Trials and Triumphs Through the Triumphant Christ -- By: S. Lewis Johnson, Jr.

Journal: Emmaus Journal
Volume: EMJ 07:1 (Summer 1998)
Article: Trials and Triumphs Through the Triumphant Christ
Author: S. Lewis Johnson, Jr.


Trials and Triumphs Through the Triumphant Christ

S. Lewis Johnson, Jr.1

An Exposition of John 16:25–33

Introduction

Trials and troubles — who is without them? The trials of the young are notorious. Teenagers in that happy time of life have them with their problems with their friends, the opposite sex, and their parents and siblings. And when college comes, the problems are still there, only more serious seemingly. And when the careers are in the launching stages, they are weighty. Sad to say, they never stop, for the aging find their problems mounting with time. The daily round can become monotonous. The memory fades, especially as it touches the events and experiences of last week. The events of fifty years ago have become remarkably clear and terribly boring to our friends. The eyes and the ears fail. What has Adam done for us!

Even the tots and little children have problems, that is, if one believes the comic pages. Poor Marvin, he has his problems, although they are strangely like the problems of adults. And Trixie, and Nancy, and Arthur, and even the animals, such as Snoopy, Fred Basset, and yes, the Snake, they all have problems. What would life be like without them?

Of course, we do live in an amazing age, and some think that compensates to some extent for the problems. We have breakfast in New York, lunch in Los Angeles, dinner in Hong Kong, and baggage in England.

Memory is a problem with all ages, it seems. “Doctor, I have a terrible problem. I cannot remember a thing,” complained a concerned lady to her

doctor. “How long have you had the problem?” asked the doctor. “What problem?” she replied.

The apostles faced trials of a fiercer sort, our Lord said. As He was telling them that He must leave them He announced to them that they faced the hostility of the world. In fact, the hostility that they faced was the same that He had been experiencing, and we know that that led to His death by the shameful death of crucifixion (cf. John 15:19; 16:2; 17:14). In order to aid them in their work of testifying to the world concerning Him and His salvation, He promised them that the Comforter, the Holy Spirit, would come and take up His residence in them forever (cf. 14:16–17; 15:26–27; 16:5–11). In...

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