28 “You heard me say, ‘I am going away and I am coming back to you.’ If you loved me, you would be glad that I am going to the Father, for the Father is greater than I. 29 I have told you now before it happens, so that when it does happen you will believe. 30 I will not say much more to you, for the prince of this world is coming. He has no hold over me, 31 but he comes so that the world may learn that I love the Father and do exactly what my Father has commanded me. “Come now; let us leave.
What is striking to me in this passage is how Jesus frames His and the Father’s works in the world. Jesus foretells His going to be with the Father that we, His disciples, may believe. The prince of the world (the devil) comes so that the world may learn about Jesus’ loving devotion to the Father.
Jesus is declaring here that no matter whether it’s His own activity or the enemies activity, God can and does use it all to help us believe in and know Him. God truly does make everything work together for our good, especially the good of our faith in Him. It’s quite humbling really – God is constantly at work to help us believe Him.
Praise you Jesus, that as Lord, you are at work to help us know you and understand you, even when it is evil coming into the picture!
Written by Ps. Rob Waugh