
           [2] If following Jesus brings tribulations on us, how can we have peace in our lives.
           [c] Furthermore, Jesus said to the disciples to have good cheer. How can one have good cheer when they
                   are having tribulations in their life?
  
   [E] Jesus said be of good cheer, for I have overcome the world.
           [1] First he said that we were to have peace because of what he said,. Then he said we would face
                   tribulations, then he tells us that we are to be of good cheer even though we are having tribulations,
                   what does he mean by his overcoming the world?
           [2] Paul said, in 2 Timothy 4:7
                  7.  I have fought a good fight, I have finished my course, I have kept the faith:
           [3] Jesus left heaven and come to the earth as a baby, born to a woman, and was raised in the same
                   manor that all other children was raised. He went to puberty, went to school, and worked in his
                   adoptive father’s carpenter shop. For thirty years he lives as any other man lived, with all the same
                   hardships and all the same temptations, yet we find in Hebrews 4:15 that he was tempted in ever way
                   we are, yet he never sinned. Even when satan offered him everything that he had come to the earth
                   to achieve, Jesus tuned down the temptation in order to do it God’s way instead of Satan’s. In every
                   aspect of his life, he overcame that world. The world did not own him, nor did it have any influence
                   over him. He belonged to God, and his heart and soul yearned for the things of God instead of the
                   things of the world.
           [4] When Jesus said he had overcome the world, he meant just that. He had won the battle with life, and
                   was about to finish it by winning the battle against death and the grave.
                   [a] Because Jesus overcome the world, we too can overcome the world through him.
                   [b] Neither sin, death, the grave, or Satan has any hold over us. Jesus defeated them all, and gave
                           us freedom to follow him and have eternal life.
                   [c] Because of this, I say onto you, be of good cheer, because Jesus overcome the world and has
                                   given us, eternal life and a home in waiting for us in heaven.