John 1:14 says the Word became flesh and lived among the disciples in the person of Jesus Christ. He was all that the Father would think, say, or do personified. The disciples walked with the word of God and talked to Him. They heard Jesus teach, saw Him love, and witnessed the miracles. God’s Son was alive in their midst, but then He started talking crazy.
John 16:5-7 – “But now I go away to Him who sent Me, and none of you asks Me, ‘Where are You going?’ But because I have said these things to you, sorrow has filled your heart. Nevertheless I tell you the truth. It is to your advantage that I go away; for if I do not go away, the Helper will not come to you; but if I depart, I will send Him to you” (NKJV).
For the longest time I thought all of the traveling and miracle working had finally got to Jesus. The disciples were obviously saddened because He discerned sorrow had filled their hearts, and I’m sure they longed to hear Him say: “You’re right boys. It’s not really a good time for Me to leave right now. I should have been a little more sensitive to your needs. I will hang out as long as you feel it’s necessary. My bad.”
The disciples received no such comfort. Instead, Jesus responded to their distress with, “It is to your advantage that I go away.”
I’m sure they trusted Him, but this just didn’t make any sense. How could it be to their advantage for the Son of God—the Word in the flesh—to go away? Perhaps He meant it was to their enemy’s advantage.
Jesus continued, “For if I do not go away, the Helper will not come to you.” So now, He wasn’t just leaving, He was sending a stranger to take His place! But this wasn’t just any stranger; it was the person of the Holy Spirit. If the Bible is life’s syllabus, the Holy Spirit is its professor. It is to your advantage Jesus went away because now His Spirit lives within you. Get to know Him, and you’ll get to know the heart of Christ.
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