“Nevertheless, 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.”-John 16:7
After acknowledging the validity of their sorrow, Jesus kept speaking. He said, “It is to your advantage that I go away.” He was not just trying to make them feel better. He knew that leaving would actually be better, because then the Holy Spirit, the promised Helper, would come. I imagine the disciples must have needed an extra dose of trust. If I were in their shoes, I would have been thinking, “Great. You are leaving, and I am left with ‘your Helper’ whom I cannot even see.” But Jesus knew the importance and the power of the Spirit.
Many of us still live in uncertainty. We wish our friend Jesus was here, but when we don’t literally see him, we feel like we are left with our longings. But do you realize that Jesus’s words are just as true for us now, in this time and place? The Spirit of God is fully present with you right now.
Jesus, you promised your followers that your Holy Spirit would come, and you kept your promise. You say that your Holy Spirit is my ever present help, but too often, I fail to live in that truth. Help me to live in light of your empowering grace, by your Spirit. Amen.