by Christina Farris
1 These things have I spoken unto you, that ye should not be offended.
2 They shall put you out of the synagogues: yea, the time cometh, that whosoever killeth you will think that he doeth God service.
3 And these things will they do unto you, because they have not known the Father, nor me.
4 But these things have I told you, that when the time shall come, ye may remember that I told you of them. And these things I said not unto you at the beginning, because I was with you.
5 But now I go my way to him that sent me; and none of you asketh me, Whither goest thou?
6 But because I have said these things unto you, sorrow hath filled your heart.
7 Nevertheless I tell you the truth; It is expedient for you that I go away: for if I go not away, the Comforter will not come unto you; but if I depart, I will send him unto you.
8 And when he is come, he will reprove the world of sin, and of righteousness, and of judgment:
9 Of sin, because they believe not on me;
10 Of righteousness, because I go to my Father, and ye see me no more;
11 Of judgment, because the prince of this world is judged.
12 I have yet many things to say unto you, but ye cannot bear them now.
13 Howbeit when he, the Spirit of truth, is come, he will guide you into all truth: for he shall not speak of himself; but whatsoever he shall hear, that shall he speak: and he will shew you things to come.
14 He shall glorify me: for he shall receive of mine, and shall shew it unto you.
15 All things that the Father hath are mine: therefore said I, that he shall take of mine, and shall shew it unto you.
16 A little while, and ye shall not see me: and again, a little while, and ye shall see me, because I go to the Father.
17 Then said some of his disciples among themselves, What is this that he saith unto us, A little while, and ye shall not see me: and again, a little while, and ye shall see me: and, Because I go to the Father?
18 They said therefore, What is this that he saith, A little while? we cannot tell what he saith.
19 Now Jesus knew that they were desirous to ask him, and said unto them, Do ye enquire among yourselves of that I said, A little while, and ye shall not see me: and again, a little while, and ye shall see me?
20 Verily, verily, I say unto you, That ye shall weep and lament, but the world shall rejoice: and ye shall be sorrowful, but your sorrow shall be turned into joy.
21 A woman when she is in travail hath sorrow, because her hour is come: but as soon as she is delivered of the child, she remembereth no more the anguish, for joy that a man is born into the world.
22 And ye now therefore have sorrow: but I will see you again, and your heart shall rejoice, and your joy no man taketh from you.
23 And in that day ye shall ask me nothing. Verily, verily, I say unto you, Whatsoever ye shall ask the Father in my name, he will give it you.
24 Hitherto have ye asked nothing in my name: ask, and ye shall receive, that your joy may be full.
25 These things have I spoken unto you in proverbs: but the time cometh, when I shall no more speak unto you in proverbs, but I shall shew you plainly of the Father.
26 At that day ye shall ask in my name: and I say not unto you, that I will pray the Father for you:
27 For the Father himself loveth you, because ye have loved me, and have believed that I came out from God.
28 I came forth from the Father, and am come into the world: again, I leave the world, and go to the Father.
29 His disciples said unto him, Lo, now speakest thou plainly, and speakest no proverb.
30 Now are we sure that thou knowest all things, and needest not that any man should ask thee: by this we believe that thou camest forth from God.
31 Jesus answered them, Do ye now believe?
32 Behold, the hour cometh, yea, is now come, that ye shall be scattered, every man to his own, and shall leave me alone: and yet I am not alone, because the Father is with me.
33 These things I have spoken unto you, that in me ye might have peace. In the world ye shall have tribulation: but be of good cheer; I have overcome the world. In a little while I be with the Father, was Jesus' words to his disciples. He began to teach his twelve about the day of his departure as well as return and the gift he would bring them of the Holy Spirit who would be a comforter to them after he was gone once more. It hard for us to imagine last days with knowing Jesus rose from the grave after his death on the cross Yet most people have experienced at least one lost of life in their life time. My first recallable experience with death probably came about age two or three, when a friend was killed in a wreck, thrown through the windshield of the car. I do not know how much I grasped in someways, but I will always remember the little boy I played with in my backyard. I no longer can see his face, to many years gone by, but the reality of my first friend dying still in my memory. And the shock of the news on my life surprised me. For age two or three, my understanding surprises me, then I look at other two year olds, and realize they do understand more then we give them credit.
It is young life that we first acknowledge that people do not return from the dead. Yet it is as we age we understand all things are possible with God, but can you imagine for a moment what it was like for the disciple to learn there was coming a time that they would see Jesus no more. Yet one apostles sitting there would have a vision of Christ on the throne. His name being John same writer of the book of John. The idea of absents and then joy and elation occuring after seems like a far fetch story. How can sorrow turn to joy and unspeakable joy at that. We have to view the story of the cross. The disciples and the women had follow Jesus for three years and some even longer then that as lads growing up because some were cousins. Yet the truth of the matter to hear the words you will see me no more is hard to fathom without death or voyage with no return, or return address. Pioneers traveled the globe in search of new land, and a new place to raise their offspring and make a home. The story common until the last frontier was found and lived upon. There was no more pioneer spirit until nasa. And yet there still areas that are quite primitive. It hard to imagine places in this century without good water supply and electricity and they do exist.
Jesus journey was almost complete on this earth, but he said when he went away the Holy Spirit would come and bring them comfort. Comfort and hope through things he would show and reveal to them. The comforter of the Holy Spirit that would provide gifts to them to do the work of God. This Holy Spirit would not come til Jesus went to be with the Father, yet we know the Holy Spirit still spoke to the hearts of the believer even during the time of Jesus. For Jesus told Peter I think it is in the book of Matthew, that the Holy Spirit must of told you I am the Christ. The absents is not even at the time before the cross as some have commonly thought. Yet he was not highlighted as the teacher of the disciples at this time. Jesus being principal teacher.
Here the disciples only see their life continuing with Jesus and not thinking his death would come. In fact maybe a bit unexpected except for Judas who would betray Jesus. Death is unexpected at times, and other times, the doctor can almost set the clock to when the last breath will occur. Death being a finalee and not beginning to the disciples except to go into a place called Abraham bosom(heaven) in Jewish faith. This idea of death and then joy coming behind it seems almost foreign idea, and yet as their sorrow at seeing Jesus hanging on the cross, changed to overwhelming joy at seeing the resurrected Lord, these words would return to them, and they understood the meaning of What Christ said, but not fully until Christ would ascend into heaven and then send the Holy Spirit to his disciple who waited in the upper room.
The moments and 40 days before the ascension was maybe the best healing gift God could give his disciples as they spent time with Jesus, talking and asking all sorts of question. Yet the day arrived for a departure leaving the disciples of hope of ascension of their own as well as gift of the Holy Spirit to comfort them and to bring all truths to them as well as prophecy. Yes if you experience prophesy don't be scared of it, but be forewarned, the fakery is done with words that all hear, the Spirit speaks to the believers heart. If there prophecy in a group of people one can wait to see if it comes to pass. The Holy Spirit speaks to the heart.
Dear Heavenly Father, your grace is sufficient for our needs and your gift of the Holy Spirit as comforter, prophet and teacher to our hearts is all we need to know you are faithful to deliver as promise the gift of eternal life. In Jesus precious name, Amen.
Continual Scripture Study:2 Corinthians 13:14 KJV
14 The grace of the Lord Jesus Christ, and the love of God, and the communion of the Holy Ghost, be with you all. Amen.