STUDY FOUR :
“That They May Be One”
In the intimacy of this moment and the poignancy of the hour, Jesus knows “the hour is coming, indeed it has come, when you [disciples] will be scattered, each to his own home, and will leave me alone” (John 16:32). Surrounded by people that Jesus knows will desert Him, He is not angry, withdrawn, or cynical: “I have said these things to you, that in me you may have peace. In the world you will have tribulation. But take heart; I have overcome the world” (33).
1. How do you respond when you feel alone in a crowded room?
2. What does Christ’s service to His disciples mere hours before His trial and condemnation say to us about the servant’s heart? About friendship?
3. What do you make of Christ’s sending us the Holy Spirit to be with us in His absence?
4. Can you hear the Trinity’s determination that it is not good for man to be alone (Genesis 2:18)? Did you know that when God referred to Eve as Adam’s “helper” in the beginning (ezer), He used a word that He often uses to describe Himself?
While sometimes Christians have been led to believe that the Christian life is easy, Jesus, in His kindness, became a man of sorrows – our sorrows – and doesn’t fault us for weeping, lamenting, feeling the anguish of being in this fallen world.
5. What promise does Jesus make to us in John 16 about our sorrow? Check John 16:20-24.
Now, please take a few minutes to write on your timeline what you think is the theme of this chapter. Feel free to say as much or as little as you’d like, but please fill it in with what the Holy Spirit highlights in your reading today.