Daily Bible Reading

May 18, 2024

John 16:25–33(GNT)

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John 16:25–33: Today’s reading concludes the “Farewell Discourse” which began with John 14 (see the reading from May 12). While Jesus tells the disciples that the world will make them suffer, he assures them that he has defeated the world and that God loves them.

Today’s Key Verse: John 16:33b

[Jesus said:] “Be brave. I have defeated the world!”


25 “I have used figures of speech to tell you these things. But the time will come when I will not use figures of speech, but will speak to you plainly about the Father. 26 When that day comes, you will ask him in my name; and I do not say that I will ask him on your behalf, 27 for the Father himself loves you. He loves you because you love me and have believed that I came from God. 28 I did come from the Father, and I came into the world; and now I am leaving the world and going to the Father.”

29 Then his disciples said to him, “Now you are speaking plainly, without using figures of speech. 30 We know now that you know everything; you do not need to have someone ask you questions. This makes us believe that you came from God.”

31 Jesus answered them, “Do you believe now? 32 The time is coming, and is already here, when all of you will be scattered, each of you to your own home, and I will be left all alone. But I am not really alone, because the Father is with me. 33 I have told you this so that you will have peace by being united to me. The world will make you suffer. But be brave! I have defeated the world!”


What is the victory that Jesus speaks of? In verse 28, Jesus tells the disciples that he is leaving the world and returning to God the Father. He came from God and was sent into the world to make God known (see John 1:18; 14:7), and his death and his return to God will complete his work see (John 17:4; 19:30). How has Jesus made God known to you?


Holy Jesus, you have defeated the world and I claim this victory in your name. I believe that you came from God and you have made God known to me and assured me of God’s love. Thank you, Lord Jesus! Amen.

Tomorrow’s Reading

Acts 2:1–21: God sends the Holy Spirit on the day of Pentecost.

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