- John 16:1-5
- John 16:1 (KJB)
- These things have I spoken unto you, that ye should not be offended.
- Offended - To cause to fall, away, shock, anger, or to put a stumbling
block in the way
- Jesus is telling the disciples of the events which will transpire over
the next two days. When these things begin to happen, He wants them to be
fully assured that these things must happen according to Scripture. He wants
them to know these things ahead of time so the events will not cause anger
or even shock them to the point that they might fall away. He wants them to
know that even though the coming events make it look like Jesus has been
defeated, that is definitely not the case because the cross was a point of
victory. It was at the cross where Satan was defeated. Many today look at
Good Friday and still do not understand what took place at Calvary. Many
want to blame the Jews and many want to blame the Romans but the reality is
that if there was no crucifixion, there would be no salvation. The Jews and
Romans were the means by which God used for the crucifixion. It showed a
melding of false religion and corrupt politics, something which is alive and
- John 16:2 (KJB)
- They shall put you out of the synagogues: yea, the time cometh, that
whosoever killeth you will think that he doeth God service.
- Service - Ministry or worshipping God
- In ancient Israel, the Synagogue was not only the center of religious
activity, but was also the center for community social affairs. If a person
was excommunicated from the Synagogue, it meant they were an outcast from
all aspects of the affairs of the community, both religious and social.
Jesus is warning the disciples that they will definitely be put out of the
Synagogues and considered outcasts but the persecution will not stop there.
The words “shall put” in the Greek is one word and it is in the future tense
which means it will not be limited only to Israel at that time but will
continue until the last day. Jesus goes on to warn them, and us, that His
true followers will not only face excommunication but also they will be
killed by those who think they are doing God’s work. Remember Saul when he
held the robes of those who were stoning Stephen? Then we read about the
persecutions by the Roman Empire that put many Christians to death for not
declaring Caesar as their god. Then in the Middle Ages the Roman Catholic
Institution murdered true Christians and they did it believing that they
were serving God. Today Islam contains the belief that Christians are
infidels and it is permissible by their laws to kill them. So the Christian
today has the same death sentence pronounced on them as did those of times
past. There is also another way of killing a Christian in a bloodless
manner. When a true Christian brings the gospel to a church and they are
rebuffed or cast out, the church is actually killing that Christian by
removing them because no longer will their voice be heard in that church. To
silence a Christian, is to kill their testimony.
- John 16:3 (KJB)
- And these things will they do unto you, because they have not known the
Father, nor me.
- Jesus states the reason why these things will happen to the believers.
It is because they are unsaved, not having the Son nor the Father. False
religions of this world are responsible for the anti-Christian pogroms which
have been a part of this world’s history. One can see this in the murderous
persecutions of the Roman Catholic Institution such as their tirade against
the Waldensians in Southern France. Islam knows neither the Son nor the
Father and that is why murder comes so easy to them. Basically what the Lord
is teaching is that the
- enemy of true Christianity is every false religion and true Christians
must beware of them.
- John 16:4 (KJB)
- But these things have I told you, that when the time shall come, ye may
remember that I told you of them. And these things I said not unto you at
the beginning, because I was with you.
- First, Jesus is once again telling them that He is informing them of the
coming events and that when they come to pass, that they should remember
that He told them that these things would happen. He told them this because
He wanted them to know He was in control of the entire situation and even
though it was the time for the darkness to take over, it was to be noted
that they were fully in compliance with the salvation program of God.
(Luke 22:53 KJV) When I was daily with you in
the temple, ye stretched forth no hands against me: but this is your hour,
and the power of darkness. Jesus did not tell them
of these events at the beginning of His ministry since He would be with them
for the next 3 ˝ years, the words would have no impact as they would slowly
fade behind all the upcoming miracles and ministry. Now Jesus is going to
leave them for a short time but He will be back in two days to once again
join them for 40 days. He wants them to realize that these events must take
place because they are written in Scripture. Jesus tells them these things
closer to the time of the crucifixion so it will be fresh in their minds and
will not forget and lose heart.
- John 16:5 (KJB)
- But now I go my way to him that sent me; and none of you asketh me,
Whither goest thou?
- Whither - To what place
- Jesus had been instructing the disciples concerning the coming events,
the coming persecutions and the sending of the Holy Spirit to the disciples.
Jesus had been really teaching them in these final hours of things to come
and while He was explaining these things to them, none of them had asked Him
to what place was He going to? Maybe they had been in a state of sorrow
concerning what Jesus was telling them and that is why no one asked the
question. Jesus was about to enter the crescendo of His earthly ministry and
the disciples were probably still in a state of denial as to the impending
death of Jesus. They may have thought that this was the end of their
ministry too. Probably many things were going through their minds at this
time which may have caused them much anxiety.