“I chose you.” These are the words of Jesus in verse 16. He speaks them to His disciples then, and He speaks them to us now. This word “chose” can also be translated as “picked up.” They are words of intentionality, they are words that evoke the picture of relationships. They are words that carry great purpose, and they are words for us to hold onto when we struggle to believe. He has picked us up and we can be confident in His hands. Jesus has chosen every single one of us on purpose and with a purpose in this world.