Reading: John 14: 8-17 and 25-27
In today’s passage, Jesus promises the disciples the gift of the Holy Spirit. Like most of us, Philip wants the gift now. He asks Jesus to show them the Father. And in a familiar pattern, Jesus patiently explains that He has been showing them the Father all along. Jesus explains that the words and the works are because the Father is in Him and He is in the Father. Then Jesus tells them again of this gift of the Holy Spirit. With this gift the disciples will experience the indwelling presence of God and Jesus within them. And not only will it be in the disciples, but the Spirit will allow them to do even greater works than Jesus did. The presence of the Holy Spirit is just one more step in bringing the new creation into being.
Jesus was also a step. In His example and in the works He did, Jesus began the process of making all things new. In His teachings He showed a new way, a better way – the way of love. In truly loving others, we reveal the true nature of God. Jesus also began the new creation by restoring people. For some it was a physical restoration: the blind see, the lame walk, the mute speak. For some, like the lepers, there was also an emotional healing as they were restored to the community as well. For still others, the restoration was the first steps to returning to a relationship with God. Jesus was making all things new, providing a glimpse of what the new heaven and earth will be like.
Jesus continued this work with the gift of the Holy Spirit to the disciples at Pentecost and to all who have called on Him as Lord and Savior ever since. The same Spirit dwells in each of us, giving us the power to reveal the new creation that is in motion. Through our lives, words, actions, and deeds, people in our lives can begin to see, understand, and experience what Jesus offers: to be made a new creation. May we be willing servants in the building of His kingdom here on earth.