21 Once more Jesus said to them, “I am going away. You will look for me, and you will die in your sin. You can’t come where I am going.” 22 This made the Jews ask, “Will he kill himself? Is that why he says, ‘You can’t come where I am going’?” 23 But Jesus said, “You are from below. I am from heaven. You are from this world. I am not from this world. 24 I told you that you would die in your sins. This will happen if you don’t believe that I am he. If you don’t believe, you will certainly die in your sins.” 25 “Who are you?” they asked. “Just what I have been telling you from the beginning,” Jesus replied. 26 “I have a lot to say that will judge you. But the one who sent me can be trusted. And I tell the world what I have heard from him.” 27 They did not understand that Jesus was telling them about his Father. 28 So Jesus said, “You will lift up the Son of Man. Then you will know that I am he. You will also know that I do nothing on my own. I speak just what the Father has taught me. 29 The one who sent me is with me. He has not left me alone, because I always do what pleases him.” 30 Even while Jesus was speaking, many people believed in him.
There’s lots of dialogue in this passage – you can feel Jesus’ frustration rising. It’s the trenches – Jesus is doing the hard-yards with people. So much explaining and so little understanding. But I find great encouragement in verse 30.
THEN many who heard him say THESE things believed in him. (Capitals mine)
I need to keep speaking for Jesus. I need to keep talking about Him to my friends. Even if I’ve said the same thing over and over. THESE last words just might be the ones that turn an unbeliever into a believer.
Lord, please grant me your endurance. To not give up speaking for you even though it’s frustrating. You didn’t give up on me – help me not give up on those around me that you love and are yet to be introduced to you.
Written by Boudy van Noppen