5 “But now I go away to Him who sent Me, and none of you asks Me, ‘Where are You going?’ 6 But because I have said these things to you, sorrow has filled your heart. 7 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 depart, I will send Him to you. 8 And when He has come, He will convict the world of sin, and of righteousness, and of judgment: 9 of sin, because they do not believe in Me; 10 of righteousness, because I go to My Father and you see Me no more; 11 of judgment, because the ruler of this world is judged.
Let’s put ourselves in the sandals of the eleven apostles for just a moment. We have just spent the most amazing three and a half years with the most amazing Man who ever walked on the earth. We have seen Him do thousands and thousands of miracles. He has fed tens of thousands of people. He has cast out demons, walked on water, calmed storms, rebuked the Pharisees and even raised the dead back to life! We have plans to spend the rest of our lives with this Jesus of Galilee and have heavily invested of our time in being trained by Him to serve with Him.
But now He keeps talking about leaving us. We don’t like this talk. This was not in our plans even for a moment. No, we want Jesus to stay and keep this amazing life going.
But now, put yourself in Jesus’ sandals for a moment. Jesus knew that His life was an introduction of the plan of God into the universe. He knew that His life was going to end on a cross as the Lamb making payment for our sin. Jesus also knew that every follower of His throughout time could not enjoy His physical presence as the Apostles had; so Jesus had a better plan, which was to send His Holy Spirit into every follower of His to teach, to judge, to guide, and to fill.
Jesus, of course, had the better plan. But humanly speaking that plan did not make sense at the moment. From this side of the indwelling Holy Spirit at Pentecost, these teachings of Jesus make perfect sense. What is Jesus teaching you that today is hard to understand? Can you trust that His plan is good and that after a certain point it will make perfect sense to you? At the cross, the Apostles went through a crisis of faith, but at the resurrection it all made sense. May our faith remain strong even when we cannot see what God is doing knowing that He has our best and His glory in mind.
Thanks to God for the ascension of Christ and the sending of the Holy Spirit, the earnest of our inheritance.
We are rejoicing in all that God for us last week. Our revival week was great time of teaching, preaching and fellowship. All who committed to the week were richly blessed. There were those who came and heard the gospel and we are praying for them to be saved. Our Friday night at First Baptist in Big Rock was a blast! We need to share services with them more often. What a joy to share the Holy Spirit with another congregation of Christ followers.
Our thanks to Brent and Becky for their dedication to the church of Jesus Christ. Few people can live the way they do and maintain the schedule they maintain to travel from church to church and camp to camp to preach God’s word and to minister to God’s people. Keep them in your prayers this week as they minister in northern Indiana.
Have a great day in the Lord,