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|Posted on July 9, 2016 at 10:40 PM||comments (0)|
Jesus Will Return to the Throne Room
John 16:25 (ESV) “I have said these things to you in figures of speech. The hour is coming when I will no longer speak to you in figures of speech but will tell you plainly about the Father.
Jesus had been speaking to the disciples in metaphors rather than in plain speech. He had not come right out and stated exactly what was going to happen but had alluded to birth pangs and sorrow. The Holy Spirit would make things more clear to them after Jesus was gone than when Jesus walked among them. The Holy Spirit would not only reveal it to them, but He would remove the cobwebs from their minds and bring light where there had been fogginess.
John 16:26 In that day you will ask in my name, and I do not say to you that I will ask the Father on your behalf; 27 for the Father himself loves you, because you have loved me and have believed that I came from God.
The disciples would not have to ask Jesus to ask His Father on their behalf. They would be able to speak directly to the Father in the name of the Son. This is explained well below:
The MacArthur Bible Commentary:
Asking in Jesus’ name means simply asking on the basis of His merit, His righteousness, and for whatever would honor and glorify Him as to build His kingdom.
As we have explained before “in Jesus name” is not a magic phrase to tack onto the end of our prayers but is the attitude and the power by which we petition the Father. We can come to God in this way because we have believed and trusted the One that He sent, His only begotten Son, Jesus.
John 16:28 I came from the Father and have come into the world, and now I am leaving the world and going to the Father.”
Jesus identified where He came from, the presence of God. He said He was now leaving earth and going back home to Heaven, into the presence of God the Father. He was returning to His rightful place of authority at the right hand of the Father’s throne.
Hebrews 12:2 (NASB) fixing our eyes on Jesus, the author and perfecter of faith, who for the joy set before Him endured the cross, despising the shame, and has sat down at the right hand of the throne of God.
Jesus would no longer be upon the earth, but He would still be in the control room orchestrating HIStory.
Q – Do you ever feel like our world is completely out of control? Do not let fear overtake you! Take solace in the fact that even when the world seems completely out of control, the Lord is still completely IN CONTROL. Pray in Jesus’ name asking for wisdom and peace to live for Him on the earth. The Father will answer!
|Posted on July 8, 2016 at 12:05 AM||comments (0)|
Ask and You Will Receive
John 16:21 (ESV) When a woman is giving birth, she has sorrow because her hour has come, but when she has delivered the baby, she no longer remembers the anguish, for joy that a human being has been born into the world.
When a mother is in labor, she is in pain and misery – some of the worst pain known – but when the prize of the baby is in her arms, she remembers that no more. The disciples were about to enter the birthing pangs of the church of Jesus Christ – His excruciating death and the fear their fate will be the same. But Jesus was telling them the pain would be followed by inexpressible joy.
John 16:22 So also you have sorrow now, but I will see you again, and your hearts will rejoice, and no one will take your joy from you.
The eleven apostles Jesus addressed were already sorrowful because He had told them He was going back to the Father. Jesus told them He would return and see them again. Can you imagine any greater joy than to see the resurrected Jesus? The fantastic joy they would experience would remain with them permanently due to the presence of the Holy Spirit in their lives. Believers can never be separated from the Lord because of His Spirit within them.
Romans 8:38-39 (NIV) For I am convinced that neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither the present nor the future, nor any powers, neither height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord.
The sorrow of separation from Jesus would be short-lived for the apostles. We can know that as believers nothing and no one can take God’s presence from us.
John 16:23 In that day you will ask nothing of me. Truly, truly, I say to you, whatever you ask of the Father in my name, he will give it to you.
After the Holy Spirit would come upon the disciples at Pentecost, they would no longer ask Jesus anything directly. His name, and asking the Father in His name, would become of paramount importance. What does it mean to ask “in Jesus’ name?” To ask in His name is to pray in accordance with His will, His heart, and with God’s intention at work. We know what God’s intention is by reading His word. The Bible is God’s will and testament. It is important that what we ask would not denigrate the character of Jesus, would not shame His name.
Philippians 2:9-11 (NIV) Therefore God exalted him to the highest place and gave him the name that is above every name, that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, in heaven and on earth and under the earth, and every tongue acknowledge that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.
After Christ’s obedience during His sojourn on earth, the Father elevated Jesus’ name to have ultimate power and authority. We do not see every knee bowing and every tongue confessing at this moment in history; but as far as God is concerned, the future is a “done deal.” But the time will come, and (I believe) is soon at hand when all men will have no choice but to acknowledge that Jesus is Lord.
John 16:24 Until now you have asked nothing in my name. Ask, and you will receive, that your joy may be full.
Until that time, the disciples had been able to ask Jesus anything face to face. After He ascended to the Father, they would need to ask the Father in the name of the Son. When we ask in Jesus’ name, in accordance with His will, we can be certain there is power and authority behind His name which was granted by the Father. Jesus desires us to have joy. When we pray for anything that brings glory to God, He will answer that prayer. Being in the center of God’s will is the most joyful place on this earth.
Q – Do you understand the meaning of praying “in Jesus’ name?” Before you ask something of God, do you evaluate whether it is in keeping with the character and will of Jesus? When you ask in this way, your prayers will be answered, and you will have lasting joy.