Last week we saw that when you come to Christ and abide in the Vine, the world often hates you.
Jesus continues to warn about this persecution in verses 1-4. He even says in verse 2, “They shall put you out of the synagogues: yea, the time cometh, that whosoever killeth you will think that he doeth God service.”
That’s exactly what the Apostle Paul did when he was still Saul. That’s what radical Muslims think when they kill one of us—they’re killing an infidel—they’re doing service to Allah.
In verse 5 Jesus says again that He’s going to the Father. The situation looks bleak and dire. In verse 6, Jesus says, “But because I have said these things unto you, sorrow hath filled your heart.” The disciples hearts aren’t just troubled, there full of sorrow. They’re scared and sad.
Both of those are common emotions you experience when you’re going through a trial—and you don’t sense the nearness of God. But Jesus says something counterintuitive in verse 7, essentially, “What seems like the worst thing, is actually the best thing.”