Trinity Sunday (16 JUN)

The Pastor' Summary of John 16:12-18

"I have yet many things to tell you, but you can't bear them now" (v. 12) Jesus has pointed to the cross, but the disciples have not been able to understand. They expect a warrior-king, and cannot imagine a suffering servant. They are not yet ready to bear the burdens that lie ahead--to see their Lord executed alongside common criminals--to be jailed, beaten and crucified for their faith--to propagate the church by the sacrifice of their own blood--to see the influence of Gentiles grow in the church. But Jesus does not ask the disciples to face such issues now, while they are weak, but instead leaves them to a time when the Spirit will be present with the disciples to guide and strengthen them.

Paul put it this way. "God is faithful, who will not allow you to be tempted above what you are able. But will with the temptation also make the way of escape, that you may be able to endure it" (I Corinthians 10:13). Or, as an old English proverb says, "God tempers the wind to the shorn lamb"