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March 26, 2023

It’s About Time to Go

John 16:16-33

We are two weeks from Easter. For the past four Sundays we

have seen how God told Isaiah what was going to happen when

the Savior comes to the world. That a Savior would come to

redeem His people. The Assyrians were the dominant nation at

the time of the message Isaiah delivered to God’s people.

However, soon the Babylonians would over run Israel and rule

over God’s people. During this time the Jewish people would

ask God to deliver them from the Babylonians. Isaiah gave

God’s message that in His time a deliverer would come.

As we move forward to see what is happening in chapter 16 of

John, we see Jesus’ ministry is about to come to an end. Jesus

had been sharing almost exclusively with God’s people, the

Jewish people, for three years now. Going from city to city

teaching from the mountain tops to the synagogues to

everyone who would listen. Jesus had assembled to help with

His mission 12 disciples. Jesus knows his time is drawing to a

close. Recently Jesus more and more was trying to prepare His

disciples for what was about to happen. The first verse we read

this morning has Jesus sending some strange mixed signals. He

tells his disciples, “In a little while you will see me no more, and

the after a while you will see me.” They immediately ask one

another what in the world is he saying and what does it mean.

Jesus then goes on to say they won’t see him, “Because I am

going to the Father.” The disciples clearly have no idea what is

about to happen to Jesus. Jesus then gives them another

glimpse of what is about to happen.

In verse 20 Jesus says, “I tell you the truth you will weep ad

mourn while the world rejoices. You will grieve, but your grief

will turn to joy.” This has to be the most confusing message

Jesus has ever given them. Things for the most part have been

going along pretty well and now all of a sudden is this message

that does not seem to make sense. Jesus tries to explain that

what is going to happen will turn out to be the best thing that

could possibly happen. Continuing with verse 22 Jesus says, “So

with you; no is your time of grief but I will see you again and

you will rejoice and no one will take away your joy.” What a

promise of hope.

While the disciples are confused by everything Jesus is saying to

them he is trying to help them understand what is about

tohappen, what must happen and it will all be good. He also

knows right now they do not understand but soon they will.

Jesus then goes on to explain just exactly who he is. In the 27 th

and 28 th verses Jesus explains, “No, the Father himself loves you

because you have loved me, and believed I have come from

God. I came from the Father and entered the world; now I am

leaving the world and going back to the Father.”

It seems like the disciples understand what Jesus is telling them

when we see what their response is in verse 30. They say, “Now

we can see that you know all things and you do not even need

to have anyone ask questions. This makes us believe that you

came from God.” Jesus is clearly feeling good about where the

disciples are as he knows it is about time to go. Jesus fully

understands that in spite of what they are saying they cannot

be truly prepared for what is about to happen.

In the account given by Luke we can see that Jesus even had

told his disciples in detail, what would happen to him. In Luke

18:31-33 he tells them what will happen including being

arrested, beaten, killed and the fact he would come back to life

again. Before these all come to pass Jesus warned them of one

more thing that they would do. In John 16:32 we read, “But a

time is coming and has come, when you will be scattered each

to his own home. You will leave me all along, yet I am not

alone, for my father, is with me.”

Jesus understands that his disciples will be scared and

disillusioned, doubt will set in in spite of what they had just said

to Jesus. Jesus is telling them it is okay. I understand and I am

going to be just fine. Jesus is also telling them all these things so

when these things happen, they will believe even stronger

about who Jesus is and that it is all part of God’s plan. Jesus

then closes out what he has been sharing with them these

incredible words of encouragement. In verse 33 Jesus says, “I

have told you these things, so that in me you may have peace.

In this world you will have trouble. But take heart, I have

overcome the world.”

I cannot imagine what it was really like to be there and

experience everything the disciples had experienced. But when

Jesus first off warned them they would all scatter in different

directions when Jesus was arrested and put through what he

was about to go through, Jesus is assuring them it is going to be

alright. When Jesus then let them know, I love you so don’t get

down on yourself when this all happens because I knows things

in life get hard. Jesus is actually saying to them you should be

encouraged by the fact I understand, God understands. When

he states the obvious when he says, “In this world you will have

trouble, but take heart! I have overcome the world,” that is a

message for all of us. God does not expect us to be perfect. God

knows we won’t always be able to do the “right thing”. His love

for us will always be there.

Jesus knew for a while it would seem like the end of the world

for his disciples. But just hang in there, help is on the way. That

is what God is saying to us as well. There maybe some dark

days we all will face, but hang in there I am there with you

always. Take heart I have and will always be there to help you

through every difficult moment you will face in life. Don’t give

up, don’t quit. I am there with you always. Take heart together,

we will overcome whatever you will face. Jesus is saying I have

won the victory for everyone who remains faithful and believes.

The disciples will soon ride a roller coaster of emotions. His

message is and always will be don’t give up, don’t lose heart.

We together will overcome every challenge Satan ad this world

throws at you.

Pastor Larry


Tuesdays 9:30 Bible Study

March 28 12:00 Women’s Fellowship luncheon at East End Grill

(airport). Meet at church at 11:30 to carpool, if you want. Let

Carol or Kathy know if you are coming (carpool or going


April newsletter deadline: March 28

Mowing sign up list is in the back. Thank you in advance to

those who sign up. So is a sign up sheet if you are interested in

starting Sunday School again.

Offering plates are in the back of the sanctuary. Thank you for

your continued giving!

Donation Box: Camp Emmanuel

First Sundays: food donations for food banks

Pastor Larry Traxler- (217) 454-2362

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Traxler; Michelle West; Michelle’s mom; Carolyn Hirsch; Eli

Brunner; Nancy Fansler; Joe Waltz; Doug Larrick; Ron &

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Turkey/Syria earthquake

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Church of the Brethren vision statement:

Together, as the Church of the Brethren, we will passionately live

and share the radical transformation and holistic peace of Jesus

Christ through relationship-based neighborhood engagement. To

move us forward, we will develop a culture of calling and

equipping disciples who are innovative, adaptable, and fearless.

Our Mission Statement:

Love God, grow with others, serve faithfully, reach the lost,

find peace.

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