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A little while and a little while? (John 16:16-24)Rev Gareth James, June 6, 2021
Part of the The Upper Room series, preached at a Sunday Morning service
What did Jesus mean by a little while and a little while in v16? Hopefully this message may open our understanding, although many commentators own this is a puzzling phrase! It helps to realise that the words translate ‘see’ in this verse are different words with different emphases. The first means to behold, be a spectator, to consider, survey, study or to examine, while the second is one we get words such as optic, optician, ophthalmology - is to do with seeing, recognising, perceiving, to become acquainted with by experience. The disciples were spectators of Jesus and His life, but after His departure they would ‘see’ Him again by the work of the Holy Spirit. The arrival of the Holy Spirit on the day of Pentecost would enable the apostles in particular, as well as all believers since, to see of Jesus by and through the work of the Holy Spirit. His great work has practical implications for our lives and days – which we will touch on.
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