30th May 2022

John 16:33 | Creative | Scripture Art | Free Church Resources from  Life.Church



Acts 19: 1-8;               Ps 68: 2-7;                  Jn 16: 29-33



“Water, water everywhere, nor any drop to drink” is a verse from The Rime of the Ancient Mariner, a poem by Samuel Taylor Coleridge, and is used to describe a situation in which someone is amidst plenty but who cannot partake of it. Today’s world suffers from “People, people everywhere, nor any friend in sight.” Loneliness! The feeling of being abandoned, betrayed, unaccepted, rejected, not understood Furthermore, one may feel alone in his opinions or his view of a certain situation. Jesus understood that kind of loneliness in others. He saw loneliness in the eyes of lepers and heard it in the voices of the blind. Hence, he desired to speak about this human experience to his disciples giving his own example.

In the gospel of today, Jesus tells the disciples that he will be left alone by them; “The time will come… when you will be scattered, each going his own way and leaving me alone.” Yet, he told them that he would not descend into loneliness. Why? Because he enjoyed a profound and intimate relationship with his Abba who is always present: “And yet I am not alone because the Father is with me.”

Thus, when he prophesied that they would desert him, he also confessed his unshaken confidence in his Father’s presence. Through his death on the cross, he made his Abba, our Abba, drawing us into that intimate relationship he shared with the Father, so that now and forever, humanity will never need to feel alone. Jesus teaches us today that we always have the presence of the Father with us. But it is our responsibility to build a relationship with him. God is always present. His love is always present. Embracing that love and loving him in return by striving to be pleasing to him in all that we do will sustain and deepen our relationship with him, turning loneliness into belongingness and the sense of being loved.

Response: You kingdoms of the earth, sing to God.

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