“I have said these things to you in figures of speech. The hour is coming when I will no longer speak to you in figures, but will tell you plainly of the Father. On that day you will ask in my name. I do not say to you that I will ask the Father on your behalf; for the Father himself loves you, because you have loved me and have believed that I came from God. I came from the Father and have come into the world; again, I am leaving the world and am going to the Father.” His disciples said, “Yes, now you are speaking plainly, not in any figure of speech! Now we know that you know all things, and do not need to have anyone question you; by this we believe that you came from God.” Jesus answered them, “Do you now believe? The hour is coming, indeed it has come, when you will be scattered, each one to his home, and you will leave me alone. Yet I am not alone because the Father is with me. I have said this to you, so that in me you may have peace. In the world you face persecution. But take courage; I have conquered the world!” (John 16:25-33, NRSV)
Oh for the day Jesus doesn’t talk in parables. But this is it really, this passage seems pretty straightforward. And now that they all believe they will be scattered. And all of them will abandon Jesus. But Jesus is not alone in this. And neither are we. When it seems that the world has left us behind and no one is there, God is still there.
God knows our hurts, our pain. He sees everything we go through. And in that, we can have peace that surpasses all understanding. For even if we think Jesus has left us He hasn’t. He is always with us. And He has conquered the world. So take heart and know you are not alone.