False expectations can lead to disappointment, anger, and even a spirit of abandonment.
We’ve all experienced a time when what we expected to happen didn’t pan out the way we hoped. It’s a frustrating feeling.
For Jesus, He knew that His closest followers didn’t quite understand who He was. Instead of the royal Messiah who would usurp Caesar and Roman rule and install Israel back into prominence and power, Jesus would give up His life voluntarily while His followers would follow in that same path of persecution.
In John 16, Jesus gives His followers a warning so as not to give them false expectations on the future. He didn’t want their faith in Him and His kingdom to be so demolished that they abandoned the godly cause Jesus began.
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