Study Series: The Gospel of John
Larger Context: Following Jesus
This Study: Sorrow Turned to Joy (John 16:16-33)
Scripture (John 16:16-33)
Sorrow in the world (v. 16-20a)
• The cross is imminent (v. 16-19).
• The disciple’s sorrow, resulting from a lack of understanding, will be transformed to joy (v. 20-22).
• The very event that caused the sorrow and pain, will be the very event that would be the cause of
great rejoicing (v. 20-22). The cross is not a cause for sorrow but for joy! Luke 24:21, 36-53, Gal.
• The world’s rejoicing will be brief and come to a sudden end (v. 20,33). Joy in Christ (v. 20b-33)
The Joy of Resurrection (v. 20-22)
• The illustration of birth where suffering leads to glory (v. 20-21). Isa. 26:16-21
• We’ve got the joy, joy, joy, joy, down in our hearts because we shall see and be with Jesus (v. 22).
The Joy of Answered Prayer (v. 23-24, 26-27)
• Prayer in Jesus’ name signifies a new order; praying as friends, not servants.
• Neither David Nor Abraham Ever Asked For Anything in Jesus’ Name.
• The joy that comes from fruit-bearing and obedience springs from prayer.
The Joy of Understanding a Crucified Messiah (v. 25-30)
• There is increased understanding after the resurrection.
• The Father’s great love is shown in the giving of His Son.
• The Father loves the disciples because they love Christ and believe that He came from God.
The Joy of a Savior who has Overcome the World (v. 31-33)
• It’s Friday; but Sunday’s a coming!
• In the world Christians will have trouble, but in Christ there is peace.
• Peace comes from the Word of Christ and the reality revealed therein.
• Believers can take heart because Jesus has won the decisive victory. Knowing who triumphs in the
end helps us to share His peace. Rom. 8:31-39
• Do you now believe?