Scripture Lesson: John 14:18
I will not leave you comfortless: I will come to you.
The disciples had walked with Jesus for over 3 years. They had witnessed miracles unlike the world had ever seen before. People were healed, demons were casted out and even the dead were raised. Not only had they seen miraculous wonders, they had performed some of their own. When Jesus sent them out in Luke chapter 9, they returned with glowing reports of healings and how even demons were under their command. Many people followed them. They were probably getting use to this live. That is until Jesus pulled the rug out from under them.
He told them that He was leaving. Going where, they wondered. Of course He gave them a super deep theological explanation about prepared places and mansions and going to the Father but they didn’t understand. Where ever this place was not familiar to them. They knew it was not in Jerusalem or Judea or even Samaria. It didn’t sound like Rome. Where was He going? Why couldn’t He just give them a straight answer? All they knew was that they had left everything they knew to follow this man and now He was talking about leaving. The anxiety was building. This was not a good day.
Jesus knew their hearts were troubled and they were afraid. His words of comfort to them is our promise for today. I will not leave you comfortless: I will come to you. Jesus had introduced a new concept to them, the Holy Spirit. He explained to them that He would never leave them even though they may not see Him. He promised them that the Holy Spirit would comfort them, teach them and bring His word back to them.
That same power and comfort of the Holy Spirit is available to us today. When we feel alone or troubled or afraid, the Holy Spirit is right there to comfort us, guide us and bring the word of God back to our remembrance. We are never alone.
The Holy Spirit is my comforter. He is my teacher and my guide. I am never alone so I do not have to be afraid. I rejoice and I am grateful for the promise that Jesus will not leave me comfortless. He will come to me whenever I need Him. In Jesus Name, Amen.
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