Exodus 16:23-36; 1 Peter 3:13-4:6; John 16:1-15
In Jesus’ farewell discourse (John 13:31-17:26) with his disciples, the bad news announcements seem to come in rapid succession. Not since the book of Job has anyone received so much bad news in such a short period of time. The disciples were probably asking themselves, “Will anyone notice if I slip out of the room?”
Jesus is saying these things in order to prepare the disciples, not only for the horror of the cross, but also for the difficulty that they will face in their future apostolic roles. Jesus adds a promise to these warnings that carries enough good news to balance out the bad. (John 16:4)
Jesus promises that they will not be alone. He and the Father will send the Advocate to them and this leaving will be good for them. (John 16:7)
We all know there are times in our lives, when the pain of death, disease, divorce, and disasters attack us, sometimes coming in rapid succession into our lives. The promise that Jesus made in the upper room to the disciples is a promise to all disciples, including you and me. The Advocate, who was sent to the disciples, is sent to us as well to walk with us all the time.
Prayer: Come, Holy Spirit, come! Amen.
Today’s devotion was written by Dieter Punt,
Pastor at Holy Trinity Lutheran Church in Troutman, NC.