John: Witness Protection

John 15:18-16:4

The Witness Protection Program is something we’ve all heard of, but that we hope to never learn about first-hand. It’s an important program established several decades ago to provide protection to witnesses in court cases where they are under real or suspected threat of harm because of their testimony against highly powerful people. It seems a bit odd then, that if our secular government is willing to use vast resources to shield (sometimes sketchy) witnesses from potential harm, our Lord Jesus, who has all power and authority, would tell His disciples that their witness about Him would leave them under serious threat, even leading to death for some. While at first glance it may seem that Jesus was leaving His disciples vulnerable and exposed, we’ll see in John 15:18-16:4 that Jesus was indeed protecting His disciples–but that it was against something worse than death. Join us to find out what that is and to be encouraged to be a witness for Christ yourself.