John 13 to 21. Biblical commentary
“Yes, truly, I assure you, you will cry and shout your pain, while the men of this world will jubilant. Yes, you will be overwhelmed with sadness, but your sadness will turn into joy. » (John 16.20)
How to pray, how to serve, how to overcome evil, how to love: Jesus taught the disciples these timeless lessons. His teaching, which was based on practical experiences and striking parables, also found an echo in the hearts of multitudes. But what emerges most clearly from John 13-21 is Christ's teaching on the transformative power of joy. How to get joy and not let it escape?
The more time the disciples spent with Jesus, the stronger their friendship grew. The deeper their friendship grew, the more they became like Jesus. It was a time of preparation for the reign of the Holy Spirit, who would dwell in them and comfort them. It was a time of preparation for their call, the great commission. We are transformed as we take seriously the teachings of our teacher, Jesus Christ. As we become attached to the true joy that only He can provide. This call has not changed since.
“Jesus came to bring people back to life: eternal life, the abundant life that only he can offer” (W. Wiersbe).
Yes, we will be transformed, for Christ has triumphed.
Author: Warren Wiersbe