Please accept these thoughts as an attempt to imagine and communicate the depth of emotion in the words of Jesus to us, and as an attempt to hear his words in a personal way.
This paraphrase of Scripture is a testimony to what these words mean to me personally.
#453 His Word that Sustains us in Times of Weariness Part 3
I know the events and challenges that will face each of you throughout this Gospel Age. Remember these challenges are foreknown as they unfold. John 16:1-4
You long for me to be with you as I was in my earthly ministry. You will miss me. But because I go away you will receive the Comforter. This holy power will guide you into all the truth you need to know. John 16:5-15
In that day of the work of the holy Spirit you will have a personal relationship with the Father, in my name. I want you to ask in my name; I want you to receive in my name, so that your joy will overflow. John 16:23-24 The Father Himself loves you! John 16:27
Please know that even when my followers left me out of fear, and I appeared to be alone, I was not alone. The Father was with me. And I want you to know that same conviction the He is with you even in the appearance of abandonment and rejection.
These things I speak to you are for the purpose of experiencing peace in the world, in the midst of testing and trial. Take courage, I have overcome the world, and through the resurrection power of the holy Spirit you too will overcome the world.” John 16:32-33