The Gospel of John Chapter 16 finds the apostles in a state of confusion that is all too familiar to us. Jesus was with God before the world began, he left and came to earth in human form and now he is going back to the One who sent him?
It all so hard to connect that the apostles like us can’t even come up with a good question. They are sad because they don’t want Jesus, their friend and mentor, to leave and they don’t really know where he is going?
Fortunately for them and for us God’s plan is far ahead of, and far better for us, than we can grasp. Jesus is clear in this text if He does not fulfill God’s plan then the Holy Spirit, our Advocate & Comforter will not come. Jesus says in “Verse 8” that when the Holy Spirit comes, he will convict the world of its “sin, God’s righteousness and judgement” .
With the Holy Spirit as the navigator and the Bible as a compass (we) the Church can go out from the foundation of Peter’s confession of Jesus as the Christ ( Matt 16:13-20 ) and fulfill the purpose God has for the Church in the book of Acts and the purpose to which we are called today.
Pentecost will bring to us the reminder of God’s enabling power thru the Holy Spirit in our lives. The Holy Spirit returned so that we might live in a way that others who see us will also want to believe in HIM.
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