Monday, March 26, 2012

We Are Not Alone

John 16:1-15

If you had an opportunity to sit face to face with Jesus, what do you think your conversation would be?  For the next few weeks, I will be studying the last part of the book of John.  Jesus poured out His love and encouragement on His disciples during His last hours with them.  I look at these last few chapters as amazing and intimate moments that the disciples had with Christ.  But we will also see how Christ wasn't just thinking of His disciples; He was thinking of us as well.  We may not see Jesus face to face here on earth, but we can still come to Him and bring our joys and our concerns.  He has given us the Holy Spirit so our relationship can grow and we can speak to Him.  Please read John 16:1-15.

I opened this post with the question of what you think your conversation with Jesus would be.  I think if you asked one of His disciples, he would say, "I have no idea."  Jesus had a way of talking about things that the disciples couldn't even dream up; and Jesus said such radical things that I think the disciples learned not to anticipate any one thing for Jesus to say.  This is one of those conversations that was unexpected.  In this conversation, Jesus revealed that His time with the disciples was coming to an end and He was sharing things with them that they needed to know.  One of truths He wanted the disciples to know about was the Holy Spirit.  Even though they didn't understand everything Jesus was telling them at that moment, Christ shared that no matter what happened to them here on earth they were not alone.

Jesus let them know that because He was leaving, it would be good because then they would have the Holy Spirit with them who would reveal God's truth to them and empower them for whatever they faced.  Jesus let them know that whatever the Holy Spirit revealed to them was what Christ gave to the Holy Spirit.  Basically, the Holy Spirit will only tell us what truth is spoken by Christ.  Jesus wanted to make sure they understood that even though His physical presence was not going to be with them, He was still with them through the Holy Spirit.  This is true for all who believe and follow Christ.  Ephesians 1:13 says, "And now you Gentiles have also heard the truth, the Good News that God saves you. And when you believed in Christ, He identified you as His own by giving you the Holy Spirit, whom He promised long ago."  This promise of the Holy Spirit was not just for His disciples; it was for all who believe.  We are not alone!

Do you rest in the promise that you are not alone?

This post is linked with Sharing His Beauty and Monday Musings.

6 comments:

  1. Oh yes! I am resting in that promise! It is such a comfort to know that we are not alone! God is with us and His Holy Spirit is here to guide and comfort us (and more)! What a blessing!

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    1. Such a blessing and promise that I cling to!

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  2. Sharon, what sweet encouragement. We read that exact chapter this morning in our bible study in our little homeschool. My children and I are working through the Book of John for Lent. Thank for sharing at What Joy Is Mine. And I am comforted that He is ever present. Blessings.

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    1. Thank you for visiting, Naomi and letting me know about your blog! :)

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  3. Yes, we are not alone! How wonderful is that! Thanks for this powerful reminder. BLESSINGS to you, Sharon!

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