Reading: John 16: 14-15
I think the same fears that gripped the disciples also grips us. Without Jesus in their midst, how would the work continue? Without Jesus leading the way, how do we have the power to do it? Without Jesus, how do we know what to say or where to go? They were full of doubt and questions.
Jesus closes out His earthly time by reassuring the disciples that He is not leaving them alone. He promises them the gift of the Holy Spirit to answer all of their questions and to ease all their fears. In essence, Jesus is giving them His continued presence in the form of the Holy Spirit. Jesus assures them that in the Spirit they will find both Him and God. The coming of the Holy Spirit into their lives will bring them the courage to do the work, the direction on where to go, the guidance on the words to say, and – most importantly – it will be the power of Jesus and God in them.
A frequently asked question on journeys is, “Are we there yet”? On our journey to complete the great commission the answer to this question is obvious. If Jesus has not returned yet, we are not there yet. Until He comes again in glory, our work must continue. Each follower of Jesus Christ must continue to be at work to bring the good news to all people.
The same fears that gripped the first disciples still grip us. We ask how, what, where, when, and why questions all the time. Our answer is the same as theirs was. Through the power of the Holy Spirit, with God and in Jesus. We too are called to trust in the presence, guidance, and power of the Holy Spirit. We too can cast aside our fears and can go out to bring Jesus to the world. May we go filled with the power of the Holy Spirit and with His light shining out from within!!