NOW YOU SEE ME, NOW YOU DON’T…

John – God Speaks!
 
John 16 peekabooThere is a game we inherently play with infants that make them forget their wants and needs for a little while to laugh and play. It is called hide and seek or peek-a-boo. Remember? Now you see me, now you don’t? John 16 baby
We hide under a blanket or merely put our hands over our face and then reveal quickly with a “boo” that we are still there. The mere active play of peekaboo brings a smile that turns to laughter most of the time and demands extreme repetition on your part. It’s just plain fun to make a baby laugh.
 
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A good grown up knows that you only stay hidden for just a little while or the baby assumes you are gone forever and will begin to cry. Our goal of peekaboo is turn baby’s sadness into joy and laughter, not make them cry more, right?
 
What is hidden “for a little while” from the disciples brings confusion and sadness to them. “We don’t understand.” So Jesus, knowing their hearts, filled with passion for what He is about to do to save the world, explains as much as they are willing and able to understand.
 
Now you see Me, but in a little while you won’t see Me, then you will see me again…
 
John 16, New Living Translation
Sadness Will Be Turned to Joy
 
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“In a little while you won’t see me anymore. But a little while after that, you will see me again.”
 
17 Some of the disciples asked each other, “What does he mean when he says, ‘In a little while you won’t see me, but then you will see me,’ and ‘I am going to the Father’? 18 And what does he mean by ‘a little while’? We don’t understand.”
 
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19 Jesus realized they wanted to ask him about it, so he said, “Are you asking yourselves what I meant? I said in a little while you won’t see me, but a little while after that you will see me again. 20 I tell you the truth, you will weep and mourn over what is going to happen to me, but the world will rejoice. You will grieve, but your grief will suddenly turn to wonderful joy. 21 It will be like a woman suffering the pains of labor. When her child is born, her anguish gives way to joy because she has brought a new baby into the world. 22 So you have sorrow now, but I will see you again; then you will rejoice, and no one can rob you of that joy. 23 At that time you won’t need to ask me for anything. I tell you the truth, you will ask the Father directly, and he will grant your request because you use my name. 24 You haven’t done this before. Ask, using my name, and you will receive, and you will have abundant joy.
 
John 16 peace25 “I have spoken of these matters in figures of speech, but soon I will stop speaking figuratively and will tell you plainly all about the Father. 26 Then you will ask in my name. I’m not saying I will ask the Father on your behalf, 27 for the Father himself loves you dearly because you love me and believe that I came from God. 28 Yes, I came from the Father into the world, and now I will leave the world and return to the Father.”
 
29 Then his disciples said, “At last you are speaking plainly and not figuratively. 30 Now we understand that you know everything, and there’s no need to question you. From this we believe that you came from God.”
 
John 16 take heart.png31 Jesus asked, “Do you finally believe? 32 But the time is coming—indeed it’s here now—when you will be scattered, each one going his own way, leaving me alone. Yet I am not alone because the Father is with me. 33 I have told you all this so that you may have peace in me. Here on earth you will have many trials and sorrows. But take heart, because I have overcome the world.”
 
WHAT DO WE LEARN?
 
–Jesus is warns his disciple friends what is about to happen to Him in the process of completing the Father’s mission of love, mercy and saving grace for His creation. “For this is how God loved the world: He gave his one and only Son, so that everyone who believes in him will not perish but have eternal life.” John 3:16
 
–The arrest, persecution, beatings, and the final nailing of their adored Teacher to a cross as the most cruel way to die will scatter the followers in fear for their own lives. Jesus knows it will happen this way. It was foretold in Scripture. It is too much for the disciples to understand the details at this moment, however. But one thing they DO know: “From this we believe that you came from God.”
 
John 16 joy at birth
–Jesus keeps the message simple. You WILL see me again. No matter what happens, I will return to you. You will be sad, then your sadness will turn to a wonderful, indescribable joy! This joy will have no limits!
 
John 16 joy in birth
–Jesus compares this joy to childbirth. Extreme pains of labor, (courtesy of the fall of Adam and Eve) results in giddy, giggling joy all because the new life brought into the world. It is not surprising the our Lord would cause us to remember His talk with Nicodemus with how to be “born again” resulting in eternal joy and peace that completes believers when they give their lives to him.
 
–Promises to help the disciples (and us) understand:
 
john 16 joy robbing.jpg“So you have sorrow now, but I will see you again; then you will rejoice, and no one can rob you of that joy.”
 
“Ask, using my name, and you will receive, and you will have abundant joy.”
 
“…the Father himself loves you dearly because you love me and believe that I came from God.”
 
“So you have sorrow now, but I will see you again; then you will rejoice, and no one can rob you of that joy.”
 
“I have told you all this so that you may have peace in me.”
 
“Here on earth you will have many trials and sorrows. But take heart, because I have overcome the world.”
 
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Dear Friends, When all is said and done, Jesus has won the victory over eternal death. He defeated our foe easily but with great sacrifice, pain and humiliation so that through our “rebirth” in Him we can live with Him forever. John later reveals the end of time on earth with the same message: Jesus wins. AND Jesus is coming back!
 
Now we don’t see Him, but then we will!
 
HOLY PAUSE
 
Jesus asked, “Do you finally believe?
 
Dear Heavenly Father, Savior and Lord,
Thank you for saving my soul. Thank you for life in you. Thank you for Your Holy Presence that abides in us to help us. Thank you for your Word that declares your promises and helps us to understand more each time we prayerfully read it. Give us wisdom, insight and understanding for this journey here while we prepare to go where you are someday.
 
I believe.
 
In Jesus Name, Amen

About randscallawayffm

Randy and Susan co founded Finding Focus Ministries in 2006. Their goal as former full time pastors, is to serve and provide spiritual encouragement and focus to those on the "front lines" of ministry. Extensive experience being on both sides of ministry, paid and volunteer, on the mission fields of other countries as well as the United States, helps them bring a different perspective to those who need it most. Need a lift? Call us 260 229 2276.
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