John 16:25–28 (ESV)
I Have Overcome the World
25 “I have said these things to you in figures of speech. The hour is coming when I will no longer speak to you in figures of speech but will tell you plainly about the Father. 26 In
that day you will ask in my name, and I do not say to you that I will ask the Father on your behalf; 27 for the Father himself loves you, because you have loved me and have believed that I came from God. 28 I
came from the Father and have come into the world, and now I am leaving the world and going to the Father.”
There are many times that Jesus speaks
in ways that are hard to understand. Jesus says “The hour is coming when I will no longer speak to you in figures of speech but will tell you plainly about the Father.” Merriam-Webster defines figure of speech as: “a form
of expression (as a simile or metaphor) used to convey meaning or heighten effect often by comparing or identifying one thing with another that has a meaning or connotation familiar to the reader or listener.” Now for the funny part. Merriam-Webster
says the first known use of speech was in 1751. That is funny. John wrote his book around AD 90. Gee… Jesus gets no respect! Sorry Merriam-Webster, your wrong. The important message here today is that the “Father
loves you, because you have loved me and have believed that I came from God.” Love and believing are inseparable.
I pray: O Lord, I do
love you and believe in you. You are the Son of God and you are my Savior. Let the Holy Spirit work in me and help me to understand your word, even when in figures of speech. Help me to be bold and to share the Word of God with all people.