Chapter 16:29-33 Passing Through the Valley of Baca…..Make it a Spring
The disciples of Christ are in for a fall.
- Their faith shaken to the core…..with doubt filling their minds…..they will fall. (But it would not last for long.)
- They had been confused and even admitted to that; but now they are saying they understand.
The disciples experience two things on their own; but will experience Jesus’ promise.
- Their bragging
- Their blundering.
- Jesus’ blessing.
3 Relational Principles……about human failure and Divine restoration.
1. First Principle: Our faith is unreliable. Vs. 29,30
- “Now we know…..now we believe”. (That’s their assertion.)
- Their faith is not as strong as thought it was.
- Jesus tells them, “Here’s the truth of the matter…you will be confused.”
- In other Gospel accounts, we read where Peter exclaims, “Though the others will leave you….I won’t….I’ll die with you.”
- The Lord’s answer: “Before the cock crows tonight you will deny me three times.”
- The disciples’ faith was attached to unrealistic expectations.
- They thought the establishment of the Kingdom was imminent. (Acts 1)
2. The Second Principle: Our Failure is Understandable Vs. 32
- Perhaps Jesus could see the entourage led by Judas coming in the distance.
- Jesus lets them know…..the storm clouds are about to come upon you.
- Vs. 32 they say they believe; vs. 32 Jesus asks, “Do you really?”
- Compare to Road to Emmaus experience in Luke’s Gospel. (“We had hoped that He would be the One.”)
- They had confessed they believed, but within a few hours….they would be utterly confused.
- He then tells them they would be scattered. (Zech. 13:7…fulfillment).
- Vs. 32 “You are going to leave Me alone.”
3. The Third Principle: Our Future is Unmistakable Vs. 33
- “These things”……..what things?
- From chapter 13 to now…..He had demonstrated His love (washing their feet); He had told them about heaven (cha. 14); He then told them He’d be leaving but that they’d be doing even greater works; He gave them the promise of the coming of the Holy Spirit; He had instructed them how to pray and the authority with which to pray. ( All these things Jesus had spoken to them.)
- Christ’s assurance that He has overcome the world.
Two ways that Christians overcome the world:
- Compensation: (inadequate) It says when I die, at last, all my trials will be over and done.
- Transformation: (a better way) In the midst of tribulation, with deep roots in Christ, you can find refreshment in the fire.
In the world you will have tribulation…….but in Me you will have peace.
“In the world”…..”in Me”.
With Christ, we are in the One who has conquered the world.