None of them has paused to hear that “it is to your advantage that I go away, for if I do not go away, the Advocate will not come to you; but if I go, I will send him to you.”. “I will be killed…but in three days I will rise.”  We don’t have to huddle in a room for fear of our circumstances and wait for the Holy Spirit. We have a couple of options with regard to Pentecost accounts. "I have told you this so that you may not fall away. How would the particular troubling situation we face in our life right now be different if we kept listening to Jesus until he finished his sentence? Thank You that You sent the Holy Spirit of truth Who proceeds from the Father, to live in me and guide each one of us as we journey through this hostile world on our way to our heavenly home - thank You in Jesus name, AMEN. They had to transfer from living under the rigidity of the dispensation of Law to the freedom of the dispensation of Grace and they had to realise that the Messiah of Israel is also the Saviour of the whole world. They had anticipated the promised kingdom with excitement, where they would sit on 12 thrones, judging the 12 tribes of Israel. It’s called selective hearing. This was hard to understand, and they wanted to hang on to what they had. The Paraclete also aids the disciples in their witness to Jesus. It occurs in John in 14:16, 15:26, and 16:7. Not only were they told that Jesus was to return to heaven to prepare a place for them in His Father's house, but they heard Him openly proclaim that He was God and equal in every way with the Father. With our 21st century comprehension of the whole counsel of God we find it hard to understand the utter confusion, total disbelief and bitter pain that must have torn at their soul.. as Christ urgently unfolded many profound truths to their hurting hearts - for we have the whole of counsel of God, written for our learning in the Word of God.. which gives us a precious periscope on the glories that are to come. Gospel: Luke 17:11-19 As Jesus continued his journey to Jerusalem, he traveled through Samaria and Galilee. (Ashton, 393-4). He told them that the Holy Spirit would testify about Himself and will confirm to them all that He had taught them. For us and the disciples, it’s possible to see someone’s lips moving but to not listen to what they’re actually saying because we are distracted by our inner pain. In John 14:15-17 Jesus tells the disciples he is going to the Father and promises to send the Holy Spirit to be with them forever. We don’t have to factor out the presence of the Holy Spirit. © SMU Perkins Center for Preaching Excellence. It is hard to hold the two together – goodbye and hello, departure and arrival, crucifixion and resurrection/gift of the Spirit. Reflection on John 15:26-16:4a ~ As a teenager, I came close to stumbling into spiritual gluttony, nearly reducing Spirit, Christ, and Father to the point of separation. But this exciting knowledge was rapidly turning into deep despair.. as Christ condensed as much information as they were able to bear, into a few short teaching hours before setting out on His final walk to Calvary - via the mount of Olives. That same sense of being on the boundary between phases … Continue reading "Commentary on John 15:26-27; 16:4b-15" It’s one in which we participate. Thank you for choosing our airline. Pentecost is not an event we wait for. The emotions of the disciples were in disarray. If you are in a more inward, reflective mood this year, you might want to go with John’s announcement of Pentecost which sounds like something that could indeed happen every day. Commentary on John 15:26-27; 16:4b-15 View Bible Text Perhaps nothing breathes more strongly than the promise and presence of the Spirit in John’s so-called “farewell discourse” of Jesus (John chapters 14-17), portions of which have occupied … We have been promised that the Holy Spirit is not only coming, but is here. They aren’t behaving like a group of people who have been promised the Holy Spirit. Heavenly Father, thank You that You are the king of Israel and Saviour of the world. WITNESS DIVINE AND HUMAN (John 15:26-27) 15:26-27 "When the Helper comes, the Helper whom I will send to you from my Father, I mean the Spirit of Truth who comes forth from the Father, he will be a witness about me. And you will be witness about me because you have been with me from the beginning." He who has seen Me has seen the Father! “We know you have many options in air travel. That’s why Jesus’ disciples in the synoptic gospels are surprised when the tomb is empty. “I must go away… so that the Father may send the Advocate. Instead he finds them huddled together in a locked room for fear of their enemies (20:19). This is the opposite of running hot for a short period of time, and then coasting. They remembered from John the Baptist that Christ was the one Who would baptise with the Holy Spirit and now they were being told that this time had almost come, and that He would be their Comforter. They obeyed and, at Pentecost, were overwhelmed by the Spirit in the form of tongues of fire and multiple, comprehensible languages. They were deeply troubled as Christ continued to urgently unfold many profound truths as to His Person, His Work (on the cross) and the shocking disclosure of His imminent departure. Jesus mentions two crucial reasons here. Others are so preoccupied with the pain of life that they can’t discern the presence of the Spirit of the Risen Lord in any corner of their experience. But their hope in the earthly kingdom had blinded their understanding that Calvary's cross must precede Christ's kingdom - and that it was nescessary to first establish the heavenly (spiritual) kingdom (currently under the dominion of Satan) - before those earthly promises to Israel could finally be fulfilled. This doesn’t sound like something that happens every day. To "abide" means that we "hold to" (NIV) or "continue in" (NRSV, KJV) Jesus' teaching (cf. The emotions of the disciples were in disarray. He stopped listening too soon, and missed the good news in the bad, the joy in the sorrow. Jesus instructed his disciples to stay in Jerusalem until they have been clothed with power from on high (Luke 24:49). This Advocate will be the Spirit of Truth. But Christ gave them much reassurance, and promised that: in that day - that fast approaching day of Pentecost - you will know that I am in My Father, and you in Me, and I in you. We have the promise that the Spirit now lives in us and we now live in the Spirit. There is a reason for that. 1 person will be notified when a comment is added. Despite promises of the sending of the Spirit, in John’s gospel, after Jesus’ death, the Risen Lord does not find his disciples confidently waiting for him to come and breathe on them and give them the gift of the Holy Spirit (20:22). 2) Gospel Reading - John 15:26-16:4a. The disciples had to shift from the narrow lens of Judaism.. and the gospel of the kingdom - to the all-embracing truth of the glorious gospel of Grace - the good news of the glory of Christ.