Daily Spirit & Word, 631:
“Peace I leave with you, my peace I give you.”
God’s Comfort In The FACE of DEATH.
Good morning my friends, I know the title sounds bleak, but bear with me because there’s great encouragement and comfort today; God WANTS to REVEAL Himself to you today.
When Jesus was nearing the end of His earthly mission and He knew what was about to happen to Him, His thoughts were not for Himself, He was thinking about how His disciples would feel once He’d gone back to Heaven. He was thinking about them all because He loved them and knew that they all loved Him too. When someone we LOVE departs this Earth, it hurts. No matter how prepared you are for that event, deep down it tears something from your soul when a loved on leaves.
I’ll never forget my own mother’s death: We knew a week before she died that she’d only have one week left in this world. The Doctors had to stop her Dialysis Treatment: She was in the Renal Ward and the treatment wasn’t working. She was also riddled with Cancer. I had to break the news to my mum along with my dad that she only had a week to live. Although everyone knew she was coming to the end of her life, when she eventually died it was as if something was ripped from my own soul and a sick, empty feeling continued for many hours in my stomach.
When Jesus knew what was about to happen, He felt for His own disciples too. So with these words our Lord began to comfort them: Imagine getting this kind of assurance at the impending death of a loved one.
John 14:15-27 God’s Comfort In The Face of Death.
15 “If you love me, you will obey what I command.
16 And I will ask the Father, and he will give you another Counsellor to be with you for ever—
17 the Spirit of truth. The world cannot accept him, because it neither sees him nor knows him. But you know him, for he lives with you and will be in you.
18 I will not leave you as orphans; I will come to you.
19 Before long, the world will not see me any more, but you will see me. Because I live, you also will live.
20 On that day you will realise that I am in my Father, and you are in me, and I am in you.
21 Whoever has my commands and obeys them, he is the one who loves me. He who loves me will be loved by my Father, and I too will love him and show myself to him.”
22 Then Judas (not Judas Iscariot) said, “But, Lord, why do you intend to show yourself to us and not to the world?”
23 Jesus replied, “If anyone loves me, he will obey my teaching. My Father will love him, and we will come to him and make our home with him.
24 He who does not love me will not obey my teaching. These words you hear are not my own; they belong to the Father who sent me.
25 “All this I have spoken while still with you.
26 But the Counsellor, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in my name, will teach you all things and will remind you of everything I have said to you.
27 Peace I leave with you; my peace I give you. I do not give to you as the world gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled and do not be afraid.
This whole passage is bound up in LOVE:
- The LOVE: That God has for His Son, the Son (Jesus) for the Father (God).
- The LOVE: That God has for those He’s brought to His Son Jesus.
- The LOVE: That God the Son has for those He’s been teaching and training for over three years.
- The LOVE: That those who’ve been following Jesus have for Him and for God and for each other.
It’s ALL ABOUT LOVE: And love hurts.
Verse 18: “I will not leave you as orphans”… An Orphan is one who’s bereft of parents. He’s hurting because he’s alone in this world. But Jesus is promising that they’ll get another counsellor and guide: God the Holy Spirit. God the Son is going to be replaced by God the Holy Spirit. It’s going to be different though; instead of God walking with them, talking with them, eating with them, He’s going to be INSIDE them. They’ll know God from now on in a very different way.
There is a condition attached to this REVELATION that’s about to happen.
“If anyone loves me and obeys my teaching”
The internal revelation and presence of God the Holy Spirit will only happen to those who are OBEDIENTLY seeking God.
God will never and can never show Himself to those who don’t want to know Him: those who are DISOBEDIENT.
NOTE: That doesn’t mean we need to be sinless or perfect to get a revelation of God. It just means we’ve come to God in weakness, repentance and faith, trusting in His Divine goodness and forgiveness through Jesus the Son, with a desire to be obedient to all He’s commanded: then we’ll get the revelation, presence and love of God: Father, Son and Holy Spirit.
But what awesome PROMISES: God on the inside.
“My Father will love him” Awesome.
“He will be loved by My Father, I too will love him and will SHOW MYSELF to him”. WOWzer! Jesus is going to SHOW (Reveal) Himself to you.
Have you had that personal REVELATION yet?
It comes to EVERYONE who’s born of God’s Spirit.
When you are BORN AGAIN you KNOW Jesus, because He SHOWS Himself to you.
All this shows us how DEEP the Father’s LOVE for us is; and How interconnected God is: Father, Son and Holy Spirit.
Have an awesome day with the RESURRECTED Lord Jesus Christ.
Be filled afresh with God the Holy Spirit NOW!
Be assured that you belong to Father God Almighty and He LOVES you. Amen!