Today’s devotion is based on John 16:12-14, where we hear Jesus saying, “I have much more to tell you, but now it would be too much for you to bear. When, however, the Spirit comes, who reveals the truth about God, he will lead you into all the truth. He will not speak on his authority, but he will speak of what he hears and will tell you of things to come. He will give me glory because he will take what I say and tell it to you.”
This passage tells us so much about Jesus. It is important to know that he is telling his disciples these things, knowing that he is in a short time, suffer, and die. Even so, he prays for them. What he is telling them shows us his amazing love and compassion. At a time when his approaching suffering and death must be weighing heavily on his mind, he tells his disciples he will not try to tell them too much at this time because they just couldn’t take it all in.
But he is also thinking of them and the time when they will not have him with them permanently—at least physically, as they know him. So he tells them of the Holy Spirit, whose job it will be to continue Jesus’ teaching ministry through them. He will make things clear to them, help them understand the truth, and keep pointing them to Jesus, their friend.
Jesus shows the same compassion for you and me. He tells us, too, through the Spirit-inspired writings of Paul, that “God keeps his promise, and will not allow you to be tested beyond your power to remain firm” The lives that the disciples lived and the lives we live are achieved through the Holy Spirit.
Please pray with me the prayer for today. Heavenly Father, creator, and sustainer of all things, seen and unseen, thank you, for your love for me, as it is shown through Jesus agony and death. All praise and glory to you. In Jesus’ name, I pray. Amen.