In John 16 the disciples are facing a significant challenge. Jesus has told them that he was going to leave them. They had accepted Jesus’ call and followed Him, leaving everything behind. They had spent years with Jesus, being trained and taught by Him. They had seen his miracles. They had come to believe that He was the Messiah, their Savior. Now Jesus is telling them that He will be leaving!! We see their reaction in John 16:6:
They were having a very difficult time comprehending what it would be like to not have Jesus with them in the way He had been. Maybe you have pondered this same question, or in a specific situation have wished that you could just see and hear from Jesus Himself.
Jesus, helping His disciples (and us by extension), tells them the great advantages of having The Holy Spirit with them rather than Himself.
Read the words of Jesus below:
“If you love me, you will keep my commandments. And I will ask the Father, and he will give you another Helper, to be with you forever, even the Spirit of truth, whom the world cannot receive, because it neither sees him nor knows him. You know him, for he dwells with you and will be in you."
“These things I have spoken to you while I am still with you. But the Helper, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in my name, he will teach you all things and bring to your remembrance all that I have said to you.”
“Nevertheless, I tell you the truth: it is to your advantage that I go away, for if I do not go away, the Helper will not come to you. But if I go, I will send him to you. And when he comes, he will convict the world concerning sin and righteousness and judgment: concerning sin, because they do not believe in me; concerning righteousness, because I go to the Father, and you will see me no longer, concerning judgment, because the ruler of this world is judged."
“When the Spirit of truth comes, he will guide you into all the truth, for he will not speak on his own authority, but whatever he hears he will speak, and he will declare to you the things that are to come."
How advantageous it is to have The Holy Spirit living in us! We have the privilege of having God living inside of each of us, simultaneously. The Spirit will teach us and remind us of Jesus’ teaching. The Spirit will convict us about our lives and guide us. Praise God for this incredible privilege! This week let us lean into the reality of The Spirit’s constant presence in our lives.
A question for you to consider this week - In what ways are you taking full advantage of the Holy Spirit’s presence in your life?
May you be in tune to the leading of the Holy Spirit this week!