Friday, February 23rd, 2018

Lent Day 38 — The Holy Spirit


[25] “These things I have spoken to you while I am still with you. [26] But the Helper, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in my name, he will teach you all things and bring to your remembrance all that I have said to you. [27] Peace I leave with you; my peace I give to you. Not as the world gives do I give to you. Let not your hearts be troubled, neither let them be afraid. [28] You heard me say to you, ‘I am going away, and I will come to you.’ If you loved me, you would have rejoiced, because I am going to the Father, for the Father is greater than I. [29] And now I have told you before it takes place, so that when it does take place you may believe. [30] I will no longer talk much with you, for the ruler of this world is coming. He has no claim on me, [31] but I do as the Father has commanded me, so that the world may know that I love the Father. Rise, let us go from here. (John 14:25-31 ESV)

How can I hope to remember all that Jesus said and taught? I cannot without the work of the Holy Spirit. It seems to me that often in the church the Holy Spirit gets bad press. In some ways the Spirit is the hardest part of God in three persons to come to grips with. He seems to work mostly in the background. He is there to teach me all things, so even when I struggle to parse the words of Scripture, I know if I keep at it, it will come, thanks to the Spirit.

Peace. I have been taught that the Hebrew “shalom” has a much deeper meaning than our English “peace.” Shalom is a positive, joyous blessing, not just the absence of conflict.

Jesus was headed for the cross as he spoke these words. The ruler of this world in the person of Judas Iscariot will soon be doing his nefarious thing, and Jesus will soon be in the hands of the Jewish and Roman authorities. And you know the rest of the story.


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