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JOHN "talks."

Prompts and commentary, as you read right through the Gospel of John.

by John Nixon.

"Good News Compage"J.80.

based on

John chapter chapter 16, verses 23-33.

(PLEASE READ THESE VERSES IN THE BIBLE, and the following comments.)


Ask for help!

We all know that if we have a problem that we cannot solve ourselves then we need to discover who would be able to help us and seek that person’s help.
Although we know that, I'm sure we all have made the same mistake that the men in this true story made. Let us find out about the help they received, and we will discover what wonderful help is available for you and me today.

Maybe you have some serious question troubling you at the moment. It might even be a question like these men had; maybe about God, or life, or even about the after-life!
These men were Jesus’ disciples. They were with the right person to ask, but they didn’t get around to asking Him!
“Until now you have not asked for anything in My name,” Jesus said to them. “Ask and you will receive, and your joy will be complete.” (verse 24.)

Was Jesus the right person to come to with their questions? Of course He was! Jesus had come “from the Father (in Heaven) and entered the world.” and they knew He was soon to be “leaving the world and going back to the Father.” (verse 28.)
Jesus told them how they could ask for help! “Ask in My name,” He said. “I am not saying that I will ask the Father on your behalf. No, the Father Himself loves you because you have loved Me and have believed that I came from God.” (verses 26-27.)

Who did Jesus say had the right to ask God for His help and wisdom and power, and expect Him to answer? Only those who loved Jesus and who believed that He came from God; who believed that He came as the Son of God to be the Saviour of mankind.

The disciples were excited and thrilled because Jesus knew even the things they wanted to ask. They said to Him, “Now we can see that you know all things and that you do not even need to have anyone ask you questions. This makes us believe that you came from God.” (verses 29-30.)

Good! But they would need to remember the importance of always asking God for help and wisdom, because times of difficulty and opposition against them would come upon them, and confuse them. Jesus knew they would panic, and even forsake Him, for a while. “You will leave Me all alone,” Jesus said, “Yet I am not alone, for My Father is with Me. I have told you these things, so that in Me you may have peace. In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world.” (verse 33.)

YOU are not ready to ask for help from God, unless you first love Jesus and believe He came from God to be YOUR SAVIOUR! But if you will NOW believe that God's Son, Jesus Christ, took the punishment for your sins when He died for you, then you should ASK GOD NOW to forgive your sins, in Jesus' name.

After that you will have the right to ask for help in all of life's difficulties because God will then be YOUR Father.(John 1:12-13.) God loves and delights to help those who love and trust His Son as their only Saviour. (verse 26-27)

Read about Jesus teaching His followers to ask for help in John chapter 16, verses 23-33.

John Nixon, Cork, Ireland. P31HD98.        Contact:  jnixonj@gmail.com

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