John 16:16-33

  1. ‘A little while’. In the light of verses 16-22 do you consider that this refers to the time between the death of Jesus and his resurrection; between his ascension and Pentecost; or both?
  2. Notice in verse 23, ‘You will no longer ask me anything.’
    With the Spirit to enlighten (cf. verses 12-15) and the Father to supply our needs, what do we learn in verses 23-28 about the place of prayer?
    On what do we rely when we pray in the name of Jesus Christ?
    Cf. 14:13, 14; 15:16.
  3. In verse 33 Jesus sums up the situation.
    In what two opposing spheres would the disciples live?
    What would be their experience in the one and in the other?
    What can be the ground of your courage and confidence?