It was the night before the crucifixion of Christ. Jesus had gathered His disciples in an upper room to prepare them for His departure from the earth. After they shared a meal together, the Lord took a towel and proceeded to wash the men’s feet.
That evening, Jesus told these devoted followers He was going to be “lifted up” (meaning crucified) by the hands of wicked men. When He told them this, He was forewarning them about what was to come.
Jesus ended His message to them by saying, “I came forth from the Father and have come into the world. Again, I leave the world and go to the Father” (John 16:28).
To this, the disciples responded, “You are speaking plainly, and using no figure of speech! Now we are sure that You know all things. . . . By this we believe that You came forth from God” (16:29–30).
The disciples were letting Jesus know that they understood clearly what He had told them. Yet, more importantly, take note of their words in the last verse: “Now we are sure . . . we believe.”
It appeared that a great faith had gripped their souls. These men were declaring to Jesus, “Now we see, Jesus! Now we know. Now we believe.”