25 “Though I have been speaking figuratively, a time is coming when I will no longer use this kind of language but will tell you plainly about my Father. 26 In that day you will ask in my name. I am not saying that I will ask the Father on your behalf. 27 No, the Father himself loves you because you have loved me and have believed that I came from God. 28 I came from the Father and entered the world; now I am leaving the world and going back to the Father.” 29 Then Jesus’ disciples said, “Now you are speaking clearly and without figures of speech. 30 Now we can see that you know all things and that you do not even need to have anyone ask you questions. This makes us believe that you came from God.” 31 “Do you now believe?” Jesus replied. 32 “A time is coming and in fact has come when you will be scattered, each to your own home. You will leave me all alone. Yet I am not alone, for my Father is with me. 33 “I have told you these things, so that in me you may have peace. In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world.”
Jesus has walked on this earth for 33 years or so. His work and ministry is now near completion. He came from the Father; the time has now come when he will be returning to where he came from.
But with his departure, he has not left his disciples as ‘orphans’. He has promised the coming of the Holy Spirit. The Holy Spirit will not only turn the disciples’ sorrow to joy but He will also enable them to come directly to God the Father in Jesus’ name.
With the coming of the Holy Spirit, the status of the disciples has changed. They are now sons and daughters of the Most High God. They can now come boldly to His Throne of Grace without any fear or inhibition.
“The Spirit you received does not make you slaves, so that you live in fear again; rather, the Spirit you received brought about your adoption to sonship. And by him we cry, “Abba, Father” – Romans 8:15
Lord Jesus, thank you for your sacrifice and the gift of the Holy Spirit. Thank you I am now an adopted child of the Most High God. Help me to live a life that is befitting of your son, reflecting your glory on this earth. Remind me time and again that whatever comes my way, I can be an overcomer because You have overcome the world. Amen
Written by Shin Liu