After His ascension, Jesus would not see His disciples face to face, but the Spirit would guide them by the word of Christ.

Scripture: John 16:5-16

ESV Text: John 16:5-16

John 16:5-16 (Listen)

But now I am going to him who sent me, and none of you asks me, ‘Where are you going?’ But because I have said these things to you, sorrow has filled your heart. Nevertheless, I tell you the truth: it is to your advantage that I go away, for if I do not go away, the Helper will not come to you. But if I go, I will send him to you. And when he comes, he will convict the world concerning sin and righteousness and judgment: concerning sin, because they do not believe in me; 10 concerning righteousness, because I go to the Father, and you will see me no longer; 11 concerning judgment, because the ruler of this world is judged.

12 “I still have many things to say to you, but you cannot bear them now. 13 When the Spirit of truth comes, he will guide you into all the truth, for he will not speak on his own authority, but whatever he hears he will speak, and he will declare to you the things that are to come. 14 He will glorify me, for he will take what is mine and declare it to you. 15 All that the Father has is mine; therefore I said that he will take what is mine and declare it to you.

Your Sorrow Will Turn into Joy

16 “A little while, and you will see me no longer; and again a little while, and you will see me.” (ESV)


KJV Text:

(Alt. audio): Chapter: 16
5 But now I go my way to him that sent me; and none of you asketh me, Whither goest thou? 6 But because I have said these things unto you, sorrow hath filled your heart.

     7 Nevertheless I tell you the truth; It is expedient for you that I go away: for if I go not away, the Comforter will not come unto you; but if I depart, I will send him unto you. 8 And when he is come, he will reprove the world of sin, and of righteousness, and of judgment: 9 Of sin, because they believe not on me; 10 Of righteousness, because I go to my Father, and ye see me no more; 11 Of judgment, because the prince of this world is judged. 12 I have yet many things to say unto you, but ye cannot bear them now. 13 Howbeit when he, the Spirit of truth, is come, he will guide you into all truth: for he shall not speak of himself; but whatsoever he shall hear, that shall he speak: and he will shew you things to come. 14 He shall glorify me: for he shall receive of mine, and shall shew it unto you. 15 All things that the Father hath are mine: therefore said I, that he shall take of mine, and shall shew it unto you.

     16 A little while, and ye shall not see me: and again, a little while, and ye shall see me, because I go to the Father.(KJV)


Hymn: TLH 224:
Come Holy Ghost, God and Lord

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1. Come, Holy Ghost, God and Lord! 
Be all Thy graces now out poured 
On each believer’s mind and heart; 
Thy fervent love to them impart. 
Lord, by the brightness of Thy light, 
Thou in the faith dost men unite 
Of every land and every tongue; 
This to Thy praise, O Lord, our God, be sung. 
Hallelujah! Hallelujah! 

2. Thou holy Light, Guide Divine, 
Oh, cause the Word of Life to shine! 
Teach us to know our God aright 
And call Him Father with delight. 
From every error keep us free; 
Let none but Christ our Master be 
That we in living faith abide, 
In Him, our Lord, with all our might confide. 
Hallelujah! Hallelujah! 

3. Thou holy Fire, Comfort true, 
Grant us the will Thy work to do 
And in Thy service to abide; 
Let trials turn us not aside. 
Lord, by Thy power prepare each heart 
And to our weakness strength impart 
That bravely here we may contend, 
Through life and death to Thee, our Lord, ascend. 
Hallelujah! Hallelujah!