In Jesus’ final hours with the disciples before He was arrested and crucified, He prepared them for what was to come, comforting them with the promise of peace and the coming of the Holy Spirit, the Helper. Jesus knew that His death would crush the disciples and plunge them into a state of despair.
Yet Jesus knew how it would end, with His glorious resurrection and ascension. So he spoke plainly to those who had walked with Him for some three years. He told them that soon the world would no longer see Him, but “I will not leave you as orphans.” He promised that the Father would send a Helper, the Holy Spirit, who would abide in them, and us, and would “teach you all things, and bring to your remembrance all that I said to you.”
That same Holy Spirit is with us still, in fact, Jesus promised “that He may be with you forever.” And the Spirit still abides in us, teaching us and causing us to remember all that Jesus said. He fills us with that peace that Jesus spoke about, and joy. It is the Spirit who comforts us in our darkest times and emboldens us to face the evil of each new day and reminds us of the promise of Jesus to return and take us home.
I’ll be sharing from John 14 during Middays Prayer Time this week, around 10:30 AM and 2:30 PM.
Mon 10/26/20 John 14:16-18
Tue 10/27/20 John 14:19-21
Wed 10/28/20 John 14:22-24
Thu 10/29/20 John 14:25-27
Fri 10/30/20 John 14:28-31
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