Day 55: John 16:5-12

Would you have believed Him?  Jesus told the disciples on the night before He went to the cross that it was for their good that He was leaving.   People often imagine what it would have been like to know Jesus when he was on the earth, thinking belief would be easier if they were actually there.  “Nevertheless,” Jesus said, “I tell you the truth: it is to your advantage that I go away, for if I do not go away, the Advocate will not come to you.”

Without the Holy Spirit, the disciples would never have understood Jesus’ words. John 12:16 states, “at first his disciples did not understand…Only after Jesus was glorified did they realize that these things had been written about Him” and that their actions had fulfilled prophecy. “No one knows the thoughts of God except the Spirit of God…that we may understand what God has freely given us.” (1 Corinthians 2:11-12)

Without the Holy Spirit, the disciples had no power to effectively testify to unbelievers that Jesus was God’s Son.  Jesus’ final command before he ascended into heaven was: “Do not leave Jerusalem, but wait for the gift my Father promised…you will receive power when the Holy Spirit comes on you; and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the ends of the earth.”

 

Finally, Jesus had to leave the disciples in order to complete His redeeming work on the cross.  As a man, He could be only one place at a time.  On Pentecost, God poured out His Spirit on all people.  Now, through the Holy Spirit, all people everywhere can worship Jesus and know His presence.

The Holy Spirit works through the church to convict the world:

  1. of people’s sin in their attitude toward Jesus,
  2. of Jesus’ righteousness proved through His resurrection, ascension, and exaltation, and
  3. of God’s judgment of the world and Satan who already stands condemned.

The Holy Spirit’s conviction demands a response. A person can recognize his sin, repent and believe or refuse to admit their wrongdoing and reject Christ.

“The Spirit and the bride (the church) say, ‘Come!’ And let the one who hears say, ‘Come!’ Let the one who is thirsty come; and let the one who wishes, take the free gift of the water of life.”

(Revelation 22:17)

Ask yourself: When and how did you come to Christ?

Share your story of belief in Christ with your family or a friend.

Prayer:  Thank You, Holy Spirit!