“But now I am going to Him who sent Me; and none of you asks Me, ‘Where are You going?’ But because I have said these things to you, sorrow has filled your heart. But I tell you the truth, it is to your advantage that I go away; for if I do not go away, the Helper will not come to you; but if I go, I will send Him to you. And He, when He comes, will convict the world concerning sin and righteousness and judgment; concerning sin, because they do not believe in Me; and concerning righteousness, because I go to the Father and you no longer see Me; and concerning judgment, because the ruler of this world has been judged."
This week we will be taking a closer look at the Holy Spirit. John 14–16 is part of an extended teaching session from Jesus to His disciples where He explored the nature of discipleship, His true identity, and the coming help of the Holy Spirit. Because He knew that He was about to return to heaven, Jesus wanted the disciples to be prepared for His departure. He knew that His time was growing short, but the disciples did not understand that Jesus would depart from them.
They did not ask where Jesus was going because they were afraid. Jesus was talking about persecution that would come upon them; they were scared for the future and did not want to lose their teacher. Without a guide, the disciples would have been lost. They needed direction. Thankfully, Jesus promised and provided the help they asked for in the person and work of the Holy Spirit.
Jesus sensed their fear and reassured them with the hope of a coming Helper, the Holy Spirit. The Helper would convict the world of sin and promote justice and righteousness. The Holy Spirit was the assurance the disciples would have that Jesus was with them even though they no longer saw Him. We have that same help and comfort today.
- What words and phrases from John 16:5-11 highlight the reassurance and hope Jesus gave His disciples?
- Why is “Helper” an appropriate title for the Holy Spirit? How does He help you?
- Thank Jesus for the comfort of the Helper.