Friday, May 5, 2017

Why It Was Good for Jesus to Go Back to the Father!

John 16:7,12-15
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. 12 “I have much more to say to you, more than you can now bear. 13 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. 14 He will glorify me because it is from me that he will receive what he will make known to you. 15 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.”

In the next week we are going to focus on Jesus rising from the dead, ascending to the Father after 40 days, and finally his promise of sending the Holy Spirit to his followers.  I'm am sure the disciples were not to excited to hear Jesus say, "It is for your good that I am going away."  However, there are several reasons why it would be good that Jesus went to be with the Father and subsequently send His Spirit to the disciples.

1. Jesus could only teach the disciples so much when he was with them.  Jesus tells them the Holy Spirit will teach them so much more, and guide them into all truth.  By relying on the Holy Spirit, the disciples could be sure that they were teaching the same truth which Jesus embodied when he said, "I am the way, the truth, and the life." 

2. Jesus could only be in one place at one time with his disciples.  Now the Spirit of Jesus, the Spirit of God, could be with every disciple wherever they would go.  The expansion of the church would come when the Holy Spirit exploded into the church on the day of Pentecost, which we will get to later!

3.  The Holy Spirit was the power in which the disciples could do the same things that Jesus did. Jesus mainly preached, teached, healed and delivered people from sickness and demons.  Now the disciples were empowered to continue the movement Jesus had started where his principle purpose was to bring the kingdom of God and Heaven to earth!  

So yes it was sad for Jesus to go, but He had to in order for the Holy Spirit to come to us. The gift of the Holy Spirit is our power to live the Christian life and operate in our spiritual gifts to help the church grow.  As we rely on the Holy Spirit, Jesus himself works in and through us.  Christ in us the hope of glory!  Very Exciting!!

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