Better For You!!

 

   This is from Jesus’ passion week.  He is again telling his disciples that he will be leaving them, that “now I am going to him who sent me. None of you asks me, ‘Where are you going?’ Rather, you are filled with grief because I have said these things.”  Then he says something which would seem bizarre.  “None of you asks me, ‘Where are you going?’ Rather, you are filled with grief because I have said these things. But very truly I tell you, it is for your good that I am going away.”  Why would it be good that Jesus was going away??  Imagine being one of his disciples, knowing the Son of God had come to you and changed your life.  And now he says he’s going away, and it’s BETTER for you if he goes away!!??  Huh??  Then comes the shocking explanation – “Unless I go away, the Advocate will not come to you; but if I go, I will send him to you. When he comes, he will prove the world to be in the wrong about sin and righteousness and judgment: about sin, because people do not believe in me; about righteousness, because I am going to the Father, where you can see me no longer; and about judgment, because the prince of this world now stands condemned.”  Thank God we know now the truth of which Jesus was speaking, but those poor disciple heads must have been spinning at that one.  But think about this – we do have the Holy Spirit, the third part of the triune God, with us in all we do.  Jesus was God the son – fully God, but limited on earth by being by being fully human also.  At any point in time, Jesus the man could only be one place, one time.  But the Holy Spirit is omnipresent, all places at all times, living in the heart of every believer, all 2.3 billion of us.  It wasn’t until Jesus rose into heaven and the spirit showed up in Acts 2 that Jesus’ church began to explode, as all his believers now had the power of God within them to “Go and make disciples of all the nations.”  This is why as believers we say we need to “empty ourselves”, so that we can be filled with this Holy Spirit – actually have the third part of the Triune God living within us!!  “But when he, the Spirit of truth, comes, he will guide you into all the truth. He will not speak on his own; he will speak only what he hears, and he will tell you what is yet to come. He will glorify me because it is from me that he will receive what he will make known to you. All that belongs to the Father is mine. That is why I said the Spirit will receive from me what he will make known to you.”””  Thank God for the Spirit he sent to help us in our lives, our recoveries, and our daily walk with him!!

 
 

““All this I have told you so that you will not fall away. They will put you out of the synagogue; in fact, the time is coming when anyone who kills you will think they are offering a service to God. They will do such things because they have not known the Father or me. I have told you this, so that when their time comes you will remember that I warned you about them. I did not tell you this from the beginning because I was with you, but now I am going to him who sent me. None of you asks me, ‘Where are you going?’ Rather, you are filled with grief because I have said these things. But very truly I tell you, it is for your good that I am going away. Unless I go away, the Advocate will not come to you; but if I go, I will send him to you. When he comes, he will prove the world to be in the wrong about sin and righteousness and judgment: about sin, because people do not believe in me; about righteousness, because I am going to the Father, where you can see me no longer; and about judgment, because the prince of this world now stands condemned. “I have much more to say to you, more than you can now bear. But when he, the Spirit of truth, comes, he will guide you into all the truth. He will not speak on his own; he will speak only what he hears, and he will tell you what is yet to come. He will glorify me because it is from me that he will receive what he will make known to you. All that belongs to the Father is mine. That is why I said the Spirit will receive from me what he will make known to you.””
‭‭John‬ ‭16:1-15‬ ‭NIV‬‬
http://bible.com/111/jhn.16.1-15.niv

 

John Lewis

 
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